Cooking with Teenagers

The teenage years can be difficult for both parents and children, but it is also a formative time of growth. Continue to use cooking as a way to bond with your children. Use this opportunity to share family recipes and stories that may go along with them. Find your favorite dishes to cook together and share what you’ve learned about cooking over the years. As much as the kitchen is a place to learn about health and nutrition, it is also a place to plant relationships that will flourish far beyond adolescence.


  • Eat Fresh Food by Rozanne Gold
    Featuring wholesome and fresh ingredients, this cookbook for teenagers features recipes for every meal of the day including snacks!
  • Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Meghan Carle, Jill Carle, and Judi Carle
    For newcomers and experienced cooks alike, this cookbook written by two high schoolers is accessible and has recipes from various cuisines.
  • Clueless in the Kitchen: A Cookbook for Teens by Evelyn Raab
    Just starting to cook? Not to worry! This book guides novice cooks to create delicious meals along with advice on meal planning, shopping, and navigating through the kitchen.

*Article written by Claudine Yee, Brown University