Top Bananas! The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet


''Family recipes – tried and tested – win hands down in any tasting competition. This book is an ultimate collection of such winners: reliable, useful and, most importantly, completely delicious." – Yotam Ottolenghi

How to buy it

Here's just a taster of the Top Bananas! recipe book, which is out now. You can order it for £3.50 on Amazon, where we've already bagged ourselves 4.5 stars. And we'd love to hear your thoughts too! Please, please, do review it (if you like it – obvs).*

Buy now and review

Here's how Mumsnet's first cookery book came about…

Over the years Mumsnetters have shared and swapped sure-fire recipes ranging from breakfast to Sunday lunches, and one-pot wonders to party food. Right now we have over 2,900 of their best efforts in our recipes section.

Which got us thinking – wouldn't it be a nice/handy thing to publish a book bringing together the best of them? And so began a two-year project to bring the Mumsnet cookbook Top Bananas! to fruition.


Creating the book

Once we had an idea of the structure of the book – obviously we needed chapters on cooking with kids, genius packed lunch ideas and foolproof fast food recipes – we picked out hundreds of the best-rated recipes on the site and put them out to Mumsnetters for re-testing. Over 300 users helped out, pulling no punches when it came to their results from ''delicious and pleasing to the eye'' to ''a sloppy mess''.

The whittled-down list then made its way to Top Bananas! authors Claire and Lucy McDonald – aka the sisters behind the Crumbs Food blog. They tested every one of the recipes that appear in the book, reworking and rewriting them all. Every recipe was also looked over by a nutritionist, too.

When it came to putting the book together, the recipes had one final once-over by the team responsible for photography. Every dish was cooked from scratch so it could be photographed. So that means every recipe has been tested at least four times. There are probably barely a handful of recipe books on the market right now that have had that level of attention paid to each recipe. When we say tried and tested, we really mean it! Take a sneak peek to see what you'll be getting.

How to make Top Bananas!' three-minute sponge

*Price correct at time of publication