EAFOL16 blogger and moderator Rebecca writes about Annabel Karmel’s session
As a moderator, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature brings certain joys and up there is sharing a stage with a household name like Annabel Karmel. An international author of family recipe books, 41 and counting, and a successful business woman with a 10 million pound business and TV show, Annabel is a true powerhouse.
The personal story of how she wrote her first book is humbling, in part therapy following the death of her first child and the challenge of feeding her second. She compiled recipes she had shared with other mums and after a particularly challenging time writing and seeking a publisher, the New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner was published and went on to sell over 4 million copies.
Annabel had advice for everyone in the room from how to wean babies off breast milk to what types of food to feed toddlers and empowering children in the kitchen. As a childfree woman, I found the session immensely informative in terms of her tips for saving time preparing dishes, something every busy person can benefit from.
Annabel’s business acumen will be more visible in the region once her halal baby food comes to the UAE in the near future. In the meantime, I recommend any busy parent looking for tips on what to feed their children to check out her website www.annabelkarmel.com