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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How to Feed a Family by Laura Keogh & Ceri Marsh

How to Feed a Family: The Sweet Potato Chronicles
by Laura Keogh & Ceri Marsh
Appetite (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-449-01573-5
Buy from Indigo

Description: **Breakfast**Brunch**The Lunch Box**Snack Attack**Dinners**Desserts**
What could be more important to parents than a healthy, well-fed family? As two urban, working moms, Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh learned quickly how challenging healthy meal-times can be. So they joined forces to create the Sweet Potato Chronicles, a website written for, and by, non-judgemental moms, packed full of nutritious recipes for families.

In the How to Feed a Family cookbook, Laura and Ceri have selected their very favorite recipes, to create a collection of more than 100 for all ages to enjoy. These are recipes that are tailored specifically to families: they are simple, fast, easy-to-follow, and use ingredients that are readily-available at your local grocery store. Ceri and Laura unveil their tried, tested and true tricks for turning nutritious, sophisticated dishes into kid-friendly masterpieces, that will guarantee you success at meal-time, time and time again.

Interspersed with the recipes are parenting tips and advice to encourage happy meal-times for the whole family: get ready to turn your picky eaters into enthusiastic kitchen helpers!


The Good Stuff
  • Delicious wholesome and healthy recipes 
  • Lots of pictures and the photography is marvelous - you will drool (Every recipe looks like you could taste it right on the page)
  • Recipes are organized nicely, easy to read and easy to follow
  • Plenty of variety in types of recipes
  • Love the picture of one of the women cooking and drinking a glass of wine - now that is my kind of mom
  • Never comes off preachy - as often is the case in these type of cookbooks
  • Didn't make it  yet (ricotta cheese is insanely pricey in Calgary and we on a tight budge right now) but cannot wait to try Rosalia's Grain Pie - looks seriously yummy and easy to make
  • Appreciated and agree with letting the kids help you cook and bake - both my boys bake with me & 12 yr old already can make basic meals for himself - he makes a mean Egg McMuffin (yeah yeah - this ain't McDonalds but what else are we going to call it - his is healthy though)
  • Chicken Chili Tacos is going to be a regular staple for us - everybody loved it and it was easy to make - corn tortillas were not a hit though (could be the brand but they were not very good and we even grilled them a little on the bbq) - we may just use our regular ancient grain ones
  • Can't wait to share this cookbook with my new friend, Sarah
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Some ingredients hard to find in smaller towns - for example went to 6 different stores before I found spelt flour and the stuff cost a mint - would have liked a substitute listed for it (though in many other cases like brown rice syrup they did mention one)
  • Will be hard to get my kids to eat many of the recipes - but am willing to put in the effort (5 yr old ate the tacos but it took me an hour to get him to eat them)
Favorite Recipes

Corn Pancakes - Pg 66
Maple Corn Bread - Pg113 (Yummy, Yummy!!)
Roasted Chickpeas - Pg 129
Chicken Chili Tacos - Pg 149 (So fast & simple to make)
Cocoa Date Bars - Pg 125

4 Dewey's

We received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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