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…