Nadiya Hussain’s ‘Bake Me a Story’ for World Book Day
We want to highlight a particular book today to mark World Book Day, which aims to “promote reading for pleasure” among our children.
Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, this day is actually marked in over 100 countries across the globe.
And let’s face it, with social media, esports, casual gaming, and online entertainment as popular among children as ever, the promotion of books is as important as it’s ever been.
- Like her bakes, Nadiya’s stories all have a sprinkling of something original … A glorious celebration of food and stories – Surrey Advertiser
- This adorable children’s baking book … is full of fun, easy recipes for both adults and children – Cake International
With this in mind, there is one particular book written by TV chef Nadiya Hussain, who won the BBC’s Great British Bake Off competition back in 2015, that’s perfect for introducing children to the world of cookery.
‘Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story’ is an engaging cookbook with 15 stories and recipes that hit the bestseller charts when published in 2016 by Hodder Children’s Books before being shortlisted for a British Book Award.
The book was praised in the Scottish Daily Express for its “easy-to-follow recipes for young chefs” while The Independent declared it: “A great way to get kids interested in baking.”
With 160 pages, it is a unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with playful photography of Nadiya and three children plus carefully devised stories meant to bring families into the kitchen to spend time together.
While sharing stories and cooking, the book introduces children to making yummy butter-bean patties before getting them to enjoy the story of Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk while waiting for the food to cook.
There’s also her ‘Meet Ruby-Red and the Three Bears’; ‘Very-Berry’ muffins; carrot and nutmeg cookies inspired by Rapunzel; and baked pumpkin and spice flapjacks to go with the tale of Cinderella and her pumpkins.
In short, this book encourages sharing food and stories which, during this lockdown period, is perfect for families spending time together at home (available on Amazon and other online book outlets).