- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Hamlyn; 01 edition (23 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0600631850
- ISBN-13: 978-0600631859
- Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2.1 x 26.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ella's Kitchen: The Easy Family Cookbook Hardcover – 23 Mar 2017
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With more than 100 mouthwatering recipes from the fastest growing baby food brand, this book will have toddlers and grown-ups rushing to the table.
About the Author
Ella's Kitchen is a baby and children's food company founded by Paul Lindley when he was deputy managing director of Nickelodeon and trying to wean his reluctant daughter Ella. The range is based on simple, natural ingredients that ooze goodness and really appeal to children. The company has won many awards and is one of the fastest growing brands in the UK.
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Top Customer Reviews
A lot of the recipes can be mushed up to suit your younger child who isn't being weaned which is great that you don't have to cook something else for them. Even the ones that you can't, the majority have alterations that you can make to make it suitable for the really little ones (7 and 10 month options). It also tells you which ones you can freeze and ones you can't which is very handy. Also, the usual time to prep and time to cook icons are also there that they have on the other Ella books.
I've added all of the recipes below as I wished they would provide you with this when you purchased it.
Crunchy coconut and cranberry granola
Palm tree porridge (mango and coconut flavour, hey husband and toddler loved this)
Spiced brekkie hash-up
Apple hot cakes (pancakes, another hit)
Champions buckwheat pancakes (spinach and cream cheese)
Herb, feta and quinoa frittata
Poached eggs with avacado hollandaise
Lucky dip crispy mix (a mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit)
Topped tattie wedges
Smoothies (green, orange, purple, red)
Brilliant breakfast cake (orange, carrots and some nuts. This was yummy)
Purple topped potato and parsnip cakes
Good morning muses.Read more ›
There is a good variety of recipes and they are easy to follow and don't require any strange ingredients. Most of the main meals are based on meat but there are also several vegetarian recipes.
For me, the most useful part of any cookbook for kids is the snacks and puddings; I am always looking for healthier versions. These puddings use reduced quantities of sugar and/ or replace sugar with small amounts of maple syrup or honey (yes I know it's still sugar) so they can be given as part of a balanced diet and don't have to be saved for an occasional treat.
The book is colourful and attractive - my 3 year old thinks it's great too and straight away asked to look through it and help me pick what to bake first. What we have made has gone down well.
The recipes are laid out in meal time/style blocks from breakfast to family gatherings and if you are weaning traditionally and moving in from the purple or red book this is suitable from 10 months, if you are BLW or a combination of the two this is probably best from 7 months if you have an adventurous eater.
This cookbooks embraces the fact that many families eat a more culinary and culturally diverse diet nowadays and embraces dishes such as shaksuka and some gluten free dishes- cauliflower tabbouleh and pizza bases for example- but nit necessarily using the original names making the cookbook more accessible to the understanding of a young child who may get excited at the idea of eating Spanish potatoes but may look confused if you call it patatas bravas and so forth.
This is part of the Ella's ethos, making diverse and nourishing food exciting but accessible to young minds introducing grown up flavours young but in a gentle way from their jerk chicken to Asian inspired dishes. My four year old has never had a problem eating different cuisines (curry is her favourite dinner and she stole and enjoyed a piece of her father's full strength jerk chicken before a year old!Read more ›
It is all a little bit middle-class (wrapped up salmon, coconut dhal, risotto with pesto etc.) so if some of the recipes are a step too far for kids yearning for junk food, you can “de-healthy” some of the recipes easily enough with a little dash of ketchup in the chopped tomatoes, that kind of thing. It’s amazing what difference a little dash of the ingredients they know they want can make. One step at a time towards properly healthy food, hopefully!
The preparation times are generally short, and when they say “20 minutes” (or normally less) that seems like a fair assessment, depending on how engaged your kids are with it. I’m no master chef so I’m happy to report the recipes are easy to understand even when having to skim read them whilst making sure your daughter isn’t dropping all the ingredients on the floor.
From the recipes we’ve tried so far, “Strawberry clouds” (strawberries on an omelette) wasn’t quite as good as I’d wanted it to be, but the cheese & leek sausages were a big hit and the fruity lamb pilaf was genuinely tasty to grown-ups too. Now to try and convince my kids that “cauliflower pizza” is worth trying because it’s got the word “pizza” in it… my expectations aren’t high...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More suited to families with older children 5+ as hardly any recipes suited to weaning.Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is a fab book.
It contains some really nice recipes, a number of which have been really popular with my two sons. Read more
I have the purple and red book and was so excited to get this one to try more great recipes for my 2 year old son. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Lucy.
The Ella brand is well known to most parents as good quality, nasty free, baby and toddler food. The cookbook is the natural brand extension. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mfl
Ella's Kitchen: The Easy Family Cookbook
I had thought this was a cookbook that could be used by adults and children together, but that is not really the case. Read more
If you look at the average child's menu when out, you would think that children would be made out of nuggets - you are what you eat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam Tyler
Some fantastic ideas in here that will make easy meals with lots of variety for little ones. I am usually good at thinking up different variations and mixes of good myself but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by pacem et amorem