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Kids Cook French, by Claudine Pépin

Kids-Cook-French-(1)I’m so excited to share this book with you! It ticks all the right boxes for me: a cookbook for kids that is sophisticated, recipes which makes children want to enjoy real, wholesome food and delicate illustrations highlighting the beauty of the traditional French kitchen.

Kid’s Cook French is a book curated by a whole family and it’s intended to be enjoyed by the whole family. (Together with her husband, Claudine wrote the recipes, while her father and her daughter worked on the illustrations). Claudine Pepin advocates there no such thing as “kids food”, only “good food”. She truly believes the kitchen is the heart of the home and I love how she writes a note for children in the beginning of the book explaining cooking is fun; it makes people happy!


My eldest daughter, Helena, was really keen to choose what she wanted to cook herself after this wonderful message from Claudine. So she took pen to market paper and wrote down her shopping list. Her first recipe was sauteed white fish in a secret sauce. I was so impressed with the simplicity of the recipes (considering they sounded so exquisite) as Helena hardly asked for help from me.

market-list-2Next up she made herb-roasted pototoes which having made it several times now has become a family favourite. It’s so simple and so absolutely delicious!

pommes-de-terre-roties-aux-herbesKid’s Cook French is a cookbook containing 30 glorious recipes, grouped as starters, mains, sides and desserts. Each recipe is written in both English and French which I think is awesome to encourage Helena’s (and my) French skills. The illustrations are as exquisite as the food to be cooked and I enjoyed the notes on each recipe, most of which are family anecdotes. This is a superb book which excites us about seasonal cooking. It’s a book which has yet to be included in our book shelf as we’re using it so often. As Claudine says, “family mealtimes are essential to communicate, to bond together, to laugh, to argue, to share, and to enjoy life” – I know you will all love this book.

Available online from Amazon (US) and (UK).

Happy cooking!!
Vanessa xx


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