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Nora's Dinners [Paperback]

Jamie Oliver , Nora Sands
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

3 April 2006

Tired of all the junk food your children are eating? Want to get them helping out in the kitchen? Nora’s Dinners is a new generation cookbook to inspire 7-12-year-olds to cook healthy food, teaching basic cookery skills and focusing on having fun.

Nora Sands is the outrageous, loveable, no-nonsense dinner lady who shot to fame in Jamie Oliver's TV series, 'Jamie's School Dinners'. Despite being about British school food, impressively the programme has now been broadcast in 23 countries.

Armed with newfound confidence and a list of ingredients she couldn't pronounce, Nora became passionate about getting kids interested in cooking at home, rather than relying on unhealthy and unsociable ready-meals. Her recipes draw on her favourite childhood foods, the meals she prepared with her own children, and the foods she discovered while working with Jamie. Nora's Dinners is full of recipes for delicious (and well-balanced) breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as fun options for tasty treats. Jamie Oliver himself provides a foreword.

With special "pick 'n' mix" sections featured throughout, kids can invent their own creations and customise their meals using a basic recipe, like pizza with exciting and healthy toppings, or colourful, delicious salad (yes, they will eat it). The emphasis is on learning different cooking techniques, eating a balanced (but never boring) diet, having fun, and getting friends and family involved.

Peppered with wonderful and often hilarious anecdotes, this is a book written specifically for kids. Although some recipes require adult help or supervision, children will be able to follow each recipe on their own The introduction outlines basic nutrition, safety & food hygiene, and explains cooking techniques in language geared to get kids learning. Instructions throughout are kept simple, with the absolute beginner in mind.

So put your feet up – the kids are making dinner tonight!

Contents include:
• Foreword by Jamie Oliver
• Nora's Introduction
• Tools & Equipment
• Cooking Techniques
• Making Friends with Vegetables/Herbs/Spices
• Food Safety & Hygiene
• Healthy Eating
• Breakfast
• Snacks and Salads
• Lunch
• Dinner
• Cakes and Puddings


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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007206615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007206612
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Accessible and enjoyable and bursting with great recipes.’ - Cambridge Style

‘An ideal first cookery book for novice chefs of any age.’ - Heat magazine

‘Packed full of fun ideas.’ - The Sainsbury’s Magazine

‘Peppered with wonderful and often hilarious anecdotes,’ - Focus Supplement

‘This easy, fun cookbook…will tempt them into the kitchen.’ - Waitrose Food Illustrated

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Winner of the 2007 Cordon Bleu Award for Best Children's Cookbook.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids delight 5 April 2006
Format:Paperback
As with most of us, I first saw Nora in the TV show Jamie's School Dinners, and the theme from that show of making school dinners more healthy for the nations children has been passed on to this book, but this time focusing on our own kitchen. Looking at getting kids into the kitchen and cooking for themselves it starts by giving the basic knowledge of whats what with colourful descriptions of vegetables, herbs, and cooking implements, then gets into some mouth-watering dishes that the little ones love. From a healthy and tasty stir fry to the fun and sweet ice lollies. All recipes are easy to follow for all children and great for us big kids starting out in the kitchen (and I can think of a few that need this!). Great book for inspiring kids and adults alike in the kitchen.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Book With Oodles of Child Appeal! 20 April 2006
Format:Paperback
'Nora, I know in your wildest dreams you never thought you would write a cookbook. All I wanted to say is that you deserve it and it's really great. Well done!
Love Jamie X '

'Kick your parents out of the kitchen and get cooking with Nora. She has written these fun and tasty recipes just for you, so invite your friends round for dinner, make a weekend lunch for your family, or just whip up a tray of your favourite cookies for a special treat. Get creative with pick 'n' mix recipes and make your own custom concoctions. OK, you might need a little adult help from time to time, but Nora's put you in charge!'

143 colourful, high quality pages split over 5 chapters:-
Breakfast, snacks & salads, lunch, dinner and a
cakes & puddings, sandwiched between 'Jamie's Foreword' and a concise index.
Superb information sections include:-
'kitchen tools', 'food safety', 'techniques', 'vegetables', 'herbs and spices' and 'eating sensibly' .

Basic recipes throughout, simply written with oodles of child appeal, eg boiled egg and soldiers, Nora's yummy eggy bread, caramel apple pancakes, monsterella pizza, funky burgers, the quickest tomato sauce in the world, sticky messy ribs, the best lasagne ever, sausages and mash with gravy, mum's best sunday roast with roast potatoes and green beans, choca-block, pick 'n' mix rainbow kebabs and juicy ice lollies.

Superb book with the overall emphasis being 'on learning about food basics and cooking, and having fun with the family while doing so.
Although some recipes require adult help or supervision, children will be able to follow each recipe for themselves.'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too much sugar 27 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
I was abit taken aback when baking the carrot cake with my daughter...in fact even calling it carrot cake was abit rich, seeing as there was only one small carrot in the whole thing! I tried halving the amount of sugar, and tripling the carrots, (the whole point about carrot cake is that the carrots largely replace the sugar and add moistness) and it worked a treat. but thought the savoury recipes were tasty and fun.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Food 11 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
I bought this book as we have 3 children and I am constantly trying to find dinners that we will all enjoy as a family, so although its intended as a kids cookbook I have treated it as a cookbook with meals designed for kids. Its been fantastic, I have made 5 dinners now and all are easy to prepare and really tasty. The coriander chicken is one I know I will make over and over.

WELL DONE NORA !!!!
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