Fiona Patchett: The Usborne Children’s Book of Baking (Usborne Publishing 2006)
Fiona Patchett is a children’s book writer and editor at Usborne Publishing in the UK. From cookbooks to history books, from sticker books to fairy tales, she collaborates with illustrators and designers to create eye-catching and informative books. In her free time, she likes to bake and tries different recipes for fairy cakes.
Two of her children’s cookbooks have already been published: Christmas Baking for Children and The Usborne Children’s Book of Baking, which can also be read in Hungarian. I was still in high school when I saw it in a bookstore, and I really liked the beautiful cake photos. I tried a few of its recipes, but then I didn’t come across it for years, until I finally baked from it several times at last Christmas. What I liked about it was that – since it was made for children – every step is precisely described and illustrated. The recipes are made from simple ingredients, are easy to prepare and the result is very delicious. The picture shows the wonderful carrot cake made based on the recipe found in the book.
The 41 recipes in the book were written and prepared by Catherine Atkinson, the finished cookies were photographed by Howard Allman, the work processes were illustrated by Molly Sage and Adam Larkum and designed by Nancy Leschnikoff. In addition to the recipes, the book also contains tips and useful advices on preparation, baking and decoration.