Great Cookbook for Kids and Young Adults

Today I have a great cookbook for Kids and Young Adults.  Everyone knows that America’s Test Kitchen is the gold standard of cooking shows and now they have lent their know how to a younger audience.  My son and I tried out several recipes just to see how easy and tasty they were and call us impressed.  My son cooked a delicious diner and each plate was empty with no leftovers to boot (see photos below).  I think he prepared the best green beans we have ever tasted!  We have never had this kind of success from a cookbook before, so I knew this was one I had to share.

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Title: The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by American’s Test Kitchen

great cookbook for kids and young adults

What I love about the book:

  • The selection of recipes is impressive.  Usually kid cookbooks limit us to smoothies, pizzas and pasta.  This one really runs the gammit.  I made the Avocado Toast with a perfect fried egg on top.  The Breakfast Tacos with Bacon are delish and my daughter and I are eyeing the Capresse Panini.  We are also game for the Sesame Noodles with Snow Peas and Carrots along with the Rice and Bean Bowls with Corn and Avocado Crema.  There is a desert section, but we have so many other things we want to try, we haven’t made it there yet.  A true sign of a good cookbook.
  • Directions are easy to follow and laid out meticulously.  There are also photos of evey dish along with photos to accompany the skills needed such as Flipping Fish, Prepping Tomatoes, Mincing Garlic and Choping Herbs to name a few.
  • Difficulty levels are noted and ingredient prep and cooking equipment needed are upfront so kids can prepare everything before they start cooking.

Who this book is for:

This book is for kids who are already interested in cooking.  The age range is 10 and up and I would even say that a college kid would be well served by this cookbook.  There is too much complexity for younger children, unless they already feel confident in the kitchen.

Final thoughts:

One of the best starting cookbooks I have seen.  My son and I were really impressed with what we were able to cook.  The one downside is that it is marketed to “young chefs” with younger kids pictured, which made my 16 year old think it was too immature for him before we got into the recipes.  But after tackling a meal, he felt it was perfect for teens.  Pictured is his meal of Crispy Baked Cod, Baked Sweet Potatoes and Garlicky Skillet Green Beans – Absolutely Delicious!



  • maia December 6, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I’m even more excited to receive my copy later today! I just ordered this before i saw your post for my reluctant-reader son who loves to cook!

    • Freya Hooper December 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      We love it! You will definitely be impressed with the things he will cook.


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