Although I was unable to attend Annabel Karmel’s recent recipe demonstration, I did receive a free cope of her new cookbook Top 100 Pasta Dishes to review.
The recipes are described as delicious, wholesome dishes to suit all palates - from Confit Duck and Tomato Ragu Rigatoni to Spaghetti and Mussels in a Parcel - all quick, easy and convenient for busy mums on the run with kids who may be fussy eaters. In particular, it is aimed at babies and toddlers to help them develop an early appreciation for various tastes and textures.
IJ has grown out of the baby and toddler sections of the book but I was keen to look at the family recipes at the back and interested to test whether the recipes would appeal to a fussy eater. Even though IJ loves pasta, I found the recipes containing duck, mussels, prawns, salmon, crab or clams were simply too adventurous. In many cases they were to adventurous for me as well as I’m not a fan of seafood. I don’t eat red meat, simply because I don’t like it, which ruled out the beef recipes.
Thankfully, there were many recipes that did appeal to both of our tastes including the chicken pasta salad, the spaghetti with pesto and the Singapore noodles. IJ was quite reluctant to try them as they differed from the pasta and tuna she usually has, but that was no bad thing as I’m keen for her to try new dishes.
I loved the Yummy Veggies section at the very end of the book with spinach, ricotta and tomato lasagna, the vegetarian pasta bake and the pumpkin gnocchi with butter and sage sauce. These are all recipes that hopefully IJ will try in the future even if she won’t attempt them now. So for me the book would be worth buying despite the fact that we found some of the recipes a little too adventurous for fussy palates.Annabel Karmel’s Top 100 Pasta Dishes, published by Ebury Press, is out now and available from all good bookshops, priced £9.99. Alternatively, visit Annabel Karmel’s website.