'A successful children's cookbook is not an easy thing to do but Phaidon has managed in spades. This charming book hits exactly the right note: childlike but not childish and neither intimidating nor patronising. raised on Jamie and given a free hand with mummies organic veg box the child of the Noughties is way beyond putting sprinkles on fairy cakes at 100pp The Silver Spoon [for Children] has plenty of challenges for these aspiring mini-chefs. The design is enchanting with colourful step-by-step drawings. A fabulous gift.' Sally Hughes, Books for Cooks, London, The Bookseller, 17 July 2009 'A beautifully illustrated, fun book ... yummy yet nutritional ... this book covers all bases. It's great fun for adults too!' Beyond Travel, Autumn 2009 'beautifully presented, and the effect is that of a rather lovely text book. Pencilled notes and typography emphasise key points such as "s-t-r-e-t-c-h" above a drawing of pasta dough being kneaded or an exhortation to "keep stirring" from a pan of bechamel sauce. Children's cookbooks need to be fun and practical, and this works on both levels. It would make a good Christmas or birthday present for a budding - or reluctant - young cook.' Jenny Linford, Financial Times, 10 October 2009 'set to inspire budding cooks of 10 and over - shows that it's never too early to start cooking. - My tester, 10-year-old Martha, especially liked the helpful diagrams by artist Harriet Russell, as well as the humorous pictorial footnotes and witty background information which pre-empt the inevitable why-do-I-have-to-do-that type of questions. - The integrity of la cucina Italiana is uncompromised throughout. - Just the job for bored children on rainy half-term afternoons.' Xanthe Clay, The Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2009
About the Author
Harriet Russell is an illustrator who studied at Glasgow School of Art and Central Saint Martins, where she completed her MA in 2001. She has contributed illustrations to a wide variety of periodicals and projects, including Jamie Oliver's School Dinners scheme, and designed covers for numerous novels, as well as writing and illustrating a series of her own books. She lives and works in London. Amanda Grant is a specialist in children's nutrition and cookery.