Do you have child who loves to cook? Invent recipes? Make menu plans? Yeah, I have a culinary kid too. A culinary kid is the one that meets you in the kitchen as soon as the coffee is poured each morning to see if there is something he or she can help make. Before you know it, they graduate from cookies and scrambled eggs to chicken marsala and enchiladas. The Underling and a few of the Cohorts are brilliant in the kitchen. Below, I’ve compiled a list of gift ideas for kids who love to cook or desperately want to spend more time in the kitchen with you. I’ve tried to include something for all ages of culinary kids. Some of the links below are affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here.
- Do you have a local business that offers cooking classes for children? Check with shops that offer adult cooking classes (they may offer a special children’s workshop or class if you can help them round up enough attendees). Your local grocery store may also offer cooking classes or demonstrations.
- Online cooking classes from Craftsy are another option. Craftsy has a lot of cooking classes to choose from with a variety of prices. They are self paced, so your chef can dive in and take as much time as they want. The Underling took The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking with Bill Briwa by The Great Courses and loved it. There are online videos and it comes with downloadable class materials (including recipes). We enjoyed most of the dishes he created from the class. I recommend these classes for ages 13 and up usually, but a mature younger child who loves cooking may be interested in some of the titles.
- Cook for Yourself from JAM is for ages 9 to 14. The Underling hasn’t taken this class from JAM, but he did take one of their others classes and LOVED it. I’m a huge fan of their format and they are super responsive if you have a question or need help. I highly recommend this company overall.
- Step Stool Chef is designed for ages 3 to 10. Besides the two class levels offered, their website is full of free recipes and videos.
- MasterChef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks is not your mama’s cookbook. These are serious recipes for a serious chef. The recipes are step by step, easy to read and follow, and are delicious.
- Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Culinary Skills for the New Cook in the Kitchen is the perfect cookbook for beginners. This book starts with a description of basic tools and instruction on how to read a recipe. Like the cookbook above, these are real recipes designed to help kids learn how to cook a variety of different foods.
- How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food–With 1,000 Photos not only has the basic definitions and kitchen equipment basics, it is literally the basics of cooking. Learn how to scramble eggs, make a pancake mix, and braise meat.
- We are lucky enough to know some master seamstresses. If you aren’t, then let me recommend one of mine. Peg and Bird is an Etsy shop run by a fellow homeschool mom and she has some kid aprons in a variety of fun prints for sell this season.
- StarPack Nylon Kitchen Knife Set (3 Piece) – The Perfect Kids Knife, Lettuce Knife and Safe Kitchen Knife – Bonus 101 Cooking Tips is a kid-friendly knife set. I’m not going to tell you that it is impossible to cut your fingers with these knives (I’ve learned nothing is impossible when children are involved), so instead I will tell you it is less likely.
- One of the Cohorts loved to plan out dinners, craft grocery lists, and then put the plan in motion. I couldn’t find a link to the one I bought her all those years ago, but this Weekly Meal Planner is very similar. There are so many choices on the market, you’re bound to find the perfect option for your culinary kid.
- Teach Kids to Cook has two different magazine options. Butternut is written for ages 3 to 6 years. Ingredient is written for ages 7 to 13 years. The Underling received Ingredient as a gift and we enjoyed it considerably. To see if either of these magazines are right for you, you can download a free sample issue from their website.
- Chopchop Magazine is written for children, I would say especially children ages 6 to 12. This subscription is also available in Spanish.
- Cook’s Illustrated is a great subscription for teenagers (and adults). The magazine offers cooking tips, recipes, and reviews on kitchen products and techniques.
SUBSCRIPTION BOXES We’ve never subscribed or received either of these monthly culinary subscription boxes. For those reasons, these are not affiliate links and I offer no opinion one way or another on either product. However, I’m a fan of subscription boxes, so I wanted to include them in this post.