When Crumbs, one of our favourite blogging and YouTube’ing duos recently published a cookbook, we couldn’t help but celebrate. We also asked another of our favourite bloggers, Lucy Parissi from Super Golden Bakes, to review it. Here’s her take on a potential new addition to your family cookbook shelf.
When the Crumbs Family Cookbook landed on my desk I had never hear of Claire and Lucy McDonald or their popular food blog. For those of you who might be similarly uniformed (clearly living under a rock) Claire and Lucy are sisters, mothers and journalists who share quick, easy and family-friendly recipes on their blog and YouTube channel.
Lucy and Claire’s likeable and bubbly personalities come across in the Crumbs cookbook – some of the chapter intros had me laughing out loud in recognition (‘big parties for small kids are hell on earth’ – no truer words were ever spoken) – and the humour that comes through in the writing is a big part of the appeal. The book is divided into 15 chapters – a a few too many to list here – with the emphasis on fuss-free recipes that will appeal to kids but are actually perfectly adult-friendly.
Rather than navigate the chapters, I prefer to look at the quick index on page 11 for inspiration where recipes are listed by type – Meals in 10 minutes, Perfect for playdates, The store cupboard is empty and so on. The recipes range from the extremely simple – Broccoli pasta– to the more impressive sounding but in fact really easy Rosemary and anchovy leg of lamb with lentils and salsa verde. I can vouch for the lamb recipe – it is absolutely delicious and I would serve that salsa with everything from fish to veggies.
While the Crumbs Family Cookbook book won’t necessarily widen your culinary horizons, there’s plenty of very tasty sounding recipes and many sensible tips and shortcuts. What’s more, the ingredients are usually cupboard staples and most meals are ready in under 30 minutes – a great book for busy families. — Lucy Parissi
By Claire Mcdonald and Lucy Mcdonald