Review: Real Food Kids Will Love – Great Gift Ideas

There is absolutely no need to panic this Christmas. Books make great gift ideas in case you didn’t already realise because just about every taste is satisfied between the covers of a book. Today’s, non-fiction title is a book that kids and adults alike will find an absolute treat. Cooking is a perennial, not to mention essential favourite pastime. Cookbooks make fine additions to any Christmas gift list with the dual bonus of practical functionality coupled with luscious beauty – I adore pouring over food photos for inspiration. Have a look at my new favourite…

Real Food Kids Will Love by Annabel Karmel

English author, food pioneer and mother of three, Annabel Karmel has added another title to her long list of enticing family-orientated cookery books. This one featuring ‘over 100 simple and delicious recipes for toddlers and up’ is a standout crowd pleaser. I am not normally overly enthused by cookbooks for kids, often finding the recipes too diluted or dumbed down and whilst straightforward enough for little chefs, woefully lacking in imagination and taste.

Real Food Kids Will Love is a truly delectable exception! And it delivers exactly what the title promises.

Karmel offers plain helpful advice suffused with nutritional hints and healthy eating tips that feel more anecdotal than preachy. Tick. Each chapter contains fuss-free, incredibly easy recipes to whip up with variations to suit those with various dietary concerns, allergies or preferences. Tick. Each recipe is simple enough to involve the kids with, with buckets of kid appeal and minimal technique creating sure-fire ways to tempt fussy eaters. Tick. Tick. These dishes are more than doable with basic pantry items – no last minute hurtling to the shops to seek out that elusive, must have ingredient. Big Tick. But best of all, each recipe really works! TICK in capitals.

I’ve tried a selection of meals from various chapters, all enthusiastically received by my family. At first, I thought this might be coincidental, perhaps I just chose right recipe, but after working my way through this book, I’m happy to report no failures and ample flavour impact – every single time! In fact, many recipes are now firm family favourites, incorporated into our weekly menu plan.

Karmel is not afraid to include high-level flavours and less familiar ingredients into her recipes either, which means every dish packs a full flavoured punch. Well- known family favourites like Pot Roast Chicken sit happily alongside easy Butter Chicken with Yellow Rice. Follow Teriyaki Tuna the next night with Quesadillas with Basil and Mozzarella. Glazed Salmon with Veggie Rice is another winner. They sound deceptively plain but apart from being simple to cook, they are surprisingly delicious and a hundred per cent reliable to reproduce repeatedly.

For those not Vegan or Meat-Free, these chapters still invite inspiration and an array of mouth-watering options that are easily modified to satisfy all predilections. Other chapters include lunchbox ideas and celebration holiday cooking treats that invite plenty of kid involvement – you must try the Carrot Cake Balls. All are set out in an easy-to-read, one recipe per page format, many accompanied by divine full colour photography that depicts Karmel cooking in situ with lots of little people.

This is one kids’ cookbook that has become a real go-to. It has extended my recipe repertoire, increased my child’s enjoyment for cooking (perfect for budding junior master chefs!) and best of all kept the campers very happy and full! Highly recommended and well worth the investment in another cookbook this Christmas.

Buy your discounted copy, here.

Macmillan Pan Macmillan Australia June 2018


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Dimity Powell

Dimity Powell likes to fill every spare moment with words. She writes and reviews stories exclusively for kids and is the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review. Her word webs appear in anthologies, school magazines, junior novels, as creative digital content, and picture books - you'll find them all here at Boomerang Books. Dimity is a useless tweeter, sensational pasta maker and semi-professional chook wrangler. She believes picture books are food for the soul and should be consumed at least 10 times a week.

2 thoughts on “Review: Real Food Kids Will Love – Great Gift Ideas”

    1. Hi Kamila, thank you for visiting. Other members of our Boomerang Books reviewing team review books across a wide selection of genres. My passion and expertise lies with Kids’ Lit. Enjoy.

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