The ultimate cookbooks for kids and teens

July 23, 2023 (Last Updated: July 31, 2023)
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Cooking is more than just a necessary life skill; it’s an art that fosters creativity, self-reliance, and a sense of accomplishment. As kids and teenagers continue to show a growing interest in the culinary arts, cookbooks tailored to their needs and interests have become increasingly popular. These cookbooks not only introduce young chefs to the joy of cooking but also instill in them a passion for experimenting with flavours and creating delicious masterpieces in the kitchen. 

Here are five fantastic cookbooks that cater to the budding culinary enthusiasts and also serve as perfect gift ideas!

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Cook and Enjoy for Kids

Cook and Enjoy for kids

Sourced: NB Publishers

The timeless classic Cook and Enjoy by S.J.A. de Villiers has been adapted and tailored specifically for kids. This delightful cookbook presents a collection of child-friendly recipes that are easy to follow and guaranteed to spark joy in the kitchen. From scrumptious snacks to hearty family meals, Cook and Enjoy for Kids introduces young chefs to the fundamentals of cooking with simplicity and flair.

Also available in Afrikaans as Klein Kook en Geniet.


The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Sourced: NB Publishers

Aspiring young chefs seeking a comprehensive culinary guide need look no further. The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs, endorsed by America’s Test Kitchen, is an excellent resource for kids and teens interested in honing their cooking skills. This cookbook covers everything from the basics of kitchen safety and essential techniques to an array of mouthwatering recipes that range from breakfast to dinner and even delectable desserts.


The South African Airfryer Cook Book

Airfryer Cookbook

Sourced: NB Publishers

The air fryer has become a popular appliance in many households due to its healthier cooking method and versatility. In this cookbook, young cooks will discover a collection of South African-inspired recipes adapted for the air fryer. The book boasts a variety of quick and easy meals to pop into the air fryer after school, for lunch, or even dinner when Mom and Dad have gone out! From crispy chicken wings to vegetable spring rolls, The South African Airfryer Cook Book provides a variety of nutritious and delicious recipes that will excite young chefs and encourage them to experiment with new cooking techniques.


MasterChef Junior Cookbook

Masterchef Junior Cookbook

Sourced: NB Publishers

Based on the hit TV show MasterChef Junior, this cookbook is designed to inspire and challenge young cooks with bold and impressive recipes. Filled with tips, tricks, and essential techniques from the show’s talented young contestants, this cookbook encourages kids and teens to step out of their comfort zones and tackle exciting culinary feats in the kitchen.


Baking Cookbook for Teenagers

Baking Cookbook for Teens

Sourced: Google Books

Baking is a creative and rewarding branch of the culinary arts, this cookbook is tailor-made for young bakers eager to learn and explore. Filled with an array of delightfully sweet and savoury treats,  the Baking Cookbook for Teenagers provides step-by-step instructions, making it easy for young bakers to whip up delectable goodies and develop their baking prowess.


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Written by Maegan-Leigh Jacobs

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