Nothing brings families together quite like a good meal. We’ve rounded up the best in new family cookbooks to help freshen your recipe repertoire and get young chefs excited about helping in the kitchen. These books will guide you through everything from breakfast to dinner, with make-ahead tips and recipes for even the pickiest of eaters. From unicorn-inspired desserts to dishes from across the globe, get ready to be even more excited about mealtime.
Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book
The Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook has been helping kids learn to cook for decades. The latest edition continues in the tradition of the older books with kitchen safety tips and introduces tons of new recipes that include dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert. Best for young chefs ages six-10, this kids cookbook includes colorful illustrations to go with the easy-to-follow recipes. Every dish comes with step-by-step instructions, a list of necessary equipment and ingredients, and includes the nutritional information for every recipe. We love the "Did you know?" tip that teaches young chefs something about the ingredients being used.
Why You Should Buy It: Every recipe has swap options for the ingredients. This allows kids to focus on customizing their dishes rather than being labeled as picky eaters.
Available at amazon.com, $13.93.
The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids
There’s one surefire way to get kids to eat a greater variety in their diet, including more fruits and veggies. Get them in on the cooking process! And The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth by Ruby Roth does just that. From snacks (Life Boats), to sandwiches (Leprechaun Tracks) to yummy drinks (Tickled Pink) the kids will find easy-to-follow recipes that will get them exciting about food.
Why you should buy it: There's an important message here about the health of your kids and how that ties into the health of the planet.
Buy it now on amazon, $10.47
The Complete Cookbook For Young Chefs
America's Test Kitchen is empowering the next generation of chefs with their STEAM-focused cookbook featuring recipes and hands-on activities to get kids ages eight-13 busy in the kitchen. Every recipe was tested by more than 750 kids. Your young chefs will love making monkey bread, sesame noodles with snow peas and carrots, sheet pan pizza, crispy baked cod, avocado toast with fried eggs, and birthday cupcakes. The cookbook contains step-by-step photos to go with the instructions and tips for being successful and having fun in the kitchen.
Why You Should Buy It: The Complete Cookbook For Young Chefs is full of testimonials from kids who tested every recipe. The honest talk from peer to peer is perfect to get kids motivated to cook and learn new skills. We also love that America’s Test Kitchen is inspiring kids to eat healthily and learn to cook.
Available at amazon.com, $13.51.
Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything
With over 150 recipes, this new release a perfect combo of new ideas and tried-and-true favorites. From mac and cheese to a large section just for vegetarians, you'll get plenty ideas on how to cook with what you have to tons of options for when you've got to plan out the week's meals.
Why you should buy it: There's also a large section on cooking basics, so this new cookbook from Tasty really is for everyone!
Available at amazon.com, $17.43.
The Peanuts Family Cookbook: Delicious Dishes for Kids to Make with Their Favorite Grown-Ups
Attention all Peanuts™ fans! You're going to love this new cookbook that features Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and everyone's favorite beagle, Snoopy. Charlie Brown and his friends are ready to help kids make 50 tasty recipes, including Warm Puppy Pancakes, Spike's Dessert Waffles, Pig Pen's Scrambled Eggs, Schroeder's Fruit Medley, Lucy's Lemon-aid, and many more. What fall wouldn't be complete without learning how to make Great Pumpkin Pie with Linus and Sally?
Why You Should Buy It: Besides the easy recipes, this family cookbook also includes 75 classic comic strips and original illustrations. It would also make a great holiday gift.
Available at amazon.com, $16.50.
Dinner Like a Boss- Quick, Easy and Healthy Meals for Busy Families
What makes Dinner Like a Boss unique is the book is geared toward busy families that don't have a lot of time to cook but still want healthy and flavorful meals to eat. The book also features tons of variations on each meal. Vegetarian family members are covered with meatless options, and the recipes show how you can add extra or different flavors to each dish. This is perfect for pickier young (or older) eaters. Dinner Like a Boss features more than 50 recipes, many of them with international twists. There is San Choi Bao, Bibimbap, Shakshuka, Aromatic Chicken Noodle Soup, Fajitas, and Meatballs with Hidden Veggies.
Why You Should Buy It: The dessert section is awesome, and all the recipes are healthy too. The Baked Custard with Blueberry Compote and Coconut Popsicles are a must-try.
Available at amazon.com, $13.67.
