68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2010
I just received my copy a few days ago, but I have already cooked several of the recipes and they are easy and delicious. As a working mom I was not sure how to fit in making healthy meals for my baby, but this book is full of great tips and ideas. I especially like the background information on why different ingredients are important for my daughter and how they will help her grow healthier every day. I read alot of cookbooks, but this is one I know I will actually USE again and again. On a "sentimental" note, there is a feedback chart in the back listing every recipe, where I can rate them, date them and comment on whether I would make them again - this is a really fun feature that I wish my other cookbooks had. I look forward to passing this to my daughter someday so she can see what her favorite foods were and maybe even make them for her children!
67 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
A book titled "The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet" is just asking to be mocked, especially if it doesn't deliver on that title! And this one doesn't. A better title would have been "Really Obvious Things to Feed a Baby." Calling it a cookbook is a crime against cookbooks! I suppose if a person had no idea what to feed a baby or had never seen food being cooked, then this might help. But I have a hard time accepting one ingredient and the instruction to puree it as a recipe. Giving it a cutesy (though usually meaningless and not very clever) title does not make it a recipe.
Furthermore, the beginning of the book talks about the most healthy ways to cook foods, such as steaming veggies & fruit, then calls for boiling in nearly every "recipe" that follows! Seriously? Not to mention the fact that often there are no instructions at all for how best to cook a meat in a recipe. Often it will just say "4 oz cooked chicken." OK, thanks for that.
I've had this book for months, and have yet to make a single thing from it. Periodically, as my son gets older and his tastes change, I go back to it hoping to find inspiration and am always disappointed. Today the final straw was a "recipe" that called for microwaving leftover rice and veggies and mixing them together. That's it. Just mix them and serve. Well, DUH!!!
To be fair, the book is written by an RN & a nutritionist, so there is some helpful reference information about portions, food sensitivities, age-specific dietary needs, etc., but it's not worth the price of the book. There are much better recipes available on the many helpful and interesting websites devoted to making baby and toddler meals. Save your money and search them out.
336 of 410 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2012
I'm not an obsessive everything-my-baby-touches-must-be-all-natural-and-organic kind of mom, but I want to do the best I can for her diet. I thought this book would be a little more hippie natural, from which I planned to extract what I could... but it's actually kind of lame, sorry to say. I mean, the first preparation option they give you is to use the microwave. No where in the book do they discuss why it's best to NOT use a microwave. They don't opt for steaming the foods either, which is much better than boiling since they even point out the problem with losing nutrients in the water. Oh and one of the first recipes was to mash a banana up with butter. BUTTER. Motherloving butter!?!?! Also, reading their description of milk vs. soy milk made me laugh. How the heck are these people dietitians? So, after I dislodged my eyes from the inside tops of my eye sockets after rolling them so hard, I closed the book and put it away never to be opened again.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2011
Recipe titles are so cute, like "Zoom Zoom Zucchini" or "Wee-licious Potato" or "Orange You Cute Carrots and Sweet Potato", but the recipes themselves are not impressive at all. Boil the ingredient(s), mash it, and mix with liquid (water, breast milk, formula, or apple juice). That's it.
There are also many many fruits puree recipes, which are just peel, pit, and puree the fruits. To me, that should not be called a recipe.
Nutrition facts are hard to read. I wish they were listed vertically so that one can compare with different recipes.
Overall impression of the book is, "very sweet", both in graphic/editing and in recipes. The former is good, the latter, not so.
27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2010
The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet is a great help for my wife and I... we are the parents of a one-year-old and we are always looking for new and different healthy options to introduce her to new foods and are always looking to change things up for her. We love that they have alot of quick microwave options for weeekday meals. Being able to freeze alot of the chocies is also great. We wish we had had this book months ago when we started our daughter on solids. Her favorites are the Fruity Rainbow Breakfast, White Beans with Creamy, Dreamy Spinach and the Black Beans, Avocacado and Yogurt... it's a great book for all babies and toddlers and the recipes are presented simply enough for any daddy chef like me!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
This book has received some comments from people who didn't feel it provided enough "recipes" for them. That may be true for some, but the vast majority of new moms I know either don't have time to fiddle with complicated recipes, or don't have the energy. For them, this book shows how easy it really is to feed your baby healthy, homemade/home-produced foods.
Not everyone has a home garden and can harvest their own organic produce, not everyone wants to take a whole pumpkin and spend hours cooking it, scooping out the flesh, pureeing it (I would imagine that canned, plain pumpkin is what most people will want to deal with/have access to), not everyone has the interest or ability or energy to devote large chunks of time to doing what some people think is the "right" thing to do for childrens' nutrition and health (i.e. get as far back to the good ol' days as humanly possible). For many people, the "right" thing to do is to do their best for their child given the time and resources they have available. We're all different, but every mom I know is doing her best for her kid/s. Even considering making homemade baby food is a step in the "right" direction, in my opinion! Just because one cannot go "whole hog" and do absolutely every little thing from scratch doesn't mean they aren't doing their child a good turn by doing SOMETHING. I applaud the authors for showing that taking some simple foods and altering their texture can indeed a valuable contribution to a baby's nutrition!
