They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and that’s why we love family cookbooks. To help freshen up your recipe repertoire and get the kiddos excited to help in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up the best in new family cookbooks. From step-by-step recipes to creative cakes for kids, these books will guide you through everything from breakfast to dinner, with make-ahead tips and recipes for even the pickiest of eaters.


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Dinner Uncomplicated

Claire Tansey is back with her newest cookbook that is packed with 90 inspired easy-to-follow recipes. The simple to shop for ideas are easy on prep work and cleanup, and packed with flavor. Broken up into sections that cater to make-ahead meals, big batch recipes, 45-minute dinners and more, Dinner Uncomplicated takes the guesswork out of meal planning.

Get it here, $24.95

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Stress-Free Family Meal Planning

Part recipe book, part meal planner, this new release is perfect for busy parents. Packed with 75 simple and healthy meal ideas, readers will love weekly plans that have been designed by Kristen McCaffery, a professional meal planner. Enjoy four unique weekly meal plans, plus tasty bonus recipes!

Get it here, $17.99

The Veganaise Cookbook

You don't have to choose between healthy and tasty with this new cookbook. Created with plenty of recipes that incorporate the uber popular Veganaise condiment, the book provides plenty of ways to sneak in veggies. We particularly love the Sneaky Healthy Shepherd's Pie and Herbed Parmesan Polenta Fries.

Get it here, $19.29

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Smoothie Project: The 28-Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age

A smoothie a day keeps anxiety, weight, and stress away! In Catherine McCord's new book, the Weelicious founder shares her top 100 smoothie recipes she's perfected over the years to bring people of any age closer to a healthier life in just 28 days. Her simple recipes help readers to control ADHD symptoms, boost the immune system, improve digestion and much more.

Get it here, $15.67

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Ultimate Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone

Eating and meal prepping just got easier and healthier with this new cookbook from Jamie Oliver. With chapters that include Soups & Sandwiches, Brunch, Pies & Bakes, Curries & Stews, Salads, Burgers & Fritters, Pasta, Rice & Noodles, and Traybakes, there is something for everyone. Vegetarians and parents just looking for a few meat-free meals throughout the week will love the simple recipes that make feeding the kiddos veggies a cinch.

Get it here, $22.49

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Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

In this new release, parents will find 100 doctor-approved recipes that cut the sugar by half or more, from family favorite recipes. Written in a way that provides much needed education and simple ways to implement healthy eating, this cookbook is filled with easy recipes that are so tasty, you won't even miss the sugar. 

Get it here, $16.59

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Simply Real Eating

This beautiful second cookbook from Sarah Adler makes eating healthy a breeze. The collection of recipes reads more like an inspiring memoir on self care, with encouraging ways to establish good habits and entirely gluten-free menu ideas. Many recipes contain five ingredients or less, accompany beautiful photos and are more than family-friendly.

Available on Amazon, $15.99


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The Llamacorn Cookbook

Perfect for budding bakers, The Llamacorn Cookbook's bright photos and easy recipes will inspire everyone. The 96-page book shares 45 recipes, many of which use store bought items to make cooking easy and fun––especially for parents. Kiddos can whip up Llamacorn's Meringue Cookies, Enchanged Unicorn Horns and Lah-Tee-Dah Pink Limeade and plenty more whimsical treats.

Ages: 5+

Get it here, $14.97

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My First Cookbook

America's Test Kitchen has just released their newest book, My First Cookbook and its one for every little up and coming chef. The photo-focused book introduces kitchen language, equipment, helpful kitchen prep and tons of step-by-step instructions that littles (and cooking-challenged adults) will adore. Enjoy simple and delicious recipes for appetizers and snacks, main meals, seasonal goodies and international recipes.

Ages: 5-8

Available on Amazon, $19.99

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Cakes for Kids: 40 Easy Recipes That Will Wow!

Paris-based baker, food artist and cookbook author Juliette Lalbaltry's latest book starts with teaching kids (and their grown-ups) four basic cake recipes (lemon, yogurt, chocolate and rolled sponge).  From these four bases she offers dozens of ideas for clever, totally doable decorations that will guarantee you'll never need to order another party cake. 

Ages: All Ages 

Find it here. $16.99

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The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs

From breads and biscuits to pizza and pie, your little bakers will love America's Test Kitchen's The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs. The 200+ page book include everything your kids need to learn the basics of baking, including frosting 101, measurements and how to zest citrus fruits.

Ages: 8-12

You can purchase on Amazon, $13.59

—Karly Wood

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