Making REAL FOOD. Fun.

I was recently asked to work on a project that could not have been more relevant. Professionally, as a pastry arts graduate and trained food stylist AND personally, as a mother of 2 picky eaters.

I was hired by Formac Publishing to provide foodstyling for their latest cookbook project – a family cookbook, written by Wendy McCallum, RHN .

The cookbook centers on the idea that we can all eat less of the packaged, processed, and prepared food and instead enjoy real food that is quick, easy, and delicious. Wendy offers easy-to-make real food alternatives to the most popular processed foods — from Kraft Dinner to Bear Paws. Every one of her recipes is kid tested and kid approved. The recipes range from Ain’t Jemima Pancake Syrup to Popeye Pesto to Free Range Goldfish and This Chalet Chicken.

I had so much fun styling the food with kids in mind. You can make a big impression when it comes to how you serve what you have prepared. Here are some ideas that I have used in the cookbook.

For younger audiences, cookie cutters are a must have – it is amazing what kids will eat when they come in fun shapes!

Get creative – use fun props like mason jars, straws, toys, and handwritten notes to engage your child.

Use everyday objects for quirky alternatives to plates and bowls such as buckets, beach toys, trucks, and single serving dishes.

Real Food for Real Families, will be available for purchase in the Spring of 2013 – here is a sneak peak of the cover!

Image1-240x300UPDATE: Cookbook Launch Party is June 5, 2013, 6 – 9 pm at the St. Mary’s Boat Club!

Mark your calenders!!

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