A kids’ guide to good & fast food: Pocket Money Cookery Review
This book is the result of a wonderful project with a goal to teach children that cooking tasty and healthy meals can be fun, cheap, easy and quick. It also focuses on creating meals that have healthy ingredients and not just on the amount of calories.
The team behind the book started with a community cookery project visiting educational groups and organisations to show children some healthy and fun recipes. That project finished and the book Pocket Money Cookery is the next step and it will be distributed for free to schools, play groups and libraries to spread the word, raise awareness and most importantly get children interested in cooking.
Pocket Money Cookery is a great book for doing this! It has a bunch of fun recipes that children and adults will love. The recipes are Cecilia Valente’s recipes and she grew up in Italy so many of the recipes have yummy Mediterranean flavours (my favourite!).
There’s so much more than just recipes in this book. It has lots of interesting stories from Cecilia’s life in sections called “Curiosity Corner” and sections of nutritional information and tips by nutritional therapist Jessica Scott who specialises in children’s nutrition. It is very important that children learn about what foods are healthy, how much to eat of different things and how to prepare balances meals.. If kids learn about healthy eating and get into good habits when they are young they are much more likely to be healthy adults.
The 10 recipes are very thorough and easy to follow, have information on approximate costs, preparation time and they are full of great tips to make it healthy and how to save money. The book is laid out in a way that reminds me of school books. This should make it very easy for children to read it since the style is already familiar. The fonts are good sizes for kids and very clear.
The photos of the food are not the best quality but kids will not mind and it’s not very important. Since the book will be given away the budget was small and this part is not essential to reach the goal to inspire children to get cooking and learn about healthy eating.
My favourite bit of the book is the introduction which has a very thorough guide on food hygiene and food safety. This is a very important part of cooking and I think it’s great that it’s been incorporated into Pocket Money Cookery.
In the back of the book there is also space for kids to write down their own recipes. Children will love this feature!
This project was funded on Kickstarter and you can read more about it here.
The lovely Pocket Money Cookery can be purchased from the OoberKids Republic website for £7.
We were sent this book for review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all opinions and thoughts are my own.