Book review and chance to win: Hungry? A book by Innocent

I’ll lay it out on the table now, I really like the vibe of the Innocent brand.

It was born in West London and in the company’s early days we used to get visitations from the team in my office at the BBC, tempting us with all the flavours to try and get us hooked – it worked!

I loved the fact that I could get a quick fix of my 5-a-day by necking a delicious fruity drink. I liked the funny and somewhat random messages on the side of the bottle. And when I was pregnant and couldn’t face much food in the morning, the smoothies were a marvel.

The only thing I’m not fond of is their veg pots. Bit bland for my liking.

But onto the cook book…

Who is it for?

Big people feeding small people – i.e. family cooks. It’s for conscientious parents who really want to make sure their kids are getting nutritious grub. Some of the recipes come from the Crumbs sisters, who get a credit at the back – so if you like their fuss-free food with a wry sense of humour then you’ll love this book for sure.

If you love to curl up with a recipe book to read, and not just cook from then this is a great tome to have by the bed. It’s a bit like the Boden catalogue with slightly annoying pages giving you ideas of ‘fun’ things to do in 10 minutes, but redeems itself with interesting pages about seasonal fruit and veg and sustainable fish choices.

Easy to follow? 

The recipes are clearly written, nicely laid out and very achievable. Only the intros and fun pages are littered with ‘chat’ – the recipe methods are left alone which is a relief because I find that a bit tedious when I’m cooking.

Family friendly?

Absolutely. There’s plenty of non-surprising traditional crowd-pleasing dishes like cottage pie, spag bol and paella, but there’s usually some kind of innovative twist that works some more veg into the equation.

There’s also some more adventurous stuff to try out like roast duck with spuds and plums or Lebanese lentil salad. Whether kids would actually eat this kind of food is up to your tribe to decide, but it’s always worth a punt I find as they can sometimes surprise you by suddenly finding an affinity with quite grown-up ingredients.

The chapters cover all the bases when it comes to family food – the obvious breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also snacks, baking and drinks too.

Most likely to cook

I’m currently working my way through the Veggie dinners chapter. Green mac and cheese went particularly well, as I blogged about earlier in the week. Veggie burgers are next on my list as they’ve got halloumi in which I’m addicted to.

I love the vegetable side dish ideas and the page Quick things to do with Veg, as an allotment grower with a lot of produce to burn through it’s good to get some direction.

Least likely to cook

Home made beans on toast. Why bother going to all that effort when you can open a can in 3 seconds flat?!

Would you buy it for a friend?

Definitely – it’s a great gift. It’s an attractive looking book that’ll look great on the shelf or even on your coffee table. But it’s also extremely useful as fodder for inspiration when you’re in a cooking rut and need to liven up your repertoire a bit.

Rating out of 10


It’s a cheerful book that’ll make you smile, probably laugh if you’re in a good mood, and it’ll certainly give you plenty of meal ideas that sneak a whole lot of fruit and veg into your kids’ diet. 

Hungry? A book by Innocent is published by Fourth Estate



I have one copy of Hungry? to giveaway to a lucky reader….

1. For your main chance to win please comment on this post telling me your fave smoothie.

2. For a bonus second chance to win please tweet this post Win Innocent recipe book: Hungry? @cookingkt and comment HERE telling me you have done so along with your twitter username

3. For a third chance to win please follow me @cookingkt on Twitter and comment HERE to tell me you have done so.

This giveaway is open to all readers with a UK mailing address. The winner will be chosen using an online randomiser and announced in a subsequent post.

I am running this competition on behalf of Fourth Estate who will be responsible for sending the prize to the winner. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries. You must leave a separate comment for each bonus entry otherwise they will not be counted.

Closing date: 10pm Friday, 28th October 2011


Thanks to Fourth Estate for my review copy of Hungry?


About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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80 Responses to Book review and chance to win: Hungry? A book by Innocent

  1. mummiafelice says:

    My favourite smoothie is peaches ‘n’ cream – made with a really creamy yogurt…yum yum!

  2. mummiafelice says:

    I have just tweeted as @mummiafelice

  3. mummiafelice says:

    I am already following you on Twitter @mummiafelice 😀 Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Strawberry! I have tweeted and followed you too. 😀 My username is AngoraFerret 😀

  5. My face smoothie is the original orange manga passion!

  6. Sarah Ballantyne says:

    My fav is a green smoothie made with apple juice, melon, grapes and kiwi fruit. It’s looks a bit weird but is really refreshing and makes a change from the usual banana and strawberry flavours.

  7. Sarah Ballantyne says:

    I am already following @cookingkt on Twitter and have tweeted (@rugbylovingmum)

  8. Helen says:

    My favourite smoothie is strawberry and banana.

