We were recently invited to review a new cookery book published specifically for children as part of the Real Meal Revolution. ‘Super Food for Super Children – Delicious, low-sugar recipes for healthy, happy families, from toddlers to teens‘ is by Professor Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot and Bridget Surtees.
We both adore cookery books and relish any opportunity to bury ourselves in our two passions, food and nutrition so both enjoyed exploring this well-researched plethora of nutritional recipes and information.
Georgie, as a chef with her vast kitchen nouse, enjoyed the recipes and felt their simplicity yet well combined interesting flavours were appropriate and well pitched for busy families. From a nutrition perspective, Jo greatly enjoyed and was excited by the science-based health information, something we rarely see from a cookery book.
Brace yourself, the book is big, packed to the brim with recipes, sectioned in age-appropriate categories from pregnancy and post-birth through to the teenage years.
We particularly liked the Fruity Chicken Bites with Fresh Parsley & Creme Fraiche (‘Wonder Weaning’), and the Smoked Trout & Asparagus Pasta with Courgette Noodles, Cream & Mustard recipe (‘Marvellous Mums’) would make a totally yummy and indulgent meal for the whole family (or a girls lunch!). I know our children would adore the Yogurt & Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Pots too (‘Incredible Kids: Snacks & Treats) – these are so easy yet perfect for those dreamy summer days.
The book is a veritable feast for those interested in feeding their family more healthily. The sheer quantity of recipes and depth of information may be overwhelming for some, as well as some of the guidance (ie. eliminating ALL grains). We do feel it will be greatly enjoyed by those with a deep interest in health and how the body functions and responds to optimal nutrition.
Professor Tim Noakes focuses on ‘The Science’ with his final chapter on ‘The Kids Nutrition Revolution’ which offers fascinating insights into children’s nutrition today. Also worth noting that Georgie and Jo both noticed how the recipes do have a different feel to many we are used to, with a South African ‘twist’ to many of the recipes – for example we are not familiar with chilli poppers – but it is always fun to try something different so we would encourage you to embrace and enjoy it. The book is available from Amazon.