Get the kids in the kitchen cooking up a storm (and probably a mess, too) using these kid-friendly cook books.
Ella’s Kitchen, The Cook Book: the Red One
Ella’s Kitchen’s range of pouches and snacks is a go-to for plenty of mums when they start to wean their little ones and for toddlers on the go. The Cook Books: the Red One contains a tonne of tasty, healthy recipes that are easy to prepare, even for the tiniest of budding chefs. There are snacks and light meals that can be rustled up in minutes as well as wholesome meals to serve up for the family supper. Strapped for time? The book is packed with clever twists and shortcuts to make life as easy as possible for busy parents. Plus there are leisurely breakfast recipes to try including blueberry pancakes as well as fun ideas for getting children involved in preparing, cooking and exploring food. And when they are tucking into their delicious creations they can have fun colouring-in some of the pages and stickers on pages. It’s the book that keeps on giving.
Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes by Julia Donaldson
Children’s favourite, Julia Donaldson, has packed a load of Gruffalo-themed recipes into this cookery book. You and the kids can make sweet treats, healthy snacks and simple meals including owl ice cream, scrambled snake, roasted fox, and of course... Gruffalo crumble. There are 25 recipes that have been specially designed for adults to do with their kids and all include easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, plus lots of hints and tips on what to do next. Perfect for when little tummies start to rumble.
Little Green Kitchen: Simple vegetarian family recipes by David Frenkiel
There are more than 60 recipes to try with the littlest family members in this mega cook book. And adults can even upgrade their dish and swap out some of the ingredients for added tastiness (poached egg on top of that? Maybe some spicy sauce?). All of the dishes are veggie-packed, colourful, kid-friendly and simple – with most taking under 30 minutes to prepare. Now you just need to make sure they do all the washing up once they’ve finished.
Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: Fifteen Stories and Recipes for Children by Nadiya Hussain
She now only won British TV cookery show, The Great British Off, but Nadiya Hussain has written loads of cook books and has had a children’s book published, so she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to kids and cooking. This cook book is a cool combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by Hussain herself and illustrated by Clair Rossiter. Make butter-bean patties and, while they are in the oven, enjoy the story of Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk; meet Ruby-Red and the Three Bears, then bake your Very-Berry muffins and join Rapunzel on an adventure, then make her carrot and nutmeg cookies.
The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook: Hands-on Fun in the Kitchen for 1 to 4s by Annabel Woolmer
Toddlers love to make a mess and so will have masses of fun being able to mix, sort, pour and squish various ingredients together to make something they can eat (something most also enjoy doing, along with throwing it all around the kitchen). Aimed at tiny tots between one and four, the recipes in this book are completely toddler appropriate and have been created with minimal need to adult intervention – so kick back and relax for five minutes mums and dads. And the end result? Expect to tuck into child-friendly dishes like dino burgers (made with spinach, quinoa, oats and peas), spinach waffles and stuffed rainbow tomatoes with black rice, feta, raisins and cinnamon. There will be (hopefully) wholesome meals that won’t only appeal to the little ones, but that also are interesting enough for adults to enjoy. And who know, you may get some food into their mouths rather than onto the floor.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory by Dinah Bucholz
Harry Potter fans (and even those who aren’t familiar with the beloved wizard and his group of magical mates) will love everything about this cook book. Kids can conjure up feasts that rival the Great Hall's, sweets fit for the Minister of Magic, snacks you'd find on the Hogwarts Express, and more, no wands required. Whip up bangers and mash, pumpkin juice and cauldron cakes or have a go at making Harry’s favourite desert, treacle tart. You can even cook up your own meat pies just like Mrs Weasley’s version. Wingardium Leviosa all that food in your tummy!