“Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook” by Nicola Graimes Review
The Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook by Nicola Graimes is one of the most popular children’s cookbooks available today, and it’s not hard to see why. With more than 100 step by step, easy to follow recipes for children, this cookbook is packed full of delicious meals old and new!
Every recipe is presented with stunning pictures of the meals, and the ingredients used always stress the importance of healthy eating. With an introduction that explains nutrition in easy to understand terms (that are useful for children and parents alike!), the Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook is the perfect companion for budding chefs!
Is “Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook” Worth Buying?
There are so many things to love about the Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook. It is beautifully put together. The images are vivid and attractive, and they really help to encourage children in their desire to make certain recipes that they would otherwise turn their nose up at. Similarly, the range of meals is very welcome.
Many children’s cookbooks focus on simple meals and basic treats – the Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook covers these, but also gives recipes for full dinners that the whole family can enjoy.
There is also a strong importance placed on the quality of the food used to make these meals. Where a choice of ingredients can be made, the Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook veers on the side of genuinely healthy. This means that even the sweet meals are made with naturally sweet ingredients. This is an important lesson for children to learn – tasty things don’t have to come in sweet wrappers from a shop! There is also a nice variation in the styles of recipes offered, with different cuisines from around the world included.
The only noticeable fault with Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook comes from some inconsistencies in the recipes.
As this is a cookbook for children, preparation instructions should be fool proof. Children will follow instructions absolutely, and will not stop to think about whether a particular instruction makes sense. The omission of something as simple as peeling a carrot before cooking is not something an adult needs to be told, but a child has no experience of these things and will follow instructions blindly.
To this end, it is worthwhile proof-reading a recipe for any omissions if you planning on leaving your child alone to follow the instructions. However, this is a minor issue, and one that is easily resolved. Although it is an oversight, it should not and does not detract greatly from what is an otherwise superb children’s cookbook.