Family meals are one of those things in our house that can be viewed from either end of the spectrum, depending on our current disposition. We look at them with excitement or dread. Family meals have the potential to be such a great source of connection, and I’ve always looked upon cooking as an extension of my love for those eating my meals…
But when our little ones are going through a particular fussy stage – whether they are refusing to try new things, or only want food cooked in the same way for every meal… well it’s easy to lose inspiration. And in particularly busy seasons of our lives, sometimes it’s even difficult to appreciate the simple pleasure of a shared meal.
I have a serious addiction to cookbooks. I’ve pulled off my favourite books that inspire me…
- To get you thinking about food: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (Michael Pollan)
- To learn the basics:The River Cottage Family Cookbook (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & Fizz Carr) and Back to Basics Cookbook (AWW)
- To encourage your little ones to be more adventurous with their eating: The Gastrokid Cookbook (Hugh Garvey & Matthew Yeomans)
- To make meals that won’t break the bank:100+ Tasty $10 Meals (Sophie Gray) and Year-Round Recipes for Crockpots and Slow Cookers (Simon & Alison Holst)
- To fill lunchboxes with yummy treats:Treats from Little and Friday (Kim Evans) and Marvellous Muffins (Alison Holst)
- To enjoy cooking with your little ones: What Shall We Cook Today? (Ryland, Peters & Small) and Little Kitchen (Sabrina Parrini)
- To be inspired by a busy Mum: Family Kitchen (Tana Ramsay)
- To be inspired by one of my food heroes: The Naked Chef (Jamie Oliver) and River Cottage Every Day (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)
- To be inspired by beautiful, funny and inspiring stories interwoven with delicious recipes: Dinner: A Love Story (Jenny Rosenstrach)
- To find many great ways to connect with your family at dinner: The Family Dinner: Great ways to connect with your kids, one meal at a time (Laurie David)
- To sit at the family table with gratitude: A Grateful Heart: 365 Ways to Give Thanks at Mealtime (edited by M.J. Ryan)
What are your favourite cookbooks for family meals?