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Press Images for The After School Cookbook

I’m very much looking forward to the publication of The After School Cookbook by friend and author Nick Coffer this Thursday 5th June 2014. Firstly, because this is Nick’s second book, following on from the huge success of his first book My Daddy Cooks, which means I have a brand new stash of family-friendly, super easy recipes to try. Secondly, because I was asked by Nick’s publishers Hodder and Stoughton to take some press and publicity images for the book which are now finding themselves across the media. Yesterday began with a front page spread in EAT (Metro supplement) with a double page feature (pages 34 & 35) of a couple of recipes from the book, with some of my photos to illustrate – a very proud moment for me! It was a great project to work on and from the minute I received my copy of the book I was eager to get stuck into cooking some of the recipes and to start photographing them.

After School Cookbook Press Images by Ren Behan for Hodder & Stoughton
The After School Cook Book Press Images by Ren Behan for Hodder & Stoughton


The recipes from the book that I cooked and photographed (above) were –

  1. Italian Eggy Bread Croque-Monsieur
  2. Cheddar, Parma Ham and Courgette Scones
  3. Pork Chilli Con Carne (pages splashed already!)
  4. Tuna, Carrot and Courgette Salad (MY new favourite lunch, never mind the kids!)
  5. Salmon Courgette and Tomato Linguine
  6. Chicken and Olive Pasta Bake
  7. Cheese and Sweetcorn Pudding
  8. Absolutely Instant Chocolate Mousse

There are a stack more that I can’t wait to cook and so far, every single recipe I’ve made worked first time and has been woolfed down by my family.

After School CookBook

Nick first came to the public’s attention through his video blog called MyDaddyCooks.com in 2009, which led him to his first cookbook deal. Since then, he’s been busy on BBC Three Counties Radio, presenting his Saturday Weekend Kitchen show as well as his five-day-a-week afternoon slot. There’s also recently been a brand new addition to the family, another baby boy, which means that mealtimes really do need to be made as easy as possible to pull off for Nick and his wife, Jo.

The After School Cookbook is really a handy manual for parents, not only of school-aged kids, but of toddlers and older children, too. All of the recipes are suitable for the whole family and there are some very clever recipes and chapters including Mind the Gap – to bridge the gap between home time and dinner time, Inspired Lunch Boxes, Genius Treats and Saving Your Bacon – frugal recipes packed with flavour. Nick shares his tips for cooking with children, with symbols by each recipe to indicate whether the recipe is ‘Very Very Easy,’ –  ‘Very Easy,’ or ‘Easy’ and in terms of timing, ‘Really Really Quick,’ ‘Really Quick,’ ‘Quick’ or ‘Slow’.

The book itself is text only – meaning that it is practical enough for the kitchen with inevitable splashes and stains. Nick’s trademark ‘quick-to-throw-together’ style means that you can make many of the recipes with ease when you are short of time. Nick’s six-year-old son Archie and three-year-old daughter Matlida can very often be found getting stuck in with the cooking. As many of us know only too well, after school patience levels and concentration levels can be a challenge, so the food that makes it to the table needs to be quick and easy yet nutritious, too.

For more updates on the book, you can follow Nick on Twitter @NickCoffer and don’t forget to look out for more press features and recipes to try!

The After School Cookbook By Nick Coffer
120 quick, easy and affordable recipes for your hungry kids
Published: Thursday 5 June 2014
Hodder & Stoughton Trade Paperback & eBook £16.99


Press & publicity recipe photographs taken by Ren Behan commissioned by Hodder & Stoughton.

Amazon affiliate link included. 

With thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for the commission and to Nick Coffer for writing such a lovely book!


Hodder and Stoughton have also kindly provided three copies of the book to giveaway to my readers –


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  1. That looks like a great book for nice variations on family meals. Love the bright cheery cover too.

  2. Fantastic job, Ren! So proud of you. You have developed your talent so very quickly and with a wonderful elegant style. Not that you weren’t always a good snapper, but you know what I mean 😉 I shan’t enter the contest (seeing as my daughter is now 18!) but I just wanted to say how fab your involvement in Nick’s books is. *cheesing*

  3. Fantastic news Ren, what a brilliant job you have done! Even better that you got great coverage in the press. I think you will be getting more commissions coming your way.

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Laura, really appreciate your support

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