A kids cookbook is a great starting point to get kids interested in cooking. Try The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen Kids ($20, Source Books 2018) or Complete Children’s Cookbook ($25, DK 2015), which both feature more than 100 easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips for beginning cooks, and step-by-step photos.
All chefs need tools, and young chefs need tools that are just the right size for them. Williams Sonoma’s Junior Chef cooking sets are the perfect size for kids and feature a variety of options from bakeware and cooking gadgets to pots and pans and wooden tools. Set prices range from $16-$200.
Speaking of tools, a good starter knife is ideal for teaching kids how to chop safely. Opinel’s Le Petit Chef collection features a knife with a rounded tip and a ring to teach kids where to place their finger to prevent injury. The set includes a peeler, finger guard, and knife, with the option to engrave the handle or blade, or choose just a knife and finger guard. $35-$49.
Let’s face it, kids and cooking can get messy. Wearing an apron in the kitchen does double duty: kids feel like “real” chefs and it helps protect clothing and keep it clean. The apron experts at Hedley & Bennett design quality, handmade aprons with even the youngest chef in mind. Available in sizes to fit toddlers up to adults, in fun and colorful prints and designs. $39-$54 for kids.
Once your child develops a taste for cooking, a subscription to Raddish will inspire your kiddo to keep cooking month after month. Each thematic cooking kit—designed for kids ages four to 14—includes three illustrated recipes, an apron patch (six- and 12-month subscriptions include an apron in the first kit), a kitchen tool, and online bonus materials to extend learning outside of the kitchen. $20-$24 per month.