Kids are no longer just mixing up sweet treats with mommy in the kitchen. A recent New York Times article reported that modern tots are taking a more culinary approach to cooking.

According to the article:

"In the last few years, the children’s cookbook market has moved beyond all-encompassing tomes from Betty Crocker or Better Homes and Gardens. Increasingly customized by age, books now teach toddlers to make lettuce wraps and older children to make entire meals. Some predict that cookbooks for teenagers will be the next break-out category."

To see a few new children’s cookbooks and to learn about this trend,


The popularity of bringing up babe as a sous chef is evidenced by the expanding line of goods for wee ones at Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table, where mini spatulas, safe peelers and attire can be purchased. It seems each seasonal catalog also highlights a pricey product for the under ten set.

We discussed the importance of inviting your children in the kitchen from educational and cultural standpoints. But, do you think it's worth the extra effort when it comes to your family? Check out a few of the newer cookbooks and let us know if you like sharing your chef's hat with your children.