  9. Helen says:

    Have tweeted as @toffeefudge1

  10. Helen says:

    Already follow you on twitter as @toffeefudge1

  11. Georgina Ball says:

    Banana and honey mmmmm

  12. Georgina Ball says:

    Tweeted – georgebee69

  13. Georgina Ball says:

    following cookingkt – georgebee69


    My fav smoothie is banana and strawberry and honey


    I have tweeted @nataliemay29


    I am following on twitter @nataliemay29

  17. Kirsty Fox says:

    I haven’t tried many smoothies but out of the few I have tried Strawberry was definitely my favourite, yum!


  18. Kirsty Fox says:

    I have tweeted


  19. Kirsty Fox says:

    I am following @cookingkt on twitter


  20. Julie says:

    mango and banana

  21. pamela says:


  22. Solange says:

    Strawberries & Mango

  23. Steph Marie says:

    fav smoothie…i love any smoothie with banana in, i just really like the texture the banana gives it.

  24. Steph Marie says:

    i am also following you on twitter: stephie_xox

  25. ellen says:

    coconut and banana

  26. Christine Ball says:

    My favourite Smoothie is Strawberries because it is the ideal selection for taste perfection and I have had to try most of the rest to discover the best

  27. Strawberry and white chocolate!

  28. I am already a follower on Twitter @tracyknixon

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

  29. Carolina J. says:

    I like the one we make at home: 2 bananas, 3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream, milk and blend. We do not even add honey- it is beautiful as it is.

  30. Carolina J. says:

    Tweeted! @pandcands

  31. Carolina J. says:

    I am following you on Twitter (@pandcands)

  32. Victoria B says:


  33. Paul Wilson says:

    My favourite smoothie is avocado, apple and lemon.

  34. sharma gaskill says:

    My favourite smoothie is mango & passion fruit so scrummy.

  35. sharma gaskill says:

    Tweeted @sharmagaskill

  36. sharma gaskill says:

    I am following you on twitter @sharmagaskill

  37. Judy Wright says:

    Fave smoothie is mango and banana 🙂

  38. My favourite smoothie is strawberry and banana

  39. Follow you on twitter as @1978rebecca

  40. Have tweeted as @1978rebecca

  41. My favourite is Kiwi and Limi..yuummm xxx

  42. My favourite smoothie is the one you do with kiwi in it, cant remember what else is in it but its green haha! Mmmmm its so yummy 🙂

  43. Cheryll H says:

    Fave smothie has to be summer berries – yum 🙂 @pipersky1

  44. Cheryll H says:

    Oops, meant smoothie above – d’oh!

    Have tweeted 🙂 @pipersky1

  45. Cheryll H says:

    Also following on Twitter 🙂 @pipersky1

  46. claire says:

    Hi there – love your blog! Have tweeted your post and am now following you on twitter. Keep up the lovely posts! Claire

  47. sairz24 says:

    my favorite smoothie .. Banana and strawberry – tastes like summer 🙂

  48. have tweeted the competition @angiesandhu

  49. already follow you on twitter @angiesandhu

  50. Banana split smoothie (and luckily it contains chocolate!)

  51. I have tweeted

  52. I follow you on twitter

  53. Heather says:

    i love any smoothie with coconut in it!

  54. Heather says:



  55. Heather says:

    i follow on twitter


  56. Sarah B says:

    My favourite smoothie is honey and vanilla.

  57. Cheryl Bridges says:

    Bananna and honey smoothie is lush. And if you’re feeling naughty pop some choc chips in aswell! This book sounds great and a great review as always 🙂

  58. Rebecca says:

    My favourite smoothie has to be strawberry & banana yum yum

  59. My fave smoothie is summer berries x

  60. Amanda Egglestone says:

    Favourite smoothies is banana and strawberry

  61. Mark Palmer says:

    Chocolate and banana

  62. Strawberry and banana – hmmmm….lovely

  63. Robyn Clarke says:

    Tweeted @robynlclarke

  64. Robyn Clarke says:

    Following on twitter @robynlclarke

  65. Hazel rush says:

    My favourite is banana and ice cream smoothie made with Ben and jerry’s cookie dough!!
    hazelrush54 (at)

  66. My favourite smoothie is Strawberry and Banana

  67. I have tweeted the comp on Twitter – tweet me @aesop57

  68. I am following you @cookingkt on Twitter (@aesop57)

  69. Claire Briggs says:

    Strawberry and banana..yummy!

  70. Dawn Totton says:

    My favourite would be strawberry and banana

  71. Gary Humphrey says:

    strawberry , bannana and blueberries

  72. Sarah Parker says:

    my favourite is strawberry

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