Our Favorite New Family Cookbooks

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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.

Food Network Magazine The Recipe-A-Day Kids Cookbook

With 365 recipes and a photo for each one, kids will immediately love this cookbook that brings major cooking inspo. Arranged by month, small chefs can either follow the day of the year or pick and choose what to make. There's plenty to be whipped up: from drinks and desserts to dinner and snacks.

Available on Amazon, $19

Disney Princess Tea Parties

It's pinkies up with this new Disney cookbook! With over 50 recipes inspired by your favorite princesses, little chefs will have everything they need to throw the perfect tea party. Choose from fancy sips like Under the Sea Pineapple Punch, tiny sandwiches that include Moana Toasted Coconut-Banana Toast and sweat treats like Flynn Rider Blondie Bites. With stunning accompanying photos, adults will love digging into this book just as much as kids.

Available on Amazon, $20

America's Test Kitchen

The Complete Cookbook for Teen Chefs

Get ready for a kitchen takeover as this fun cookbook from America's Test Kitchen will definitely inspire the next generation of chefs. It starts them off with some kitchen fundamentals like why it's important to read a recipe all the way through before trying it, and then sends them off to try recipes like Shiitake-Beef Ramen, Cheeseburger Sliders and Esquites. Recipes are ranked by difficulty and there are quite a few vegetarian options for Meatless Mondays. 

Get it here, $16.99. 


Cook It! The Dr. Seuss Cookbook for Kid Chefs

Chewy Blue Goo, Boxed Gox, Lorax Leaves, oh my! Any Dr. Seuss fan will love the 50+ recipes that embrace the whimsical nature of the famed author, while also sneakily serving up healthy grub.

Get it here, $15

From 2021


America's Test Kitchen Kids

The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists

Not only will kids create some amazing baked goods with this book, but they'll learn the science behind HOW. Young scientists will learn what makes bread rise, why vegetables are green and so much more.

Get it here, $15


Bake, Make & Learn to Cook

2019's Great British Baking Show winner David Atherton brings us quite possibly the cutest cookbook we've ever seen. Illustrated with whimsical images by Rachel Stubbs, Atherton shares healthy recipes that are fun for bakers and chefs of all ages. Kids will love everything from the Hummus Lion to the Cakey Caterpiller.

Pre-order here with a Nov. 2 release date, $16

Bloom Books for Young Readers

The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbooks for Kids

What better way to immerse yourself in the wizarding world than with a few magical recipes? Alana Al-Hatlani's newest release brings 50 simple recipes to the table that include inspired recipes like Pumpkin Pasties, Muggle-Style Pizza and Treacle Tarts.

Get it here, $16

Wild Child: Adventure Cooking with Kids

Sarah Glover, the James Beard Award-nominated author of Wild: Adventure Cooking, brings us this lovely book that will definitely motivate you and your kids to get cooking outdoors. From campfire bananas to food cooked in coconut, this book will definitely up your camping food game. 

Get yours here, $16. 

Hearst Home Kids

The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book

Packed with over 100 recipes, Food Network Magazine's new cookbook for kids is fun for the entire fam. Not only do the pages contain no-bake treats, tons of rainbow sweets and food crafts, but also trivia to keep everyone on their toes.

Get it here, $16

Food Fun: An Activity Book for Young Chefs

Our friends at America's Test Kitchen are back with this fun cookbook and activity book for young chefs. There are recipes, word finds, Mad Libs and more. Your kids will love finding out the science of salt and why different chocolates taste so different from each other. 

Get it here, $13. 


Clarkson Potter

Life Is What You Bake It

Great American Baking Show winner Vallery Lomas shares over 100 delicious recipes that include everything from biscuits and moon pies to crepe cakes.

Get it here, $22

Ulysses Press

The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook: Bewitchingly Delicious Recipes for Fans of the Halloween Classic

Compiled with recipes from Bridget Thoreson, kids and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy running amok, amok, amok over William’s Wormy Bed Dirt Cake while enjoying your family movie night. The 60+ collection of recipes boasts must-make meals that bring the film to life, like Mischief Night Pasta and Baked Witch Casserole.

Get it here, $15

Adams Media

The "I Love My Air Fryer" 5-Ingredient Recipe Book

So you have a brand new air fryer, now what? Make every meal a breeze with this 5-ingredient cookbook that includes everything from breakfast to dinner and snacks. Each recipe requires only five main ingredients plus pantry staples like salt and pepper. 

Get it here, $14

Insight Kids

Disney Villains: Devilishly Delicious Cookbook

Follow the villains as they share some of their fave recipes in this fun new cookbook. Perfect for Halloween or any spooky soiree, this 50+ recipe book contains easy to follow recipes and treats like Poison Apples, Tiger Tails and Bald Mountain Cookies.

Get it here, $18

Prospect Park Books

Lush Life

Embrace your inner Californian with this beautifully photographed cookbook packed with recipes for every season. Valerie Rush brings her simple methods with minimal ingredients to the table, alongside coordinating cocktails and wine suggestions. Perfect as a gift or anyone who enjoys gorgeous meals.

Get it here, $28

Adams Media


Did you become a pandemic baker? If you're itching to up your bread game, this new cookbook is what you need. With 100 recipes that include sourdough, nut and sweet breads, this beginner's guide puts artisanal bread at your fingertips.

Get it here, $18

Adams Media

The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook: The Kid-Friendly, Pediatrician-Approved Way to Transform Your Family's Health

Getting your kiddos to eat healthy just got easier. Written by accredited chefs, nutritionists and pediatric doctors, the 100-recipe book is packed with simple recipes for better lunches, quick weeknight dinners and healthy desserts.

Get it here, $19

Ulysses Press

The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook

Created by long-time fan, Jeanette Hurt, this new cookbook shines bright on all things ALDI. Using go-to ingredients and special finds from the cult fave grocer, this recipe book makes meal planning and cooking fun and easy.

Get it here, $16

Adams Media

The "I Love My Instant Pot" 5-Ingredient Recipe Book

Are you intimidated by our Instant Pot? Then this cookbook is for you. It's packed with 175 recipes that range from easy peasy to decently challenging. While many of the recipes do exceed five ingredients (the author doesn't count basic spices or common items like milk that you probably already have on hand), they are enough to shake up meal time in all the right ways.

Get it here, $14

—Karly Wood

Feature photo: iStock



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