America’s Test Kitchen The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs

Last updated: December 28, 2022


Young chefs can learn while they bake with this cookbook, which covers making everything from soft pretzels to chewy brownies. The recipes were tested by 5,000 children to ensure they’re kid-friendly. Each recipe includes step-by-step photos, along with tips that help children develop lifelong baking skills.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: Designed for children by children, this baking cookbook includes recipes for even the pickiest palates.

In our analysis of 40 expert reviews, the America’s Test Kitchen The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

From the creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook for kids comes the ultimate baking book. America’s Test Kitchen once again brings their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS! BAKING ISN’T JUST FOR CUPCAKES. Want to make your own soft pretzels? Or wow your friends with homemade empanadas? What about creating a showstopping pie? Maybe some chewy brownies after school? From breakfast to breads, from cookies to cakes (yes, even cupcakes!), learn to bake it all here. You can do this, and it’s fun! Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 5,000 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels―including recipes for breakfast, breads, pizzas, cookies, cupcakes, and more. Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen. Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America’s Test Kitchen test cooks will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks. By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Savory baked goods. Photos on most pages.
Easy to follow recipes with clear directions. Ingredients are readily available and easy to acquire (maybe even already in people's homes) and the pictures are helpful and beautiful.
The recipes share pages with informational asides and related tidbits with snappy headings and art. Instructions follow a well-organized, three-step process: preparing, gathering equipment, and then starting the baking process.
All of the directions are accompanied by large photographs, and it even features testimonials from some of the kids who helped make the book. Moreover, the recipes inside are for foods that kids will actually enjoy eating. It’s good for children of all ages, but older kids will see particularly great results.
Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels.

What reviewers didn't like

Mainly intended for tweens.
It doesn't stay open easily, which makes it less than ideal for use in the kitchen.
The pictures are quite small (there are no full-page spreads), but a full-color picture of each finished dish is included. ­
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