Cooking for Your Child by Nicola Galloway

Cooking for Your Child by Nicola Galloway Nicola Galloway may be based in Nelson, New Zealand, but this no-nonsense, practical cookbook will appeal to parents in any hemisphere. From first tastes and flavors to school lunches and dinnertimes, there are plenty of ideas here for feeding children of every age group as well as recipes you can adapt for the entire family.

A trained chef and nutritionist, Galloway focuses on healthy eating but not at the expense of taste and ease of preparation. This book is packed with simple recipes – rather than spending money on the big brand versions, why not make your own rusks, muesli or Chocolate Hazelnut Spread? – along with ideas for adding iron (dried fruit) to baby porridge, protein (ground oats) to pancakes and vitamin and mineral-rich spirulina to smoothies.

Plenty of tips on using ingredients like spices, ground nuts and kelp are scattered in bite-sized chunks throughout the text. The recipes are sandwiched between a chapter on nutrition and a collection of useful appendices, including a meal planner and food introduction table.

While this book will be of most interest to parents, there are few people that won’t learn a little about eating well from reading it.

Cooking for Your Child by Nicola Galloway is published by Craig Potton Publishing and is available online – more details from

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Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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2 Responses

  1. Gillian says:

    Hey you, you are still in Nelson. If I had to relocate this would be in my top three places! We visited there on honeymoon and I was blown away by the artisty, crafts, food, wine and scenry. What a beautiful place.Have you used Annabel Karmel’s baby/kids cookbooks? I am wondering how this one compares.Gillian

  2. New Dad says:

    My wife and I bought two Annabel Karmel books. The first one, for when baby is just starting solids, is fantastic – some amazing recipes that even the parents could not resist tasting! Not so gone on her finger foods book for babies around the 1 year old mark – definitely going to look into Nicola Galloway’s book.New Dad blogs at

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