The Five O'Clock Apron

The Five O'Clock Apron

Proper Food for Modern Families


Every parent's dream - proper, nutritious recipes for the whole family that will get even the fussiest kids eating up. With delicious recipes and mouth-watering photography, this cookbook from popular blogger and Guardian columnist will revolutionise family supper times...

'One of the best family cookbooks I've seen in years' -- Diana Henry
'The best family cookbook EVER' -- ***** Reader review
'My new favourite cookbook for sure' -- ***** Reader review
'Really love this book - it's on heavy rotation in my kitchen' -- ***** Reader review
'Awesome' -- ***** Reader review
'Good for the soul and for the stomach' -- ***** Reader review
'A real winner' -- ***** Reader review

Faced with the daily challenge of what to cook for her three young children, chef and mum Claire Thomson made it her mission to inspire parents stuck in a teatime rut. Every day she makes a 'proper' tea, tweeting it at 5pm - and from that her blog '5 O'Clock Apron' was born and a popular Guardian column on cooking for children followed.

Claire wants to inspire other parents and invigorate the concept of family cookery. Cooking shouldn't be a chore, one meal for the grown-ups and another for the children. Claire's fresh, exciting meals are versatile and flavourful enough to please everyone around the table, encouraging parents to view food differently, to refresh their culinary imaginations and find real joy in cooking for their children.

Featuring sections on milk, bread, grains, pulses, rice, vegetables, fruit and fish, 5 O'clock Apron will engage and empower parents. Why not try...

Green Pea Pesto
Bean & Broccoli Soup
Spring Onion Farinata
Slow Roast Carrots with Brown Rice
Spanish Baked Rice
Whole Chicken roasted over Rice with Cinnamon

And much more...

Not just a recipe book, but a way of thinking about how to shop, cook, eat and celebrate as a family, Claire provides a unique insight, as both a mother and a chef, into what really makes food appealing for children.


  • One of the best family cookbooks I've seen in years.
    Diana Henry, Diana Henry

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Claire Thomson

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