At one time, maybe the thought of cooking dinner was exciting and romantic, but when you have more mouths to feed and children of all ages demanding different foods, having a collection of family cookbooks that will delight everyone is a necessity.
Cooking doesn't have to be just about getting food on the table; it can also be creative and therapeutic. Factoring in kids and fussy eaters can sometimes take the joy out of cooking but fear not. There are plenty of family cookbooks out there that provide fantastic guides on making family-friendly meals that will please everyone.
Whether you are looking for speedy recipes, meals that don't require a full fridge or dishes that the kids can get involved in - there are so many great options that will keep you inspired in the kitchen.
From the simple and wholesome recipes in Jamie's 5 Ingredients to adventurous and exciting dishes in Nadiya's Family Favourites cookbook, your kids will be screaming for more and will be eager to get their aprons on and start helping in the kitchen.
So without further ado, here are the nine best family cookbooks to please everyone at the dinner table.
Best family cookbooks
1. 5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver
The best family cookbook for limited ingredients
Jamie Oliver has been delivering healthy recipes for years, and his quest to make school dinners healthier has made a tremendous impact on young people's health around the country - and his cookbooks are no different. Jamie's super-accessible family cookbook, uses limited good quality ingredients that make a lovely simple meal for everyone. Each recipe requires five key ingredients, perfect for those nights when the fridge looks quite bare. With dishes like Lemon Courgette Linguine, Roast Tikka Chicken to Scrumptious Chocolate Orange Shortbread - you will discover that you don't need to have a fully stocked kitchen to create a feast.
2. Annabel's Family Cookbook by Annabel Karmel
Best family cookbook for those who enjoy a quick and simple cooking style
Known as the 'Queen of Wean' Annabel Karmel is a bestselling children's cookery writer and has created a book that fits a busy modern household. This no-fuss recipe book is packed with quick meals perfect for weeknights. You can find ideas for packed lunches, snack inspiration and even prep-ahead recipes. Not to mention these recipes take no more than 30 minutes to prep and whip up. Cook up Annabel's tasty Breakfast Granola or her delicious Veggie Fusilli, which will please even the fussiest little eaters.
Mum review: 'I really love this book for family cooking. The recipes are tasty and easy to make, suitable for all the family. There are many recipes to choose from, and they don't use too many ingredients, which is also good. Would recommend.'
3. Ella's Kitchen: The Easy Family Cookbook
The best cookbook for getting the little ones involved
Jam-packed with 100 easy and delicious family recipes, this book from the Ella's Kitchen series is perfect for your little ones to get involved in your cooking ventures. The book is organised by mealtime, and each recipe has been developed to make sure it is friendly for both kids and parents alike. You can also find meals that are easy to adapt for weaning babies, plus recipes for playdates and dinners with the family too. Featuring meals such as 'Crunchy Coconut and Cranberry Granola', 'Munchy Cheese and Leek Sausages' and 'Your Sunshine Carnival Curry is in the oven' you will never have a shortage of exciting meals to make together.
4. The Quick Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer
The best family cookbook for easy clean-up
Cooking can be creative and fun - but the same can't be said for cleaning up. If you hate spending your evenings washing up, you will love Rukmini Iyer's The Quick Roasting Tin. Each recipe only takes 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes in the oven. So all the hungry people in the house will be satisfied as soon as possible (thankfully). The book features simple and wholesome recipes like the Summer Sausage Traybake, Sticky Soy and Honey Roasted Salmon with Greens, Spiced Sweet Potato Curry and Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
5. In the Mood for Quick Family Food: Simple, Fast and Delicious Recipes for Every Family by Jo Pratt
The best family cookbook for fast and fun meals for all the family
If you are looking for simple, easy to follow recipes that the kids can get involved in, Jo Pratt's cookbook would be an excellent pick. Divided into three parts 'Monday to Friday Survival', 'The Busy Weekend' and 'Cling On To Your Social Life', Jo's advice, techniques and recipes have been created to help busy parents get dinner on the table without any hassle. There are even shortened preparation and cooking times and plan-ahead tips to make preparation smooth sailing. Featuring recipes like Chicken, Spinach and Potato Curry in a Hurry, to Chocolate Cake Pops - you can't really go wrong.
Review: 'I'm new to Jo Pratt's work and this was a really nice surprise. I really enjoyed the way it was structured–by the times of the week and what's happening, rather than starters, main courses, etc. It makes it really practical for my family. We've tried a few things already, and they've been a big hit with the kids and us as well.'
6. Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking by Mary Berry
The best family cookbook for traditional meals
If you watched Mary Berry's no-fuss cooking on BBC Two series, then this cookbook is the perfect match for you. This book specialises in 20 to 30-minute recipes to make midweek cooking effortless. The queen of baking's book has over 120 new recipes with meals like Pan-fried Falafels to Sunday Roasts and, of course, sweet treats like Upside-Down Rhubarb Pudding.
7. Nadiya's Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain
The best family cookbook for fans of cooking and The Great British Bake-Off
Nadiya Hassim has really taken off in recent years after being crowned the winner of GBBO in 2015. Her book has recipes for every occasion -from quick weeknight meals to special weekend treats. From Avocado Pasta, Butternut Squash Pasta Soup, Ginger Rice with Spiced Chickpeas to Carrot Cake, you can teach your children how to be a little adventurous in the kitchen. Plus, as you would expect from a GBBO winner - you will learn how to make decadent treats like a to-die-for Peanut Honeycomb Banana Cake.
8. NOSH for Busy Mums and Dads: A Family Cookbook with Everyday Food for Real Families by Joy May
The best family cookbook for party food
This family cookbook has a wide selection, from weekly menus to quick bites through to something for the weekend, making it easier for the kids to decide what is on the menu tonight. We love that it includes sections like budget days, kids parties and old classics. It even comes with a free Nosh menu and shopping app. Every recipe shows a cost per person, and the average price for each meal is only £1.28 per person.
Review: 'This is an excellent recipe book! The book is laid out very well - with a recipe on each page and the dish's image, which is crucial to me for a recipe book! The ingredients and instructions are all very clear and easy to follow.'
9. The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness by The Happy Pear
The best family cookbook for plant-based eating
The enthusiastic, fun-loving vegan twins, David and Stephen Flynn of The Happy Pear, have amazing vegan recipes on their YouTube channel and in their cookbook. This best-selling book is packed with wholesome and flavoursome, kid-friendly, plant-based meals. Vegan cooking certainly doesn't have to be tricky - with easy dinner recipes, hearty suppers and plant-based alternatives to family favourites, such as nuggets, kebabs and double chocolate brownie cake.
'Proper good food . . . hearty, decent and delicious' - Russell Brand