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.


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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

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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

photo: 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. 

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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. 


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The New Fondue Cookbook

How do you spell fun, family dinner? F-O-N-D-U-E! The DIY dinner activity is extra special with this new cookbook. Dip everything from breakfast fondue and shabu shabu to marscapone and donuts, this cookbook is a must for making meals memorable.

Get it here, $17.99

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The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook

The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook is packed with 100 recipes and they’re all Disney inspired. From park classics like churros and Dole Whips to new offerings that include Star Wars blue milk, this book is a must for Disney foodies. The cookbook is organized by park and includes Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and California Adventure. 

Get it here, $13.99

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7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week

Tired of the same old recipes? Jamie Oliver is here to give you 7 ways to reinvent family faves. Packed with over 120 recipes, Oliver uses 18 of the most popular ingredients to give you a fresh take on meals.

Get it here, $19.49

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The Everything Plant-Based Meal Prep Cookbook

Plant-based eating just got easier. Over 200 recipes are included in this easy to follow book that also comes with two full-week meal plans. Enjoy tasty, make ahead meals that even incorporate your Instant Pot.

Get it here, $18.99

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East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing

The newest cookbook from Meera Sodha takes home chefs on a journey through India, Singapore, Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Packed with quick weeknight recipes and easy to find ingredients, the vegan and vegetarian book is perfect for diners of any palate.

Get it here, $28.99

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Disney Eats

Miss the Disney Parks? Now you can bring home a piece of the magic with this 150-recipe cookbook. The full-colored book is packed with everything from easy treats to holiday sweets, all with Disney-inspired characters. The simple recipes make this a perfect book for young chefs or families who love to spend time in the kitchen together.

Get it here, $23.09

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The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook

Accio tasty recipes! Your magic-obsessed kiddos will love whipping up recipes inspired by their fave wizard franchise. From treacle tarts and trifles to Muggle meals, this 75-recipe book comes with easy instructions, color photos and all the magic you'd expect.

Get it here, $17.64

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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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Barbie Bakes

Barbie, Skipper, Chelsea and Stacy are ready to bake! This 50+ recipe book is chock full of the Roberts' family faves, with cookies, brownies, breads, pies and healthy snacks. Not only can bakers pour over the bright photos and easy-to-understand recipes, but they can also learn from the pantry staples and substitution sections that make baking a breeze.

Get it here, $15.97

photo: Weldon Owen

Disney Princess Baking

Over 60 royal recipes await in the new Disney Princess Baking cookbook. With categories that include morning treat, cakes, bars, cookies, pies and tarts, this comprehensive baker's book is great for budding chefs. While the recipes are a little more complex for a beginner, they make the perfect challenge for kiddos looking to up their skills.

Get it here, $17.99

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The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs

Budding bakers will love this DIY book that gives the perfect foundation for making their fave foods from scratch. The 100+ recipe book comes with tons of step-by step instructions and photos, quotes from kids and all the encouragement they need to be confident in the kitchen.

Get it here, $17.99

photo: Weldon Owen

Peanuts Lunch Bag Cookbook

The Peanuts gang is here to spice up your kiddos lunch! Packed with over 50 recipes and 60+ comic strips, this fun cookbook puts a fun twist on kid-friendly recipes, sneaking in a fair amount of fruit and veggies in the process.

Get it here, $24.99

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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

photo: America's Test Kitchen Kids

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

photo: Gibbs Smith

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

photo: America's Test Kitchen Kids

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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