My debut cookbook, How to Grow Your Family is now available to pre-order online on all major bookseller websites! The book will be released in early March 2022, just in time for Mothers’ Day and I just can’t wait to see it out in the world.
It’s been a real labour of love creating this book. As well as writing the recipes I also shot all images over lockdown with the kids around (I’ll save the outtakes for another post!). Needless to say I think they were a little confused about what it was I was doing!
How to Grow your Family provides recipes to accompany you from pregnancy through to weaning and family foods. It’s divided into 6 chapters (Trimesters 1-3, Fuel for new parents, Weaning and Family Food) and I want it to be a positive resource to be used during this exciting, yet exhausting time.
The idea for this book came about when my wife was pregnant for the first time and I was really looking forward to cooking healthy and tasty pregnancy-supporting dishes for her. However I found current advice out there tended to focus more on what she shouldn’t eat rather than how to incorporate the foods that were good to eat in pregnancy, into regular, easy-to-make meals. I therefore started to create my own dishes for her to accompany the changing tastes, cravings and requirements of each trimester, and the idea for the book came from there.
Like everything I make, it focuses on food positivity. I strongly believe that food should make you feel good about yourself, not bad. During this time there’s so many different voices telling you what you must and mustn’t do, and it’s a scary time for new parents that’s for sure. I want How to Grow Your Family to be a well-thumbed place of calm for those looking for some tasty, feel-good food whilst they get on with growing their family.
I’ll be talking about it more over the coming weeks but I just wanted to let you know that you can now pre-order!