Neven Maguire’s ‘Complete Family Cookbook’ Review & Giveaway

Cooking together as a family is so important to us here in our house. We are always on the look out for new recipes that we can try out so you can imagine we were delighted to receive a review copy of Neven Maguire’s new cookbook ‘Complete Family Cookbook’ from Gill Books.

The book was inspired by his popular Parent and Child Cookery Course at his cookery school in Blacklion, Co. Cavan. Fraser and I attended that course earlier this year, we loved every minute of it and would recommend it to everyone.

As well as a professional chef with 120 cookery programmes and a booming restaurant business under his belt, Neven is also Dad to twins, Lucia and Connor, who are four-and-a-half and, in his words, “great little foodies”.

So what is Neven’s 13th cookbook actually like?

The first thing we all noticed here is that it is a big cookbook, 300 recipes to be exact. The book is divided into seven areas:

SOS (save our suppers) – save our suppers with time with practical sections like ‘Mince tonight’ or ’30 minutes max’
Eat more veg – for cheeky ways to sneak more vegetables into everyday dishes
Lunch – lots of inspiration here for packed lunches
BOB  (bring on breakfast) – lots of tasty ways to start the day
Party time – how to make the most of Christmas and other special family occasions
Get baking – the ultimate baked goods inspiration
The busy parents’ go-to basics – for all the essential basics from stocks to jams

Throughout the cookbook, the readers are encouraged to buy local and seasonal food. There is also a strong emphasis on batch cooking where possible and avoiding waste. These are all messages that we too promote on Saucepan Kids. The most powerful message that is evident in the book is that we should be getting kids involved in cooking as early as possible because as Neven says “we all have to eat”!

Some of the dishes bookmarked that we are planning to cook in the next few days are:

  • Cracked patatas bravas
  • Apple breakfast muffins
  • Chilli jam and
  • Asian style lamb burgers

We feel that the recipes in this cookbook are honest family dishes and not too ‘cheffy’ (is that even a word!).

There are also other fun extras like ‘How to build a campfire’ and what food cooks well on one. This is something my three are looking forward to trying out, when the rain stops.

Although we have about thirty cookbooks in our collection, there are only three or four that we use on a regular basis. I see Neven Maguire’s ‘Complete Family Cookbook’ joining the flour splattered and oil stained cookbook collection!

‘Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook’ is published by Gill books and available to buy on their website for  €29.99 (with free delivery).

Gill Books have given us a copy of the cookbook to giveaway to the lovely readers of Saucepan Kids.

To be in with a chance to win the cookbook, just leave a comment below this blog post telling us what is your favourite dish to cook together as a family.

The competition is only open to Irish residents please. We’ll be drawing a winner this Saturday October 22nd 2016 at 8pm.

Good luck everyone…


  1. I love to cook bolognese, simple but everyone enjoys it and my 1 and half year old nephew loves to “help” me cook it by stirring it with a wooden spoon almost as big as him!

  2. A chicken pie using leftover chicken, ham, mushrooms, celery and a pastry lid. My five year old is a dab hand at peeling mushrooms. His little brother is happy just to give it a stir.

  3. Vegetarian lasagne is our favourite garlic bread and a big juicy salad.

    Saucepan Kids such a fabulous journey ye are on. Well done x

  4. One of our favourite quick dinners is Szechuan Chicken but now that our older girl is gone to college we alway cook a second dinner on a Sunday – usually a roast in the slow cooker or something like beef stroganoff in the pressure cooker so that she has at least one home cooked dinner to bring with her while she is away – and the bonus is I don’t have to cook on Mondays – our favourite quicke cake is alway a plain sponge so quick and easy served with jam and cream – would love to win a copy of Neven’s book – he’s fab
    Love your blogs Debbie – keep up the great work

  5. My nearly three year old loves to join in with the cooking and baking. And is happy stirring and trying to crack eggs!!

  6. Definitely roast beef with homemade gravy, loads of roast vegetables, creamy 12 year old granddaughter loves cooking and it’s her favourite dinner.we make Nevin n’s sstroganoff with the left over beef.xxxx

  7. My little girl is only 16 months but we have already started getting her involved in food prep. Our favorite dish to cook is turkey moussaka as it’s super tasty but my lg loves holding the aubergines. Would love this cookbook to give us loads of new ideas for cooking together in the future.

  8. We like to do banana bread, really easy to make, nice and messy and a good way to use up the bananas too ripe to eat.

  9. My son Daniel and I like discovering vegetarian dishes together and my daughter Lucy and I like to bake cakes and decorate them.

  10. We love baking bread together, all the children can help with this now, even the three year old, his ‘snail’ bread roll is a thing of beauty lol!!

  11. We love experimenting, this week we made lamb burgers, mixed in some roasted red peppers, cooked onion and garlic blitzed in the Nutri bullet, our 2 year old loved them. Its great picking whatever we have in the fridge and getting the taste buds going!

  12. Our family favourite is making and cooking pizza on a friday evening. It’s easy to make the dough in the food mixer and roll out our own bases. In autumn we can also make some tomato sauce (there are still some tomatoes in the polytunnel for the children to pick) and we each choose our favourite toppings from pesto, mozzarella, pineapple & ham; chorizo & spinach; or with some feta thrown in for good luck!

  13. This book looks great. I love learning better versions of the basic family meals like the Avoca shepherds pie! As a family, the smallies love anything with mushrooms because they are allowed cut them up. Or baking so they can crack the Eggs and sieve

  14. My girls love baking and cooking with me. One of their favourite things to make is Gingerbread men decorated with icing and lots and lots of sprinkles. My five year old makes a mean white sauce with me to go into Lasagnes or her favourite dish (Macaroni cheese.) I’d love to win the Nevin Maguire cook book. It sounds fab.

  15. Lovely lentils is our winter go-to! Kids love it and I’ve had to double the recipe to ensure enough leftovers for the next day for after school snack

  16. A warming beef stew with creamy mashed potatoes. And for dessert an apple crumble – both cooked in the oven at the same time. Never fails to please and plenty of happy faces

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