Nora Sands is the outrageous, loveable, no-nonsense dinner lady who shot to fame in Jamie Oliver's TV series, 'Jamie's School Dinners'. The programme has since been broadcast in 23 countries - pretty impressive for a programme on British school food!
Armed with newfound confidence and an ingredients list she couldn't pronounce, Nora became passionate about getting kids confident about cooking at home, rather than relying on unhealthy and unsociable ready-meals. Her recipes draw on her favourite childhood foods, the meals she prepared with her own children, and the foods she discovered while working with Jamie. 'Nora's Dinners' is full of recipes for delicious (and well-balanced) breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Plus, there are fun options for tasty treats. And Jamie Oliver himself provides a foreword.
With special "pick 'n' mix" sections featured throughout, kids can invent their own creations and customise their meals using a basic recipe, like pizza with exciting and healthy toppings, or colourful, delicious salad (yes, they will eat it). The emphasis is on learning different cooking techniques, eating a balanced (but never boring) diet, having fun, and getting friends and family involved.
Peppered with wonderful and often hilarious anecdotes, this is a book written specifically for kids. Although some recipes require adult help or supervision, children will be able to follow each recipe themselves. The introduction outlines basic nutrition, safety & food hygiene, and cooking techniques in language geared to get kids learning. Instructions throughout are kept simple, with the absolute beginner in mind. So put your feet up - the kids are making dinner tonight!