What's more, lots of folks don't have a lot of kitchen experience--let's face it. And yet, even these people can make their child nutritious, homemade baby food and feel good about themselves and what they're doing for their child. Since when does feeding a baby have to provide the child with a gourmet experience?!!! Babies like simple foods and frankly, don't need anything more than simple, nutritious foods.
I guess my bottom line comment is that, for the person who has no clue if making homemade baby food is even possible for them, this book is encouraging. It's supportive. It's entertaining and fun to read. It's also informative. Nobody needs to be intimidated when trying to feed their child.
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2011
I bought this book because it had glowing reviews here on Amazon. Our 5.5 month old daughter will be starting solids at 6 months and we plan to make all of her baby food. Her daycare center is more than willing to feed homemade baby food, so we will be ready to roll in just a few weeks.
I liked very much that the book is broken down into recipes based on age. So many parents aren't sure what to feed their babies and when, and this lays it out in a very easy-to-understand way. The "snowflake" symbol for freezer-suitable recipes is also extremely helpful for planning purposes. The recipes look and sound appetizing and fun to make, especially the toddler foods!
I disliked the lack of emphasis on breastfeeding and how best to introduce solids to the breastfed baby. In the introduction when readiness for solids is discussed, the authors state that the baby should be consuming more than 32 ounces of breast milk or formula per day. However the most recent studies indicate that the typical breastfed baby between 1-6 months of age consumes an average of 25 ounces of breast milk per day, so for many babies giving 32 ounces of breast milk would be over-feeding. A nursing mother has no idea of exactly how much milk her child is consuming at a feeding, and pumping is not a good indicator of how much milk a baby is drinking when nursing at the breast (since the baby is more efficient than a pump). A quantitative guideline like this is not good for nursing mothers. I understand that giving volumes of formula is important to ensure that formula fed babies have sufficient nutrition, but breast milk is not the same as formula and it should not be treated as such - especially by a registered dietitian!
Overall I really like the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
This is not the cookbook for those moms looking to use only whole foods for their babies. There are studies that show babies dont have the necessary enzyme to break down grains until 12 mos which is used throughout until 12 mos (rice cereal). Also, the titles ays "know what goes into every bite". Really?! How is using processed foods in your recipes knowing what goes into every bite? For example: "healthy finger foods for your baby on page 95; cooked noodles, graham crackers, pancakes, tofu (GMO, SOY), cereal...all processed foods. Also, astounding is the toddler tuna casserole using CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP!!!!!! Seriously?! How processed can you get?
I think this book is for those who are just beginning the wholefoods journey and wanting to introduce them to their babies. Their recipes is much better than the alternatives; however, it is a little misleading.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2014
So you may disregard this review being that there is such a disparity between 5 star and 1 star reviews, but I implore you to read all the reviews and make your decision based holistically rather than just reading "stellar" reviews.
Just a few points that need to be made
1. Right in the beginning the author, who sadly is an RN makes note that breastfed babies have a greater need to eat solids once they reach six months of age because there is not sufficient iron in mom's breast milk.
***iron BEGINS to DECLINE in breast milk about when the child reaches six months of age. The child still obtains iron in the breast milk however it just starts to diminish. In fact studies have been done proving that there is higher bioavailability in human milk after the child reaches six months of age than in solid foods. That means that iron is better and more efficiently absorbed in breast milk than in another other food!!
2. Juice. It suggests to offer your child...your child who is less than a year old... Juice! Whether it is watered down or not...it's juice!! Juice offers NO nutritional value whatsoever to your child. It, sugar,confuses and seduces the appetite since sweetened foods tend to satisfy hunger and displace healthy foods. Why, why would you want to feed your child this? Funny enough in book it cautions parents to not leave juice in a bottle because your child can fall asleep with in and in turn over time have cavities because it is sugar laden... Ok so if it is sugar laden why would you want to feed this to your child!? This is unbelievable coming from an RN.
3. Lastly, which I'm sure I'd come up with other points, but I stopped reading the book once I came to this...butter. It is suggested to mix a vegetable with butter. Again butter is a fat that does not need to be introduced to your little one.
I would steer clear of this book. Honestly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2011
So I bought this book to use along with the Magic baby Bullet system. Love it! I get that some reviewers didn't like the simple recipes for fruit and veggie blends, but give me a break if you bought the book thinking it wouldn't have those in it then you are silly. The authors start with simple easy recipes for babies just starting food and for moms making baby food for the first time. Then it progresses to more intricate and flavorful recipes for older babies. A super plus for me was the fact that they give you microwave directions for cooking fruits and veggies. It makes the whole process very fast and easy. I would so recommend this book to any mom.