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What is Nomster Chef?

Short answer: a subscription website with recipe picture books for kids age 2-12 and their grown-ups. Learn more about the subscription here, why we think cooking with kids is awesome here, and more about the company here.

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Is Nomster Chef right for my family?

What age is Nomster Chef for?

Age 2 - 12. Younger kids need more grown-up help and do better with shorter cook times; older kids can work more independently and handle longer recipes. Beginner grown-up chefs might like our recipes too! 

What about knives, hot stoves, salmonella (etc.)?

All grown-up only steps (involving the stove and sharp knives) are clearly marked. Many ingredients in our recipes can be safely cut with a butter knife or a plastic child’s chef knife. Any recipe steps involving raw meat or eggs have “Germ Alerts” that remind kids not to lick their fingers and to wash their hands.

Want to learn more safety tips for cooking with kids? Sign up for our free video series "How to Cook with a Kid Chef" here!

I'm international- is this for me?

Yes! With the caveat that all recipes are in American English (so "zucchini" and other vocabulary words might confuse you) and have Imperial measurements (so you might have to do a few conversions). But we welcome our international friends!

Unfortunately, we are not able to ship any physical products (gift sets and aprons) outside of the U.S. at this time.


Yes! While not every recipe can cater to every dietary need, we have multiple recipes suitable for everyone. You can filter our recipes by the 8 major allergens as well as "gluten-free," "vegetarian," and "vegan." We also suggest substitutes for many ingredients to help accommodate as many special dietary needs as possible.

We do not specifically label recipes as Paleo, Whole30, Keto, etc., but several of our recipes work for these diets as well.

What types of recipes are in the library?

We have a mix of breakfast, lunch, snack, and dessert and baking recipes. We also have a mix of recipes that take as short as 15 minutes, as well as full meals that take 45-60 minutes. Preview available recipes here.

What makes Nomster recipes different than free recipes on Google, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.?

A lot! Our recipes are fully illustrated, which means that each and every step of the recipe has a corresponding picture. The recipes are also led by Nate Nomster and his parents, and kids tell us that they feel like they're cooking with Nate Nomster! With the illustrations and Nate Nomster acting as a host, kids stay engaged throughout the entire recipe. Also, lots of "learning moments" are sprinkled throughout the recipe steps. This means that your kid chef is not only learning culinary skills, she is learning about food culture, how food grows, nutrition, and more. Recipes introduce kids to literacy, math, and science skills as well. 

Additionally, we take the guesswork out of cooking with kids. Each of our recipes is tested by our recipe tester families to make sure they're fun for kids and yummy to eat! Our team also includes educational and nutrition experts that give their seal of approval on recipes. Our recipe development process makes it as easy as possible for grown-ups to cook with kids. And we never include ads in our illustrated recipes, so no worries there! (P.S. Want to become a recipe tester family?)

How Many recipes does my subscription include?

The Nomster Recipe Library currently includes 14 recipes (as of October 2018). Two new recipes will be added every month thereafter. Your subscription includes every recipe ever added to the Nomster Recipe Library (even if it was added in a past month).

We're a brand new company and are excited to add lots more content with your continued support. Support us now and watch our library grow!

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is nomster chef an app?

Nope, the illustrated recipes are located on the website and are flipped through like an e-book.

Do I need a certain device to use the recipes?

Nope, you just need any internet-capable device and a WiFi connection. Recipes do look better on bigger screens like tablets or laptops, but phones work too! We recommend using tablets if possible because of their bigger screens and lack of keyboards (which invite spills while cooking).

Can I download the recipes to Keep?

Not at this time. If this is a feature you would like us to add, email us and let us know: support @

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Subscription nuts and bolts?

Can I try it for free?

Yes! If you sign up for a 1 month or 3 month digital subscription (that's not part of a gift set), you can enjoy a free 14 day trial. If you cancel at any time before the end of the trial, your card will not be charged. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a free trial period for subscriptions that are part of a gift set (Welcome Pack, Starter Chef Set, Ultimate Chef Set).

Does the subscription renew automatically?

If you sign up for a 1 month or 3 month digital subscription (that's not part of a gift set), your subscription will auto-renew at the end of your billing period. Subscriptions that are part of a gift set (Welcome Pack, Starter Chef Set, Ultimate Chef Set) do not auto-renew, but subscribers will be given the option to extend the digital subscription at the end of the billing period. 

Can I cancel my subscription?

If your subscription is digital-only (not part of a gift set):

Yes, you can cancel any time. Your subscription will end at the end of the billing cycle. We are not able to offer pro-rated refunds for the remainder of the billing period, but cancelling will prevent the subscription from auto-renewing at the end of the billing period. You can cancel your subscription by clicking the "Your Nomster Account" button in the Nomster Recipe Library. Contact support @ if you need help with cancellation.

If your subscription part of a gift set (Welcome Pack, Starter Chef Set, Ultimate Chef Set):

You cannot cancel subscriptions that are part of a gift set. The subscriptions are not set to auto-renew, so it will end at the end of the 1 or 3 month subscription period.

When Does my subscription start?

If you sign up for a 1 month or 3 month digital subscription (that's not part of a gift set), your subscription will start right after you purchase it. For subscriptions that are part of a gift set (Welcome Pack, Starter Chef Set, Ultimate Chef Set), you can specify if you'd like the gift subscription to start at a later date, like a child's birthday. **Note: for subscriptions purchased as part of a gift set, it can take up to 24 hours for our sous chefs to load the subscriptions into the system. Thanks for your patience.

I want to gift Nomster Chef. Do you have something I can print for the card?

Yes! All gift sets include a card in the mailed package. If you'd like to print your own card, you can do that here.

Gift sets


All physical products (Welcome Pack, Starter Chef Set, Ultimate Chef Set, Aprons) can only be shipped within the U.S.. International customers- check out our digital subscriptions instead.

Products are shipped via USPS and take 3-5 business days to arrive. Shipping rates are calculated by total order weight.


We cannot offer a free trial, cancellation, or returns for any gift sets.

If you need a different apron size, contact support @ to exchange.

Can I add an apron for a sibling or grown-up?

Absolutely! Just add an apron to your cart before checking out and they will arrive together in the same package.

About the gift sets

All product information (including materials and care instructions) can be found on the pages for the gift sets:

Product Safety information

Curious Chef® is the manufacturer of the following accessories in our gift sets: oven mitts, child chef knife, mixing spoon, mixing spatula, vegetable peeler, and pastry brush.

From Curious Chef®: "Curious Chef® products are real utensils and cooking tools that are uniquely designed for young children. Each product is a result of years of testing and research to ensure they are functional and practical while remaining safe for kids. All Curious Chef® products are BPA free and conform to United States Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements ASTM F963 and CPSIA lead and phthalate limits. All products are FDA approved and conform to USA "toy" testing standards."

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Printed Recipe Books

Why am I taken to a different website to purchase?

Our recipe books are printed and shipped by This means that you:

  • will need to complete your purchase on

  • choose shipping speeds and rates on

  • will have to check out twice if you also want to purchase a digital subscription and/or a Gift Set from

We apologize for the inconvenience!

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