Cook with Kids by Rob Kirby

publication date: Oct 20, 2011
author/source: Alex Bell
Cook With Kids

"Cool, brilliant – when can we make more?" This was the response from Toby, aged nearly seven, to completing four recipes from Cook with Kids by Rob Kirby. He was ready to cook his way through the whole book.

Toby spent days marking pages in this fabulous cook book and created a menu card for his granny's birthday. He chose and made pink lemonade, snake pit jellies, love heart cupcakes (with added candles these were turned into the birthday cake) and chocolate Malteser fridge cake. This last recipe was a real crowd pleaser for our party for 12.

Cook with Kidsis designed to appeal to children and parents alike with genuinely tasty recipes presented with an attractive, simple and contemporary aesthetic.

There are five clear sections: Snack Attack, Scrummy Yummy Mains, Health Food Store, Sweet Emporium, Baker's Shop and finally Smoothies and Cocktails. Toby enjoyed reading the recipes with their enticingly delicious photographs. The language was simple and really speaks to the child cook; Toby could hardly believe his eyes when the first line of "snake pit jelly" read "Break up the jelly into cubes - and eat some (only one square)!"

The big cheesy twists come highly recommended and the Scrummy Yummy Mains are deliciously comforting family meals including New York sliders, easy Thai salmon fishcakes with Asian noodles and a gorgeous all-in-one chicken and everything pie.

Robert Kirby has written this book to benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital School, which will be receiving all royalties. He is heavily involved in Chefs Adopt A School, a scheme where top chefs go into schools and encourage children to enjoy cooking and eating good quality food.

Cook with Kids features 40 full colour recipes and would make a fabulous gift. The recipes are delicious and the proceeds will help raise essential funds for a very good cause. Personally speaking, Toby, Pippa and I had great fun choosing and making the recipes together. Toby's pride when the family complimented his cooking skills couldn't help but warm your heart.

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Published by Absolute PressCook with Kids by Rob Kirby is avaiable from Amazon.