I am very proud to have had two cookbooks published in the past few years. The most recent is called The After School Cookbook, packed with 120 recipes which take all the stress out of home time and cooking for children. The book is divided into 8 chapters:
Speed of Night is all about the quickest of quick cook recipes.
Ready When You Get Home is full of make-ahead recipes to eliminate the stress from home time.
Saving Your Bacon has delicious but thrifty recipes.
Gone Still Here Tomorrow makes the most of leftovers and stretches meals over more than one day.
Inspired Lunchboxes are tasty lunches for school time (or any other time for that matter).
Mind The Gap features recipes to eat on the run, in the gap between the end of school and supper, or football practise or going to Brownies. Things to eat when a meal would be too much but when a hungry tummy needs filling.
Ready Made Meals Made By You is full of classics which are much tastier when home-made than store-bought,
2+2=7 is the chapter for those very unplanned playdates when suddenly you have more mouths to feed.
And finally, the book wouldn’t have been complete without a chapter of Genius Treats, containing all the sweet treats you could ever need.
It is available on Amazon, from the Book People, and in-store in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waterstones and independent book-sellers.
My first book came out in 2011 and was simply entitled My Daddy Cooks. Very much along the same lines as The After School Cookbook, it is jam-packed with simple, foolproof, fun recipes to cook with your children and eat with your children.
To this day, many of the recipes in it remain staples in our house. The oven-baked risotto, the savoury muffins, the bread scrolls and the Mexican Chilli Con Carne are all big favourites.
The book is still available online from Amazon.