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Bébé Gourmet: 100 French-Inspired Baby Food Recipes For Raising an Adventurous Eater [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Carenco , Dr. Jean Lalau Keraly
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Book Description

Move over mushy carrots and peas: The French teach their children to appreciate new flavors, ingredients, and textures from the first spoonful. No one knows this better than Jenny Carenco, mother of two and founder of leading French baby food brand Les Menus Bébé.

In Bébé Gourmet, Jenny shares her popular recipes from Carrot and Cumin Purée to Baby Beef Bourguignon, along with cooking tips and organizational tricks to help you awaken your baby’s taste buds and encourage healthy eating habits. Recipes for lunches, dinners, and snacks are organized by the major stages of development: 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and up.

Bébé Gourmet features:
• Dishes inspired by culinary traditions from France and other international cuisines
• Nutritional guidance at each stage from Dr. Jean Lalau Keraly, Pediatric Nutritionist and Endocrinologist
• Quick and easy recipes that take under 30 minutes to prepare (many under 15!)
• “Yummy Tips” on adapting recipes for the whole family.

By preparing satisfying, homemade meals, gradually introducing natural ingredients and seasonings, and passing on the pleasures of eating, you’ll be taking the first steps in raising an adventurous eater for life!

Editorial Reviews


“[Bébé Gourmet features] dozens of extraordinary-sounding recipes. Carenco’s Baby Beef Bourguignon, with its dry ham and caramelized chestnuts, looks like a dream.”
New York Times Magazine

“With just the right touch of French flair, a charming must-read for new parents.”
Karen Le Billon, author of French Kids Eat Everything

“With gusto, and a pinch of inspiration, Bébé Gourmet makes the seasonal ingredients and strong flavors of French cooking accessible for every family.”
Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris

“The genius of Jenny Carenco's recipes for bébé is that they're not only relatively easy to make, but they're delicious and oh-so French.”
Amy Thomas, author of Paris, My Sweet

“These are easy, doable recipes. . . . At every stage, Jenny Carenco offers advice on introducing new foods, tempting reluctant eaters, and introducing bits of flair into otherwise simple meals. Carenco takes away much of the worry and anxiety we may feel about cooking for wee ones, and replaces it with the eager anticipation over what baby food to try next.”

“This is an incredibly varied collection of recipes meant to establish an appreciation for all types of nutritious, healthy foods. Beginning with purees and compotes at age four months and progressing through first lunches, dinners, sweets, and on to big kid meals, the author provides quick, easy-to-make, French-inspired meals using all-natural ingredients.”

“[Jenny] Carenco knows her stuff . . . Her recipes are varied and accessible, many are easy and quick to prepare, even with a toddler underfoot. BΘbΘ Gourmet is a fun and simple way to introduce children to new dishes, tastes and smells, with recipes sure to please even the pickiest little eaters!”

About the Author

Jenny Carenco is the creator of Les Menus Bébé, a leading French brand of flavorful, high quality, and 100–percent natural baby food. Her baby food cookbooks have collectively been translated into five languages. She is a mother of two and a graduate of the prestigious MBA program at HEC, France’s premier business school.

Dr. Jean Lalau Keraly is a pediatric endocrinologist with over twenty years of experience. He consults with the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5245 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment; Reprint edition (May 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLY903G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful everyday recipes, failed recipes for cake October 19, 2013
By H. Ford
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have made many of the recipes in this book for my son, including the early meals of fruit compotes and veggies with rice. I also successfully made the Baby Beef Bourguignon - the entire family thought that dish was delish! I like to be able to make ahead and freeze, and so far all of the dishes have worked out well. This is a great book and gives tons of ideas for making baby food for 6 months - 9 months, big kid meals from 9 months - 1 year, and bigger kid meals/snacks/treats from 1 year and up. I was running out of ideas and never knew boiling bananas was acceptable, the whole house smelled delish and my kid scarfs down the food.

We are quickly approaching my son's 1st birthday. I had such great success with all other recipes in the book, I decided I would make his cake and cupcakes using the Birthday Cake recipe in the book. I would not consider myself a gourmet baker, but I can follow a recipe and have used both "from scratch" and box recipes and had wonderful desserts. I love the idea of using all fresh ingredients in the cake, however there is no way it would ever take 45 minutes for a cake to bake. There is also no way it would take regular size cupcakes, much less mini cupcakes 15 minutes to bake. So, clearly the baking times are off. Also, the ingredients for the cake make no sense. The finished product was flat on top, like a sugar cookie consistency. Also had a very salty finish to it, although I used NO SALT. The birthday cake icing would never form correctly, and I realized because a teaspoon of sugar is not going to make that much whipping cream rise ever. I added more sugar and now have a delicious bowl of icing with no cake to go with it. Luckily there is a lovely grocery store around the corner that can whip up a cake and 24 cupcakes in time for his big birthday tomorrow.

