If you follow me on facebook, you’d know I’m not the most passionate cook around. I’m always on the lookout for easy, one pot recipes or slow cooker recipes that I share on facebook. In my bookshelf, you’d also find a whole heap of (dusty) cookbooks that I’ve excitedly collected over the years, swearing I’d put the recipes to good use and turn into an amazing chef. Well, it’s obvious why they’ve all ended up dusty (and sadly neglected). To be honest, sometimes, I think my lack of interest in cooking results in extremely mediocre and subpar meals which in turn, contributes to my kids not being very excited about their meals. I don’t really blame them.
Now when I received Eloise Emmett’s The Real Food For Kids Cookbook in the mail, I didn’t have that high expectations. I’m not talking about the book itself, but of my relationship with the book. Will it be another browse-through, I-swear-to-myself-I-will-do-it followed by oh-I-forgot-I-ever-owned-this-book? Or does this one have a unique angle that will motivate me and keep me engaged enough to try the recipes out?
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Who is Eloise Emmett:
This talented, trade qualified chef has over 20 years’ experience working in commercial kitchens, including seven years as chef of her own popular restaurant ‘The Mussel Boys’ in Taranna, Tasmania. The restaurant was reported as ‘one of the best country eateries in the state’ by respected food writer and restaurant critic Graeme Phillips for its inspirational menu and emphasis on using fresh local produce. Other career highlights were a chef de partie position on Bedarra Island resort, creating innovative menus daily for the exclusive resort restaurant that catered for a maximum of 15 couples, and Head chef positions at the Astor Grill and T42 both in Hobart.
In other words (or in my very own layman’s terms), this lady can really cook and make really yum food. And I need to get some tips and recipes off her!
What is unique:
This unique cookbook revolves around the idea that “cooking is creative, and can be exciting, stimulating and fun whilst helping kids develop an appreciation for and love of good food”. It’s about getting kids involved and making the whole experience fun while emphasizing on nutrition.
For me to even get down to trying any recipe, it has to be easy enough (I’m all about the fuss free) and the recipes in this cookbook are definitely easy enough to follow. Many recipes have instructions that span just a couple of paragraphs – simple enough, straight to the point and no long never-ending list of steps for the hungry. Getting my kids excited about food that they had a hand in preparing means less nagging and chasing around – perfect.
For the more advanced of you out there, there are also the more complex recipes that still hinge on the concepts of creative, exciting, fun and nutritious. Recipes are also labeled Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lunchbox, Freezer, Snack and/or Dessert so you can be sure there’s a wide enough range to try out.
I also have to say I really enjoy the crisp, beautifully styled photos – a welcome departure from the tons of dusty cookbooks I have filled with yes, photos of delicious looking food but this, we’re talking about high quality, magazine-worthy pics to tempt your taste buds and make you want to hop in the kitchen and give the recipes a go. Big kudos to Eloise who styled and took the photos herself. Even if I wasn’t trying any recipes, this is a cookbook I’d love to just browse through and admire. Definitely aesthetically pleasing. Hey, great as a coffee table book as well – christmas idea, perhaps?
This cookbook retails for $29 and features 40 fun recipes. It is a full colour, 20x20cm hard cover book.
Where to purchase:
Why you should get it soon:
Free postage Australia-wide + a cute 4-pack of gift cards (worth $12) for a limited time only.
If you’d like to win a copy for yourself, Eloise has very kindly provided one for a giveaway. As usual, all you have to do is follow the rafflecopter prompts below. This giveaway starts on 19 November and ends 25 November 2015, Midnight Sydney time. Good luck!
*This cookbook was provided to me for the purpose of this review. My opinions are genuine and uninfluenced – honesty, always. Check out my Disclosure Policy for more details!