The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker: 100 Delicious Recipes for Easy Everyday Meals
Nothing beats the flavor of Tex-Mex. But busy parents don't want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing an authentic dinner. That's the beauty of The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker: 100 Delicious Recipes for Easy Everyday Meals. The cookbook shows you exactly how to make 100 easy and flavorful dishes, but with the beauty of the slow cooker. You'll be cooking up Chile Con Queso, Classic Margarita Fajitas, Tamale Pie, and even a Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake dessert.
Why You Should Buy It: The slow cooker is perfect to use in the cooler fall and winter months. The ingredients are flavorful but easy enough to find in your local grocery store.
Available at amazon.com, $16.48.
Easy to Bake Unicorn Cookbook
We can't think of anything more magical than being inspired by unicorns when cooking. This cookbook is full of brightly-colored, beautiful photos, easy to follow recipes and a decorating guide. Many of the recipes can be made in 20 minutes or less. Young chefs will love cooking up Unicorn Hot Chocolate, Slumber Party Unicorn Balls, Rainbow Cake Nirvana, No-Bake Mermaid Cheesecake, Peeps Pizza, and Dirt Worm Pie.
Why You Should Buy It: We love that every recipe has an “easy bake” option. This helps beginner bakers (and those pressed for time) create an awesome dessert in a simplified way.
Available at amazon.com, $24.99.
Siriously Delicious- 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook
Mom and food blogger Siri Daly understands how tough it can be to take care of a household and make sure everyone has delicious and nutritious food to eat when mealtimes come around. In her latest cookbook, Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook, Daly shares 100 easy recipes that the family is guaranteed to love. All her recipes are created easy to make and are full of comfort ingredients that everyone loves. Think Bacon Pizzadillas along with a Spicy Grapefruit Cocktail for the parents. Be sure to check out Daly's Red Tricycle interview where she shares a few of her recipes, including Grilled Cheese Roll Up Dippers, Sneaky One Pot Mexican Pasta and Perfect Banana Mini Muffins.
Why You Should Buy It: This cookbook is not only full of amazing recipes, but we also love Daly's funny stories and mealtime tips designed to make cooking and mealtime a fun experience for the entire family.
Available at amazon.com, $16.84.
American Girl- Around the World Cookbook- Delicious Dishes from Across the Globe
American Girl doll fans will love this cookbook that takes young chefs on a culinary adventure around the world. The 50 recipes in this book are organized by the country that inspired them, and the book contains an illustrated world map with flags—you can find all the recipes by region. Travel to Sweden to make mini meatballs. Trot across the globe for fresh spring rolls in Vietnam or pad thai in Thailand. Head to India to make tikka masala and kids won't want to miss whipping up sticky toffee pudding from Great Britain.
Why You Should Buy It: This book is great about teaching kids cooking skills while also learning about different cultures and countries. Kids will also love the party ideas and be inspired to share their worldly creations with friends and family.
Available at amazon.com, $16.27.
The Ultimate Kids' Cookbook- Fun One-Pot Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love!
The inspiration behind this book comes from Tiffany Dahle who loves cooking with her daughters but found traditional kids cookbooks a bit too simple. So she created this book for kids to cook like grown-ups, but with step-by-step instructions, delicious ingredients and kid-friendly tastes. The book also teaches young chefs important cooking lessons like using proper knives, how to brown ground beef for tacos, and the best way to cook pasta. The recipes vary from Easy Cherry Almond Scones to School Night Chicken Fajitas, to Magic Crunchy Coated fish.
Why You Should Buy It: The cookbook is divided into nine chapters, which includes breakfast, soups and sandwiches, easy dinners, comfort foods, Italian classics, and how to make mealtime special. And with a chapter entitled "Make Your Own Restaurant Food," who needs to eat out again?
Fix, Freeze, Feast, 2nd Edition- The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family; Stock Your Freezer with Ready-to-Cook Meals
Families loved the first edition of this cookbook so much that a second edition is now available with 150 more tasty recipes that will make mealtime a breeze. The key idea in this book is that you cook one recipe in bulk and then freeze at least three nights of dinners for a family of four. The recipes are easy to make, and the focus is on fresh, seasonal ingredients you can find at the grocery store. Recipes include Asparagus and Potato Frittata, Tomato Basil Soup, Moroccan Meatballs, and Sticky Ribs.
Why You Should Buy It: This book is a great solution for families who don't have a lot of time to cook during the week. Making even two recipes on the weekend will get you a week's worth of dinners. You're saving money, time and the family is eating healthy, delicious home-cooked meals.
Available at amazon.com, $12.76.
— Leah R. Singer