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Comprehensive, easy to use and lovely recipes
on 11 January 2015
I was surprised at the sheer size of this cookbook when it arrived. It is certainly comprehensive, and has quickly become my go-to cookbook for most family meals.After the very helpful introducton (including cooking smart and eating healthily) comes the section entitled 'Recipe Choosers'. Such a large book could initially feel intimidating, but this section signposts some of the recipes as storecupboard meals, quick meals, speedy bakes, cheap eats and fussy eaters which is invaluable when it comes to meal planning for the week. The entire book is packed with beautiful photography of the finished recipes, which is helpful. The recipes themselves are split into chapters - Babies and Toddlers, Family Meals, Easy Entertaining, Food to Go, Baking and Cooking with Kids so it is easy to find a recipe to suit the occasion. Finally, the recipes are interspersed with 'features' - Fussy babies and toddlers, Smart shopping, Batching and freezing, Meals for a week, Vegetarian kids, Teatime, The hard-working fridge, Catering for allergies, Unexpected guests, Clever with leftovers, Kids parties and Faddy kids and teenagers. There really is a huge amount of information in this book! Although I cook from recipe books a lot, I am always on the lookout for a basic book from which I can cook meals that the entire family enjoys, and with this I think my search is over. The recipes are very easy to follow, and they actually work! There is always a new variation on an old favourite to try. The only thing I found myself looking for was a section on celebratory cakes, ready for the slew of birthdays that occur every February in my family. There are some beautiful cakes, but nothing regarding decorating which would have literally been the icing on the cake! However, I feel this is a very minor point, and given the information already included, perhaps this would have been too much. So full marks from me, and looking forward to enjoying more easy recipes courtesy of this lovely cookbook.