My list of (almost) 10 inspiring books for making meaningful and yummy Family Meals

Hello friend,

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…

  1. To get you thinking about food: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (Michael Pollan)
  2. To learn the basics:The River Cottage Family Cookbook (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & Fizz Carr) and Back to Basics Cookbook (AWW)
  3. To encourage your little ones to be more adventurous with their eating: The Gastrokid Cookbook (Hugh Garvey & Matthew Yeomans)
  4. 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)
  5. To fill lunchboxes with yummy treats:Treats from Little and Friday (Kim Evans) and Marvellous Muffins (Alison Holst)
  6. To enjoy cooking with your little ones: What Shall We Cook Today? (Ryland, Peters & Small) and Little Kitchen (Sabrina Parrini)
  7. To be inspired by a busy Mum: Family Kitchen (Tana Ramsay)
  8. To be inspired by one of my food heroes: The Naked Chef (Jamie Oliver) and River Cottage Every Day (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)
  9. To be inspired by beautiful, funny and inspiring stories interwoven with delicious recipes:  Dinner: A Love Story (Jenny Rosenstrach)
  10. 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)
  11. 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?

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4 Responses to “My list of (almost) 10 inspiring books for making meaningful and yummy Family Meals”

  1. October 24, 2012 at 2:29 am, Shalagh said:

    Dear Hana,
    Happily, I came here through mutual post on Sandra’s Rainforest cottage conversation. Yup, yup, and yup to all you said.
    Timely post here since I am reading (on second recheck out to make sure I finish it) a new book by Karen Le Billon entitled French Kids Eat Everything. It’s very good and eye opening about North American’s disfunctional eating habits. Am now endeavoring to rewrite the patterns for my 7 year old. And am sure to do much better with my new little one due in Feb.. I am printing out your fabulous list of books now.


  2. October 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm, Hana said:

    Hi Shalagh,
    So happy to have you visit!! I recently bought Karen’s book, and have it on my bedside table… waiting for me to get to it!! – I’d love to hear what you think once you finish it.

    I do hope you’ll find the list helpful – and please let me know if you find any other gems!!

    H xo


  3. November 06, 2012 at 4:16 am, Shalagh said:

    Hey Hana again,
    I’m about to write up a review on French Kids Eat Everything. I would like to include a link to this post as well. I was able to print a picture of your collage but not of your list of the books. Could you email that to me for my own personal use?


  4. December 02, 2012 at 11:28 am, Trouble at the Table : Part 2 | SHALAVEE said:

    […] Amazon. Additionally, if feeding and cooking for your children is something you are interested in, Hana at A Happy Adventure posted a nice list of child related cookbooks on her blog here. She was kind enough to offer me more titles if I wanted them. Maybe I’ll take her up on it […]


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