Cook Share Belong: the family-friendly charity cookbook

Cook Share Belong: all proceeds go to the Starlight Children's Foundation.
Cook Share Belong: all proceeds go to the Starlight Children's Foundation. Photo: Supplied

Feeding toddlers can be difficult, but who knew you could solve the what-to-cook dilemma while also raising money for a children's charity?

With already more than $3000 raised for the Starlight Children's Foundation, a Central Coast NSW childcare centre has set out to donate even more with the hard copy release of its family friendly cookbook.

A group of parents from the Wallaby Street Early Learning Centre in Blackwall has launched its first-ever cookbook, Cook Share Belong, with all proceeds going to the much-loved Australian charity.

With 144 pages of tried and tested meals that children will love, the book is available in time for Christmas if you order now.

Favourite recipes include Greek beef stew, Easiest Ever Playdough, Miss Karen's Ninja Juice, cauliflower pizza bases, Polish slaw, quinoa corn chowder, and chicken zucchini nuggets.

As Wallaby Street Early Learning Centre Manager Danielle Leete says, "Children can be difficult eaters! Time and again parents ask us for the recipes of our lunchtime meals that the children eat to their fill, but won't eat when Mum or Dad cooks it at home.

"So we decided to act, and in doing so, came up with a truly amazing book and wonderful keepsake for families."


The book celebrates the centre's garden-to-plate sustainability philosophy, which encourages children to participate in growing food as well as helping to prepare it. The book also details how food scraps are composted and waste recycled.


With parents donating their time and production skills, the project was funded by national parent company Guardian Early Learning Centres as well as local sponsorship and donations.

Copies are available now from the Wallaby Street Early Learning Centre, Blackwall, as well as at Ruby's Café & Bookshop Umina for $35 each, or two for $60.

Contact Wallaby Street Early Learning Centre on 02 4342 4202 for mail order copies.