Now first of all I’ll admit that I’m slightly biased here as Nick Coffer, author of this book and food vlogger and blogger, is a good friend of mine. We’ve known each other for ages and finally met last year at The Real Food Festival. We have a mutual ‘argh, help!’ relationship and he’s my go-to person for those niggly food-writing problems (‘why won’t this rise/will it matter if I don’t do that?’, etc…)
That said, I promised him faithfully that I’d give an honest review, so honest I will be (mwah ha haaaa).
First things first, the colours in the book are really pleasing to the eye. There’s a turquoise theme running through, cleverly accentuated in Nick and Archie’s clothes, backgrounds and even crockery. I think it was one of the things that Nick maybe resisted, but it works really well, making it a pleasure to read.
And don’t be fooled into thinking that because Nick cooks with Archie, his toddler, it means that the recipes are ‘kids’ food’. Not at all. The book is filled with really good, solid, family recipes with some innovative ideas sprinkled in for good measure. Take, for example, the Mexican Lasagne. Instead of pasta, the recipe uses tortillas: and yes, they really work! It doesn’t even matter if you don’t use every recipe exactly as it’s written – simple layer up your own favourite chilli and follow the rest of the dish in the book – I think that’s the beauty of a lot of these recipes: there are hints, tips and ideas that you’ll adopt into your everyday cooking.
The (almost) no cooking required section will have busy parents everywhere sending Nick fan mail, and the pesto, although different ratios of ingredients than I normally use is – gasp – better and fresher than mine! I’ll be using Nick’s version from now on.
Tonight I shall be making the chicken and cauliflower biryani with my leftover roast chicken from yesterday, and this weekend I’ll be going all-out and trying Nick’s pared down version of a flourless chocolate cake (I do love it when my favourite recipes get even easier).
I’ll let you know how I get on!
Pop over to Nick’s blog to see videos of him and Archie cooking up a storm. You can also hear Nick on BBC Three Counties Radio: Nick Coffer’s Weekend Kitchen is on every Saturday from 12-2pm. I’m also regularly found busting my paltry download limit by listening on BBC iPlayer too.
Nick Coffer’s My Daddy Cooks is published by Hodder & Stoughton and is out now on Amazon, priced £11.04.