Cooking is a great way for parents and children to bond, so we love that these cookbooks encourage kids to jump right into the kitchen.
Cooking is such a great skill to teach your children: it helps them to become more independent, learn about nutrition and can ignite a lifelong passion for food. If you need some inspiration about what to cook with your little one, then a children's cookbook should be your first port of call. As they are specifically created for small hands, there are lots of great recipes for you to try out. Check out some of our top picks below.
Relish: My Life In The Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
As the daughter of a chef and a gourmet, Lucy Knisley knows a thing or two about food. This illustrated book showcases Lucy's childhood, which was always focused on food, before providing an accessible recipe at the end of each chapter. This one might be a bit better for older kids or tweens, but there's no denying that this is a great child-friendly cookbook.
The International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Loricchio
This 2012 book is a child-friendly classic at this stage. Featuring heaps of recipes that focus on four major cuisines - Italy, France, China, and Mexico - this book is sure to teach budding chefs how to master the art of delicious food. As a bonus, the required ingredients aren't too expensive and the techniques are easy enough to master, so you and your child will be cooking up a storm together in no time!
Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay
Donna Hay is one of Australia's best-loved cooks and this book highlights why. Including over 120 recipes, this book is ideal if your child has an interest in food, as it will help to teach them (and you!) the basic skills needed to master any recipe.
Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes by Julia Donaldson
This book is perfect for younger children thanks to its inventive recipes and colourfully illustrated pages. Inspired by The Gruffalo picture book, this cookbook includes 24 recipes that are sure to help your little one find their feet in the kitchen.
Bake Me A Celebration Story by Nadiya Hussain
This book from Great British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussain is part-cookbook, part-storybook. The recipes, which are themed around events like Valentine's Day, Holi and Chinese New Year, are inventive and accompanied by gorgeous illustrations. If your child has an interest in baking, then this is the book for them.