Cooking Class

57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)


By Deanna F. Cook

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The kids are taking over the kitchen! Deanna F. Cook presents more than 50 recipes designed for the cooking abilities and tastes of children ages 6 to 12. Basic cooking techniques are explained in kid-friendly language, and recipes include favorites like applesauce, French toast, popcorn chicken, pizza, and more. Full of fresh, healthy ingredients and featuring imaginative presentations like egg mice, fruit flowers, and mashed potato clouds, Cooking Class brings inspiration and confidence to the chefs of the future. 

IACP Award Finalist
2015 “National Parenting Publications Awards” (NAPPA) Gold award winner
2015 Parents’ Choice Award Silver winner
2016 Mom’s Choice Award Gold winner
2015 NPR Great Reads
2019 New York Times "Best Cookbooks for Kids"

Also available in the Cooking Class series: Baking Class and Cooking Class Global Feast!


Chapter One: Welcome to Cooking Class!
Do you like to cook? Maybe you’ve helped your family in the kitchen with dinner or baked brownies for dessert with your friends. Or maybe you’re just hungry for a homemade snack. This book is filled with fun and easy recipes that teach kids how to cook. Each recipe was tested by kids just like you for ease (“Fast!” or “Took too long!”), taste (“Yum!” or “Yuck!”), and overall fun factor.
Before you put on your apron, take some time to read this introductory chapter all the way through. It has helpful tips for junior chefs, like what kitchen tools to have on hand and how to measure carefully. It also shows you how to properly use a paring knife and other ways to be safe in the kitchen. But most important, you’ll learn how to cook up some fun in the kitchen!
Lesson One: Review the Rules
Start good cooking habits from the get-go by following these basic kitchen rules. Ask an adult for permission to make a recipe. Ask for help, too, if you have questions along the way.
1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap before you handle food. Scrub well for 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to recite the alphabet.
2. Roll up long sleeves and wear an apron or smock (an oversize T-shirt will do the trick nicely). Tie back long hair to keep it away from food. You can even wear a bandanna or chef’s hat!
3. Read the recipe from start to finish before you begin. Follow the steps closely.
4. Put out all the ingredients from the “Here’s What You Need” list to be sure you have everything.
5. Measure carefully (see the tips in lesson 5).
6. Use a timer so you don’t burn or overcook anything.
7. Always use pot holders when touching hot pans and dishes.
8. Most important, clean up afterward!
Lesson Two: Get Your Kitchen in Order!
Start with the recipes in this book — put a check mark next to each one you try. You can also create your own folder or recipe box for storing recipes from magazines and websites. Use the recipe cards in the back of the book to write down some favorite family recipes or ones that you come up with yourself.
Find a box or clear plastic container and stock it with your own cooking tools. Label or decorate your container. (See the stickers in the back of the book.) You’ll want to start with: • measuring spoons & cups
  • whisk
  • paring knife
  • rolling pin
  • clean scissors
  • mixing spoon
  • spatula
  • tongs
  • pastry brush
  • melon baller
  • pizza cutter
  • Clear off a kitchen countertop so you have plenty of room to cook. A kitchen table is a great place to prep food, too.
  • If the work space is too high for you to comfortably reach, find a sturdy stool to stand on.
  • Be sure the floor isn’t wet — you don’t want to slip and fall!
Lesson Three: Start with Good Ingredients
MAKE A LIST before you shop. This will save you time and money, and you won’t forget an important ingredient.
USE FRESH INGREDIENTS as much as possible. Whenever you can, choose organic fruits and veggies. They taste great, have more nutrients, and are better for the environment.
PICK YOUR OWN. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you can pick veggies for your recipes. If not, stop at your nearest farmers’ market to stock up. These markets usually also sell meats, cheeses, and eggs that are organic and/or local. During the winter, though, frozen vegetables often taste better and have more nutrients than fresh ones shipped from far away.
STORE YOUR PRODUCE properly until you use it, and clean it well before cooking. Rinse fruits and vegetables under cold water to remove any dirt. Use a scrub brush on hard items like carrots and potatoes to make washing them easier.


  • "Of all the kids' cooking books that have crossed my threshold over the years, this is the one that seems to have struck gold. I usually hand kids' cookbooks to my daughter (she's 9 now) for a first opinion before looking at them myself; this one I never got back. Cooking Class, written by family-magazine editor and kids'-cooking specialist Deanna Cook, seems to know how to talk directly to kids (or at least bookish kids who are seriously motivated to feed themselves) with minimal interference from parents. Part of the appeal is that it's such an intensely visual book, full of colorful pages, punchy graphics and clear instructions. It's got peel-off labels for your homemade dressings (because even a kid independent enough to cook for herself is still a kid, and hence not immune to the charm of stickers). It's got pictures of other kids cooking by themselves. And now, our copy's got stains and sticky spots — sure signs of devotion no matter what the cook's age." — T. Susan Chang, NPR

    "Spiral-bound, with glossy, easy-to-clean covers, these cookbooks are bright and colorful, with recipes that range in difficulty from very easy (mug cake, salad dressing) to more complicated (crepes, spring rolls). They are perfect for children who want a thorough introduction to the kitchen, including basic rules for safety, vocabulary, setting a table and — you’re going to love this, parents — cleaning up. They are written for children ages 8 to 12, but again, younger ones will find something for them here, too." — New York Times

    "Cooking Class is a fantastic how-to-cook book for kids. They’ll get an overview of basic cooking skills, learn kitchen vocabulary, and even learn how to set a table. The book includes press-out bonus material like recipe cards, table discussion cards, place cards, and four sheets of stickers. Includes recipes for fruit roll-ups, popcorn chicken, and mashed potato clouds." — Book Riot

    “An appealing blend of fun techniques (flowers made of fruit, anyone?) and practical recipes (omelets, apple crisp) make former FamilyFun editor Deanna F. Cook’s new book, Cooking Class, a must-have for any budding chef. The recipe variations and open-ended projects let kids take their culinary creativity to the next level.” — FamilyFun
"There comes a time, kids, when you've got to expand your kitchen repertoire beyond mac 'n cheese, hot dogs, and PBJ. French Toast on a Stick, Quiche Cupcakes, Tiny Tomato Toast, and Lettuce Roll-Ups are so much more interesting and healthy, especially when you've made them all by yourself. No matter what you want to cook, this book has you covered, with helpful photos, easy-to-follow instructions, and quirky twists on recipes." — Foreword Reviews
"For any parent who is in full 'how do I start' shrug mode, wondering how to bring their kid into the kitchen — pick this up: a few recipes in, the goal will be accomplished." — Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook, Creator of blog
"A creative, hands-on collection of fun, kid-friendly recipes, with easy step-by-step directions and inspiring photos." — Ann Hallock, Editor-in-Chief, FamilyFun magazine
"This book teaches kids that the art and pleasure of cooking isn't just about how to crack an egg or dice a tomato — it's about preparing and sharing tasty, healthful foods in creative ways." — Amanda Kingloff, author of Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun

On Sale
Mar 10, 2015
Page Count
144 pages

Deanna F. Cook

Deanna F. Cook

About the Author

Deanna F. Cook is the award-winning author of cookbooks for kids, including the best-selling Cooking Class, Baking Class,and Cooking Class Global Feast! She served as the creative development director at FamilyFun magazine and has been an editor at Scholastic, Disney, and She lives in western Massachusetts and can be found online at

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