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For teens considering picking up a new hobby, look no further. This list of cookbooks written with teens in mind (and, in many cases, by teens) provides the framework and challenges aspiring chefs of all skill levels can enjoy. From comfort basics to more complex recipes featuring unusual ingredients, these recipes cover it all. Get hooked on cooking while developing problem solving skills, independence, and confidence (no matter your age)!
Need a simple snack while you leaf through these suggestions? Try pita bread pizza.
Cook with Amber: Fun, Fresh Recipes to Get You in the Kitchen by Amber Kelley
Winner of Food Network Star Kids, Amber Kelley compiles 80 recipes to sustain the body and cultivate culinary creativity. With an eye for what teens want, Kelley offers photos along with recipes for every occasion (including a food-based facial scrub). Cook with Amber impresses with simple instructions and a mix of recipes for palates looking to expand horizons.
Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold
Award-winning and famed chef Rozanne Gold makes great dishes possible for teens in this selection of over 80 recipes. With photos of real young chefs (ages 9-19) demonstrating successful culinary adventures, Eat Fresh Food brings teen favorites like mac-and-cheese and tacos to the table with step-by-step instructions and simplified ingredient lists. Recipes include some vegan and vegetarian options with an overall focus on healthy choices.
Get Cooking by Sam Stern
Young British chef Sam Stern takes up the challenge of building recipes around his friends’ favorite foods. Find delicious plates made up of tomatoes, cheese, pasta, vegetables, meat, potatoes, sweets, and chocolate in this collection of easy-to-follow instructions. Get Cooking will appeal to a broad range of tastes from laid back to sophisticated. Stern advocates for buying local alongside photos of completed dishes.
The How-To Cookbook for Teens: 100 Easy Recipes to Learn the Basics by Julee Morrison
Author of the Mommy’s Memorandum blog Julee Morrison has beginner cooks in mind with her How-To Cookbook for Teens. A mix of classic and innovative dishes make up 100 recipes for readers to explore with everything from breakfast to dessert. Complete with a glossary, explanations on the very basics of cooking, and additional tips and tricks, this cookbook has easy-to-follow instructions that aid chefs in making delicious products.
The Official Chase ‘n Yur Face Cookbook: Tasty Recipes & Fun Facts to Start Your Food Adventure by Chase Bailey
YouTuber and food lover Chase Bailey amazes with dozens of exciting recipes. From Grilled Portobello Rice Bowls to Cheesy Gravy to Brownie S’Mores Sandwiches, The Official Chase ‘n Yur Face Cookbook hits to satisfy all the cravings. Chefs who are seeking vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will love what Bailey brings to the table with fun facts on every page and plenty of personality. Vibrant photos fit right in with this dynamic and energetic cookbook.
Teen Chef Cooks: Food Network’s Chopped Teen Grand Champion: 80 Scrumptious, Family-Friendly Recipes by Eliana de Las Casas
Food Network Chopped Teen Grand Champion and multiple award-winning chef Eliana de Las Casas presents 80 recipes divided seasonally with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. De Las Casas’ kitchen story adds a personal touch, promising a heartfelt dedication to quality in her recipes. Distilling impressive-sounding dishes into simple ingredients and easy steps, Teen Chef Cooks introduces teens to dishes such as Watermelon Panzanella and Latin Slaw.
Teen Cuisine: New Vegetarian by Matthew Locricchio
Actor-turned-cookbook author Matthew Locricchio brings his expertise to the teen population with this assortment of vegetarian plates. With 50 sets of instructions, Locricchio provides everything from appetizers to desserts while offering essential tips on equipment, safety, kitchen vocabulary, and tricks of the trade. This collection leans into comfort by way of familiarity, sticking to well-known concepts including vegetarian sushi and more.
A Teen Guide to Eco-Gardening, Food, and Cooking by Jen Green
Jen Green, author of hundreds of nonfiction titles for readers of all ages links gardening and cooking in this jam-packed guide. Accounting for small-space gardening, A Teen Guide to Eco-Gardening, Food, and Cooking prepares aspiring chefs to start from before scratch. With suggestions on how to approach cooking with sustainability in mind, this guide makes ecologically conscious living attainable.