If your child is into cooking why not give them some direction – and potentially limit some of the mess – with these kids’ books on food and cooking? If you have a MasterChef, a tween who is wanting to tackle something more complicated than cupcakes or a little adventurer who would appreciate food foraging, this list will help them on their food journey!
Just for fun we’ve included Jolly Good Food: A Children’s Cookbook Inspired by The Stories of Enid Blyton – why not encourage reading and cooking at the same time?
The Cook’s Apprentice: Tips, Techniques and Recipes for New Foodies by Stephane Alexander
For younger readers, the companion to Stephanie Alexander’s classic work, The Cook’s Companion: destined to be another go-to cookbook for families across Australia.
The Cook’s Apprentice is the essential teaching cookbook for the younger cook who’s just starting out. This wonderful book is full to the brim with everything new foodies need to know to become relaxed and confident in the kitchen.
Arranged alphabetically, The Cook’s Apprentice includes 56 ingredient chapters – from Apples to Zucchini – and more than 300 achievable recipes ranging from classics every cook will want to try to exciting new dishes that reflect our diverse nation. Stephanie takes you into her kitchen as she explains more than 100 important techniques in straightforward language, discusses the kitchen tools she likes to use, and describes ingredients you might not know: How do I whisk eggs to soft peaks? What does it mean to ‘make a well’ in dry ingredients? Why should I roast spices? How do I prepare fresh chillies safely? What is ‘resting meat’ and why should I do it? How do I prepare a mango? What flavours work well together? What is fresh mozzarella? How do I say ‘quinoa’?
Chef Academy: Are You Ready For The Challenge? by Steve Martin
Kids will enjoy a hearty three-course meal at Chef Academy. First they learn about food, then how to manage a kitchen and lastly how to run a restaurant and create imaginative food. Filled with facts about nutrition, food preparation and international cuisine, there are fun activities for kids to enjoy, such as designing the perfect three-course meal, making a chefs hat, and much more.
Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples by DK Australia
Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples is the perfect cookbook for young Australians, full of yummy, step-by-step recipes to help children learn to cook. Featuring a bright new cover by Melbourne illustrator, Beci Orpin, and a playful design with fresh food characters that will grab every child’s attention, this book is a must-have for parents teaching their kids how to cook and eat bright, fresh food.
Foraging with Kids by Adele Nozedar
In today’s world of increasingly sedentary lifestyles and a growing detachment from the food that we eat, it has never been more important to encourage children to put down their screens, get outside and engage with the natural world around them. Foraging with Kids is a fun, practical book for parents to work through with their children that encourages families to interact with their environment and gain knowledge and practical understanding of the natural world through exploration and play. The projects are based around 50 easy-to-identify plants that are abundant in parks, forests and hedgerows worldwide, making the challenge of discovering functional flora just as achievable to those who live in the city as in the countryside.
Jolly Good Food: A Children’s Cookbook Inspired by The Stories of Enid Blyton by Enid Blyton, Allegra McEvedy and illustrated by Mark Beech
Delicious and easy recipes, inspired by the beloved stories by Enid Blyton. Bake your own pop-cakes and google buns and wash them down with homemade ginger beer!
Have you ever dreamed of having picnics with the Famous Five, midnight feasts with the Malory Towers girls or party teas with the Folk of the Faraway Tree? With this cookbook, inspired by Enid Blyton’s stories, you can! Packed full of yummy recipes, lively artwork and extracts from Enid Blyton’s stories, this cookbook will inspire children – and the whole family – to get busy in the kitchen. It’s the perfect way to share the pleasure of making and eating food with your child.
There are 42 exciting new recipes designed by top chef and Junior Bake-Off TV judge, Allegra McEvedy, with fabulous illustrations by Mark Beech and glorious food photography too.