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Kids in the kitchen

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Broken down into ages and stages, each chapter includes recipes that use the suitable developmental skills for that age range. Once children have learnt the basic building blocks, they can move on from there and develop their cooking skills.

*Winner of Junior magazine’s Best Family Cookbook award, Cook School by Amanda Grant 

‘Amanda Grant has helped parents by producing excellent books on feeding children. Now she is showing children how to achieve a sense of achievement and pleasure by learning to cook’.
Marguerite Patten, CBE

‘At last a book that fills the gap between play cooking and real cooking, giving children dishes that are fun to make, and the skills they need to make them, graded to their ages and abilities’.
Penelope Leach, Developmental Psychologist.

‘This clever book is packed with clear advice and recipes that will give your child confidence to tackle a variety of dishes in the kitchen. You’ll find recipes for kids aged 3-5 years, 5-7 and 7-11’.
BBC Good Food magazine.

The Silver Spoon for Children, Phaidon Press Ltd

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The Silver Spoon, the English-language version of the 2,000-recipe, authoritative tome on Italian cuisine II Cucchiaio D’Argento, Published in 1950.

Phaidon launched The Silver Spoon for Children: Favourite Italian Recipes (£12.95). Amanda Grant who specialises in nutrition and food writing for children, has adapted 40 simple recipes from the ‘adult’ book so that children of 10 and over can prepare and cook them with good results. The book covers basics such as how to make risotto, pizza dough and fresh pasta but also some bigger challenges, such as Tuscan minestrone soup and rigatoni with meatballs.

It’s all beautifully presented, and the effect is that of a rather lovely text book. Pencilled notes and typography emphasise key points – such as “s-t-r-e-t-c-h” above a drawing of pizza dough being kneaded or an exhortation to “keep stirring” from a pan of béchamel sauce.

Children’s cookbooks need to be fun and practical, and this works on both levels. It would make a good Christmas or birthday present for a budding – or reluctant – young cook.
Jenny Linford, Financial Times Oct, 2009

“A successful children’s cookbook is not an easy thing to do but Phaidon has managed in spades. This charming book hits exactly the right note: childlike but not childish and neither intimidating nor patronising… The design is enchanting with colourful step-by-step drawings. A fabulous gift.”
The Bookseller

“Set to inspire budding cooks of 10 and over… Shows that it’s never too early to start cooking… Just the job for bored children on rainy half-term afternoons.”
The Daily Telegraph

“In this beautifully produced children’s version, food writer Amanda Grant has greatly reduced the original into an attractive, informative delight.”
The Booklist

“The adorable bambino of The Silver Spoon… An appealing idea, sweetly done… Each step accompanied by a charming, hand-holding illustration.”
Mail on Sunday

“Colorful, cleverly illustrated.”
The New York Times Magazine

“The Silver Spoon for Children serves up 40 authentic, healthy recipes. The book’s whimsical illustrations are easy to follow.”
Parents Magazine

“If you’re lucky, you were born with a silver spoon – the book that is. This class Italian cookbook has just been published in a kids’ version, which we think is adorable. . . You’ll enjoy the illustrations and cute recipe instructions.”

Healthy lunchboxes for kids

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I wrote this sometime ago now and have just found a folder stuffed full of reviews and gorgeous letters from you guys. I’ll post some here for you to see.

This book is really good. It is not like other disappointing lunch box books that you buy and don’t get new ideas. It’s packed with new tasty ideas that are healthy. It also gives you information about portion sizes. Amazon review.

Eating for two

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“I got my resident pregnancy expert to cast her eye over this book by Amanda Grant, and she liked what she saw. ‘When you’re pregnant, you read everything. And there’s a lot to read in this book. I like the way some recipes are designed to be eaten by both the woman and a young child. I like the snack ideas, too, and the tips on dealing with morning sickness. If I’d had this when I was pregnant, I’d have read every word of it – and I’m not a food nut. It’s much more useful and honest than books by, for instance, Annabel Karmel.”

“Ms Grant does not try to scare the living daylights out of you in the manner beloved of many pregnancy books.”
Richard Ehrlich, Guardian