My Daddy Cooks

Sunday 8 June 2014 by

My Daddy Cooks: 100 Fresh New Recipes for the Whole Family by Nick Coffer

My Daddy Cooks, Nick Coffer, Cookbook, Hodder & Stoughton, Book

I have a double stacked shelf and a half of recipe books, plus a couple that float around the kitchen permanently but there is one that stands out from the rest for me and that is Nick Coffer’s My Daddy Cooks.

Bought after my Twitter feed went mental over it, conveniently just after I had started my Day Zero challenge (101 things in 1001 days) where one task I set myself was to choose a recipe book and make every single recipe contained inside. I chose this one.

That was back in July 2011 and come April this year, after a week of cooking nothing but recipes from My Daddy Cooks (I may have left a few ’til the very end…) I completed the challenge and ticked them all off. I made each and every recipe between the covers, some of them multiple times because they are super tasty.

Out of the 100 recipes in the book there were merely a handful that we disliked between us, perhaps ten or so, and usually it wasn’t a universal dislike – just one or other of us wasn’t keen. There was only one real disaster that neither of us ate and that was the Miso-Glazed Grilled Fish – there was nothing wrong with the recipe per se it just turns out that Caius and I really don’t like Miso paste. I have since tried Miso soup and had the same sort of response – it is a taste we clearly haven’t acquired.

That leaves the majority of the book as a total success – I have featured a few of the recipes in my Fussy Eaters Fight Club posts because they even won over my two fuss pots (Mexican Lasagne, Turkey & Cranberry Meatloaf and Fruit Compote, Yoghurt & Granola Glasses). Anything that gets those two trying new things and eating meals that we can all share is a big win for me.

The 100 recipes are divided into nine chapters covering breakfast, light lunches, soups, puddings, Nick’s take on classic dishes and more. There really is something for everyone and something for every occasion – I made the Sticky Baked Salmon with Sesame Noodles for a grown up dinner party, the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Brownies as a gift for a friend, the Beef, Guinness & Mushroom Stew for my parents and the kids love making and eating the Bready Scrolls and the Quickest Home-Made Pizzas. It even has a divine Muddy Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe which is perfect for anyone with a wheat or gluten allergy (it went down very well at my church Easter market, that’s for certain!)

The recipes are all simple and easy to follow and there are plenty of beautiful photographs to go with them. Each recipe has a little paragraph before it with a story of where it came from and how it came to be one of the recipes chosen to be in the book. This makes the whole book feel more personal than most recipe books such as little anecdotes about how Nick’s son helps in the kitchen in the way only a toddler can – something I can whole-heartedly relate to!

My copy of My Daddy Cooks is stained with drips and crumbs, has notes scribbled next to recipes of variations I have tried and ingredients I have swapped and substituted and there’s a chocolate stained, scruffy tally on the title page that I faithfully kept as I worked my way through the book.

My Daddy Cooks, Nick Coffer, Cookbook, Hodder & Stoughton, Book

Nothing shows love in a cookery book quite like sticky fingerprints, spice stains and helpful scribbles from a toddler and my copy of My Daddy Cooks is very much loved. I highly recommend it to everyone – you don’t have to be a wannabe Master Chef to pull off the recipes and they are hearty and full of love.

Nick’s second cook book came out just this week; it is called The After School Cookbook and has another 120 recipes which are undoubtedly going to be tasty too. I am seriously looking forward to my copy arriving – Nick has been kind enough to gift me one as a reward for so thoroughly completing My Daddy Cooks.

You can follow Nick on twitter: @nickcoffer

And his Facebook page has updates on all his books, blog, BBC radio work and everything else he gets up to! Nick Coffer :: My Daddy Cooks

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