Wiliams-Sonoma The Kid’s Cookbook

Wiliams-Sonoma The Kid’s CookbookWhen you look through kids’ cookbooks, you tend to see a lot of the same recipes over and over again, like macaroni and cheese, chicken strips and chocolate chip cookies. You’ll also see lots of dishes that have silly names and have cartoon-ish illustrations to go along with them. These books are fun and appealing – but I tend to think that kids are just as likely to see a beautiful food photo and want to make that dish, as they are to see a cartoon illustation and get the same inspiration. Wiliams-Sonoma’s The Kid’s Cookbook is set up more like a “real” cookbook. The silly names are kept to a minimum and there are gorgeous photos of tasty-looking dishes, as well as of the kids making them, to go with each recipe.

The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow, but aren’t dumbed down to the point where flavor is sacrificed. These are real recipes that make real dishes. They are written so that kids can easily make them on their own. Some are more involved than others, but children of any age should be able to find recipes that they can do on their own in here. And younger kids can easily make even the more complex recipes (which are still not difficult, but might involve multiple steps) with a little adult intervention.  Recipes include all meals, from breakfast to dessert, and include dishes like Banana Pancakes, Macaroni and Cheese, Apple Pie and Chocolate Mousse.

The book has a great introductory section and is very good about listing all the tools needed for every recipe. Kids, especially older kids who have some kitchen experience, will be able to make the recipes easily, but the book also provides a great introduction to the kitchen for cooks who are just starting out.

7 comments

  1. Thank you for this Nicole. As the mother of one boy (admittedly under two) and the organiser of several baking events /baking school for pre-schoolers I am always looking out for new recipes. As you already pointed out most books are rather useless so I tend to adapt my own recipes into the right level. This book however will definitely be on my to-buy list. :)

  2. they also do two crucial things (in my opinion) for beginning cooks: the entire recipe is on one page (no page-turning while your hands are full) and a PICTURE.

  3. Hi! I love your blog, and I make a lot of recipes from it. Would you mind if I posted some the recipes from here on my blog, as long as I say that they are from here? Thanks – Sophia

  4. I have this cookbook and LOVE cooking from it – even when cooking for adults. I even bought a copy for my nieces last christmas and would also recommend it to anyone looking for a good kids cookbok.

  5. My two boys, ages 12 and 10, love this cookbook! And have made quite a few things from it! And my 5 year old daughter loves to look at the pictures! Highly recommended!

  6. I bought this [when it was first published] for my husband to learn the basics, and not only can he follow the recipes [with no cooking experience], but it’s simple enough for a child. I agree that with the entire recipe being on one page, pictures of each recipe, AND a spiral spine [so it LAYS FLAT!], this really is one of the best basic cookbooks out there.

  7. I have this one. My wife got it for my son and I for Fathers Day. I don’t know if it was the book or just the idea… However, it has spawned many a new adventures for the two us!
    I would recommend it… Simple, straight forward. The cool thing is that it is hard cover and spiraled… So it will last and one does not have to force it to stay open.

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