The Sawyer children are almost as much a part of this book as their Dad, and although Noodle Kids has 50 recipes, it's actually just as useful for the suggestions and examples of how to get children interested in joining in - choosing ingredients, getting their hands dirty, and losing any fear and nerves about food and cooking.
There are even ideas for making vegetables fun!
There's a real focus on getting extra (sometimes sneaky) veg into meals, something I feel strongly about - my basic tomato sauce recipe is not very different to theirs!
The pasta stuffing recipes are great, there are lots there that I'm going to try with my children and it makes me realise it's been too long since we used our pasta maker, as the results are far more delicious than shop-bought.
Throughout the book the Noodlecat appears with facts and ideas. They're truly interesting too - things that children will laugh at, like and remember.
The only problem with this book for me is that in the main it's actually quite advanced. The recipes are easy to follow and clearly set out, but there are plenty of ingredients in here that I've never heard of, equipment I've only seen in Italian restaurants and some things that are mentioned as if they're everyday, but they just aren't in the UK. I could shop around and get all of the ingredients, but I'm naturally as lazy as anyone else and I'd rather just be able to add it to my online order or grab it in the supermarket. For the UK market I'd like to see more mention of simple substitutions - we are not all going to find it easy to pick up buckwheat noodles, fontina cheese, instant dashi powder or bonito flakes.
And some of the recipes are really unusual for an everyday UK child's dinner too...1.5lb of live lobster would cost about £25 here....
Not all of the recipes are entirely unfamiliar though.....
It's a lovely book with great photographs, loads of personality and a lovely ethos. Veggies are respected, as are vegetarians, and there are some lovely ideas and delicious sounding recipes. It's just the fact we don't live on the seafront in Seattle I think that lets it down...*sighs wistfully and imagines living on the seafront in Seattle*...
Noodle Kids is available from all good book shops and has an rrp of £15.99, but my readers can buy it at a discounted price until the end of May 2015. To order Noodle Kids at the discounted price of £12 including p&p* telephone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the offer code APG291. *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.
I was sent my copy of Noodle Kids for review