The 10 best children's cookbooks

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It's never too early to learn your way around a kitchen. Here's where to find the top recipes to get them started.

1. Revolting Recipes

An old classic by Felicity Dahl, wife of Roald, this collection of recipes will help bring to life the joy, and horror, of Dahl's children's books. Rustle up Bruce Bogtrotter's humungous chocolate cake and feast on Willy Wonka's Nutty Crunch Surprise. You'd be a Twit not to.


2. Moomins Cookbook: An Introduction to Finnish Cuisine

They like the laughter and they like the living and they sure know how to cook, too. This Scandinavian cuisine cookbook from alt comic publishers Self Made Hero is full of Moominmamma's specialities, as well as lovely original illustrations from Moominvalley.


3. Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes

A sequel to Mollie Katzen's original Pretend Soup cookbook, this beautifully illustrated collection of 20 recipes by the award winning author and illustrator lets the child take the lead in cooking a range of healthy and fun meals.


4. The Usborne Cookbook for Children

From one of the best-known children's publishers, a bumper cookbook by Rebecca Gilpin and Fiona Patchett with 70 recipes spanning sweet and savoury dishes. The book is full of easy to follow instructions and illustrations.


5. The Star Wars Cookbook

Featuring "Wookiee pies" "clone scones" and other "galactic goodies", this cookbook by Lara Starr is for any young fans of the original trilogy. Full of vital safety tips and advice for cooking on Earth, as well as in space.


6. The Silver Spoon for Children

A book of simple recipes taken from Italian cooking bible The Silver Spoon, rewritten for children. It includes 40 authentic, simple and quick-to-make recipes with clear step-by-step instructions and an emphasis on healthy eating.


7. Food is Fun!

From the creators of Anorak magazine – a publication that calls on the skills of some of the best graphic artists to entertain kids – this is a one-off book that is as much coffee table eye candy as it is a fun food read. The beautifully printed book features recipes, games and facts.


8. Cook With Kids

The debut book by Rob Kirby, chef director at the widely respected Lexington Catering company, who has spent more than eight years working with the Great Ormond Street Hospital School. The book aims to prove what a difference good food and fun cooking can make to the lives of children. Royalties from the book are donated to the hospital.


9. A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!

A fun, horror-themed baking guide from the creative mind of hip artisan baker Lily Vanilli. The book includes 25 recipes for spooky treats such as marzipan beetles, morbid meringue bones and devil's delight cupcakes.


10. The River Cottage Family Cookbook

Few cookbooks have been written so well with the entire family in mind as this one, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Fizz Carr. With an emphasis on cooking simple home meals from scratch, it is no surprise that this book is already considered by many to be a classic.


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