Oooh, I’ve just bought this brilliant Kew Gardens book as a birthday gift for one of my son’s friends and it’s so lovely that I’m not sure I can part with it! It contains all the info young gardeners need to grow, cook and eat their own food, even if they only have space for a few containers or a window box. The recipes are scrummy and with beetroot chocolate cake, chilli hot chocolate, lettuce scoops and bacon and runner bean spaghetti on the menu, there’s loads of inspiration for readers to try cooking and tasting something a bit different.

The textured, attractive hard cover and fab illustrations give the book a really high-quality look and feel. I’m pairing it with a children’s gardening journal so that H’s friend can create a record of his growing season, and as much as I’m reluctant to hand the book over, I do hope he gets much pleasure and enjoyment out of it. I suspect by tonight I’ll have ordered another copy just for us.

The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook: Plant, Cook, Eat!
Authors: Joe Archer and Caroline Craig
Illustrator: Sara Mulvanny
Publisher: Wayland Books

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