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4 Ingredients Kids - Book Review

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by Tabatha (subscribe)
Rediscovering the wonders around us through the eyes of my young son.
Published January 19th 2012
Front cover of '4 Ingredients Kids' cookbook
It's official, I have been converted to the 4 ingredients way of thinking. Their concept of using just 4 ingredients always intrigued me, but I found I could not bring myself to part with my hard earned cash when I did a quick flick of the first book in the series at my local supermarket and saw there were no pictures of the foods to set my taste buds a tingling.

I must admit I have a thing with cookbooks without pictures; I just don't get the rush of inspiration if there is no mouth watering pictures to tempt me to make or bake the recipes within. However my theory that a cookbook is no good if there are no pictures has been completely shattered with my recent purchase of the 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook by Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham.

Admittedly it was on sale for a really good price and being the frugal minded mum I am these days, I just couldn't resist the lure of the purchase.

The 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook is a cleverly written balancing act with simple down to earth lingo, which is designed to encourage kids into the kitchen and not scare them silly with adult cooking terminologies and techniques, while at the same time not belittling the adult audience.

Some of the recipes in the 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook even have funky names to appeal to the kids such as Volcanic Eggs, Piglet Tails, Echidna Balls, Chipwiches, and our latest favourite the B1 B2 Smoothie.

The cookbook's 207 pages contain recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and the all-important snacks that little growing bodies need.

The authors have included a handy list of all the basic ingredients to keep stock of in your pantry, so that you can whip up something quick and tasty without having to traipse to the shops for rare ingredients every time a recipe inspires you. There is a chapter for the baby being introduced to solids, home made takeaway, and a personal favourite of mine to help you use up your leftovers, called 'Love your Leftovers'.

It is liberally sprinkled throughout with helpful hints, kids jokes, and insightful quotes.

One of the things that really impressed me with the 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook is that all the recipes use readily available ingredients that most of us would keep in the pantry anyway, unlike a lot of the recipe books I own.
Strawberry flavoured balls
Strawberry Flavoured Balls - one of my first attempts at altering a recipe with success.
The 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook has inspired me to venture into the world of altering and ad-libbing recipes such as my Adults Only Tia Maria Chocolate Balls; based on the recipe Chocolate Balls featured on page 152 of the 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook.

This cookbook has become our saviour at meal times. It has allowed our young son to feel like he is in control of what he eats when he chooses a recipe from mummy's pre-selected short list, thereby minimising our tantrum quota for the week. And at the risk of sounding like a late night infomercial, 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook truly has become the first cookbook I reach for to provide simple and delicious home cooked meals for both our every day meals and our many family get-togethers throughout the year.
Jam Drop Biscuits
4 Ingredients recipe Jam Drops. Recipe uses Nutella, but due to nut allergy made with plum and apricot jams.

I highly recommend the 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook for all parents wanting to cook fast, simple, and appetising meals for the whole family without breaking the monetary and time banks with expensive ingredients or complicated cooking techniques as well as for parents wanting to give their older children some cooking independence in the kitchen.

The 4 Ingredients Kids cookbook is available direct from the website for $15.
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Why? Helps to alleviate toddler tantrums and puts the fun back into food preparation
When: Morning, noon or night this ccokbook is just right
Where: At home
Cost: Book costs $15 direct from authors
Your Comment
Great review! I like the sound of this book. My little one's getting into 'helping' in the kitchen and I've been looking for some simple recipes we can make together.
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 2|846) 1670 days ago
Are you for real! this book is full of recipes such as Spag Bol:
Mince, spaghetti, jar pasta sauce, and Parmesan Cheese. Most people need a recipe so they don't have this for dinner. What about scoops of ice cream on top of Choc chip 'cookies' (for the US sales I suppose). Most of the recipes use supermarket packaged food and jars. Then they have the nerve to have snippets of "health" advice for kids scattered through the book. Sad.
by saron (score: 0|2) 1376 days ago
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