Regardless of whether you’re a skilled and seasoned cook or someone still finding their feet in the kitchen, we can all do with a boost of cooking inspiration from time to time. From purees to family pies, here’s six of my favourite cookbook titles to add to your home library.
We all know it can be tricky to feed finicky eaters, making it easy to fall into a cooking rut and churn out the same meals week after week. Don’t take chants of ‘I don’t like that’ personally, take it on the chin and try it again another day. What they didn’t like last week, they might just love next week. Because, kids.
1. Food for Babies and Toddlers
You’d think purees would be easy, right? Good news – they are, but there are just so many puree and toddler friendly combinations that we just don’t even think of. Make the most of this stage of eager exploration by introducing a wide range of different flavours. One of my favourite picks for the job, Australian Women’s Weekly Food for Babies and Toddlers, $24.95.
2. Wholefood For Children
For those of us who choose a whole food approach to eating, Wholefood For Children by Jude Blereau, $38.25, gives great insight to catering for babies aged from six months through to school aged children. Many recipes can be used as lunch box fillers for children of any age (adults too!).
3. Busy Mum’s Cookbook
From the woman who knows all there is to know about cooking for families, Annabel Karmel, the Busy Mum’s Cookbook, $35.50, is a lifesaver for busy parents. A brilliant cookbook with sections promising you’ll have dinner on the table in just 20 minutes or recipes using six or less ingredients, you can’t go wrong.
4. $20 Family Meals in 20 Minutes
Hailed Australia’s first Masterchef back in 2009, I believe everything Julie Goodwin touches surely becomes delicious. Consequently, when the country’s most loved home cook produces a cookbook based around feeding your family for $20 and in 20 minutes, I absolutely hand-on-my-heart believe it to be the truth. 20/20 Meals by Juile Goodwin, $30, a great buy if you’re serious about watching your pennies but don’t want to sacrifice your taste buds in doing so.
5. Something For Everyone
Louise Fulton Keats really does deliver something for everyone at the table with her aptly named cookbook, Something For Everyone, $30.75. A book bursting with family meals for baby, toddler and beyond, Louise gives notes alongside each recipe on how to adapt it for babies and toddlers which is nothing short of brilliant. Thermomix users, you’ll be mighty pleased you can also buy a Thermomix specific version of this cookbook.
6. Master the Basics
When you’ve moved past and conquered any fussy eating stages and everyone is eating relatively the same thing each and every night, it’s time to broaden your cooking horizons a little. I can’t tell you how much I love this book from Australian Women’s Weekly (an institution in itself), Basics, $26.95, really does give you the skills to master delicious family cooking – and even amp it up a little. Filled with easy to follow, no fail recipes, this cookbook is a winner for every home cook.
There’s six of my favourites, be sure to check your local bookshop or library for more inspiration!