So, YES by all means buy the book and explore the wonderful dishes and compotes. But avoid making the cake - just no!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! May 7, 2013
By Kandace
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I pre-ordered this book after reading "French Kids Eat Everything". It is very important to my husband and I that we raise an adventurous eater. Our daughter is seven months old and I have been making her meals at home. I felt I could make a larger variety of foods than the prepackaged foods. However, I was surprised by the variety of prepackaged foods and realized I had to step up my game to create more dynamic meals. This book is exactly what I needed! It has recipes from first foods to adults. I really enjoy the excerpts for each age milestone which includes helpful guides for educating children about enjoying a different variety of foods. It also includes excerpts from a pediatric nutritionist and endocrinologist, Dr. Jean Lalau Keraly. This book helps answer many of the questions my husband and I had about feeding our daughter. We also have made many of the recipes for up to our daughters age. They are delicious and easy to make and freeze. We have also enjoyed making our dinner with the same ingredients that is in our daughters meal plus a few things that each recipes' tips recommends. Its a new way of cooking for us and we have really enjoyed it. My daughter also loves the recipes as she heartily eats each one! I'm looking forward to the recipes for older babies which are cleverly written to give several different options for each meal base, like pasta or risotto. This book is beautiful and easy to use to make simple, delicious and creative meals for the whole family.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is my first time reviewing a book on Amazon and I felt I needed to because of how great this book is. I really like the point of view from the nutritionist and the author so you know both sides of feeding your child, a mom and an expert. The recipes are so easy to follow and freeze and I love how after each recipe there are few variations of how to make it a little more adventurous or how to convert it into a meal for someone a bit older.

The pictures are great and very clear. I refer to this book all the time, I am still in the first few chapters as my daughter is only 6 months old, but I look forward to the next stage. This book gives me a lot of confidence as a first time parent wanting to raise an adventurous eater. I have too many friends where their babys only eat one thing or they don't like this texture or that, and I really didn't want to head down that road. I want our daughter to eat with us at the table and eat what we are eating, I remember eating what my parents were eating when I was little and I wanted to be able to do the same for our girl.

I think it is very important to read the intro's to each chapter instead of just the recipes. The author really explains how ready a baby is for foods that we wouldn't think would be a great first food like Mango and some fresh herbs. I just wish there was another book with more recipes!

I bought this book after reading Bringing up Bebe and as long as you take ALL parenting books and advice with a grain of salt I think both my daughter and my husband and I have benefited greatly from a lot of the French parenting tips and now recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby food that has flavor! Shocking! June 29, 2013
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We own several baby food cookbooks but use this one constantly. Recipes are easy to follow and offer a great variety of options for parents who want to cultivate a good eater.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would make great baby shower gift July 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Trying to figure out what to feed your little baby those first few months of "real" food can be daunting. Everyone is talking about health. Making your own baby food sounds intimidating and confusing. This is what inspired the author to write this book. After considerable research and trial and error, she wrote down her favorite recipes. Getting your child to eat more than mashed bananas and macaroni is a plus in our diverse culture.

I was really impressed with this book. The recipes begin with very basic and simple purees that can be made at home for the first few months. The recipes graduate up to regular table food. The author uses unusual foods that aren't typically thought of as baby food, but I read the entire book and all of them can be easily purchased at my local grocery store. The recipes are also very simple and easy to make. At the end of the book is a list of foods and their benefits and also some questions and answers from the author and a pediatric nutritionist. My one and only complaint was that the pictures inside the book were in black and white. I felt that the book would have really stood out if the pictures had been in color. But it certainly doesn't detract from the usefulness of the book, so don't let this deter you when considering a purchase. I wish I'd had this book when my son was born.

I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.

*Update: I have noticed since posting this review, that I had an advanced reader copy. The actual book will have color pictures. So that removes my one and only complaint. Great book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious baby, toddler, and parent approved recipes
My baby, now a toddler, loves every recipe I've made from this book. The chicken with broccoli & basmati rice and the pasta with ham & peas recipes are her 2 favorite recipes that... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Aj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for introducing diversity
Such a great book! Have just started using it, some of the recipes are very simple but gives you ideas on what you can do with simple fruits and vegetables. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amateur Chef, Traveler, Healer
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby says yum!
I bought this book for my daughter when she was pregnant with my now one year old granddaughter. Baby was born with a lot of allergies and so breast milk was all she had until... Read more
Published 1 month ago by yinekka
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable!
I was pretty flummoxed when it came to what to feed my daughter when we started food. Between my mom's old fashioned insistence that we feel her rice cereal and a baby led weaning... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Well described, well organized, i love it
I got a newborn at home and kept reading here and there that it is possible to start feeding him something else than milk at 4 Month, and then 6 Month. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adri
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Baby Shower Gift
This is one of my favorite baby gifts that I received. I use it weekly to make simple meals for my little one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Appetite!
The recipient loves this book. Her husband is a picky eater and she wants to make sure her baby grows up liking more diverse foods. Read more
Published 3 months ago by elle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the book. My Bible in baby feeding.
Published 4 months ago by GenieO
5.0 out of 5 stars These recipes are easy and very accessible
I'm still trying out recipes in this cookbook, but I'm especially impressed with the information about various foods as it relates to babies digestive health. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Courtney
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it early on
I wish I would have bought this before baby was out of the puree stage, as there are a TON of great ideas for purees in here.
Published 7 months ago by gabbyh22
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