Regular readers of my blog will know how much effort I put in to my family's mealtimes - from the weekly meal planning to my new found enjoyment of Bento style lunchboxes. I also encourage and teach the children to be able to cook and bake for themselves, and make sure that we eat our evening meals together as a family whenever we can. To me, mealtimes are as important as what you put on the plate and they are worth taking time over & thinking about. I'm not talking whipping up a 3 course meal every evening, and like everyone else we have an emergency bag of chips in the freezer or sometimes we grab a takeaway but I try my hardest to give them the best that I am able to.
I was delighted to be given the opportunity to review the Family Kitchen Cookbook by Caroline Bretherton (RRP £25) published by DK.com. As part of my Autumn Bucket List I have added wanting to 'try new recipes' so this was perfect for us, the first thing I made using the book was a delicious fruit crumble!
Every parent knows that when it comes to feeding a family, cooking a delicious meal is just half the battle as you grapple with shopping, menu planning and trying to please everyone. More than just a recipe book, Family Kitchen Cookbook offers practical advice on tackling all those daily concerns to help you transform the way you manage your kitchen and cook for your family and friends.
This book is my new kitchen bible. Containing more recipes than I think I could ever cook as well as tips on shopping, meal planning, batch cooking & freezing and making the most of leftovers, there is almost nothing that the Family Kitchen Cookbook doesn't cover.
There is something for everyone including some great ideas for teatime treats and tips for when you have unexpected guests, in addition to a section about party food which is fabulous for me with the amount of birthdays we celebrate in a year in our house.
Each recipe is written in detail with step by step instructions and a beautiful photograph of the mouthwatering end result. I know I am gushing but I am genuinely impressed by what this book has to offer and we have enjoyed some delicious treats as a result of our efforts using these recipes - last weekend we made our own pizzas for dinner and then enjoyed a delicious cinnamon apple pie for dessert afterwards, with apples picked from the neighbour's tree (we had permission, there was no scrumping going on!).
The Family Kitchen Cookbook is a great addition to my library and one that I will refer to again and again, this week's meal plan consists almost entirely of recipes from the book. There are some great practical tips & ideas for last minute desserts and meals too, when the kids asked for a dessert after our roast dinner I had a quick look at what I had in the cupboards & managed to present them with a treacle sponge in less than half an hour (despite the fact that one of them smashed my pudding basin & I still haven't replaced it) which went down a treat with some custard.
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