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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 3rd printing edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416599185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416599180
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While living in San Francisco, a city so rich in culinary culture, I wondered why so many children were eating strange colored, mass produced food from a jar. I thought it was a shame that a child's first bite would hardly resemble the real food their parents were enjoying. And that so many children are filling up on processed foods and ingesting harmful chemicals and pesticides. That's why I started Petit Appetit, a culinary service devoted to the palates and health of infants and children. I teach parents to provide fresh, healthy, organic foods to their children through private in-home cooking classes, mothers' groups cooking demonstrations, parent resource workshops and lectures throughout Northern California. I am proud to be the author of The Petit Appetit Cookbook and Petit Appetit Eat, Drink and Be Merry, as I am able to reach many parents beyond my classes and empower them to make and enjoy healthy meals with their families. I authored the recipes to Cooking for Baby by Williams-Sonoma, and also contribute writings, recipes and blogs to various online parenting websites (iVillage, Organic To Be, Chic Blvd) and regional mother's group newsletters. I am on the board of directors of Leah's Pantry, a nonprofit organization that provides interactive, activity-based nutrition workshops to families, kids, and seniors living in transitional housing shelters and affordable housing communities all over California.

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157 of 160 people found the following review helpful By jcs on March 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book has great recipes, and it's well written. What I like the most about this book is that it starts simple with one-ingredient purees, and gradually introduces recipes that have more texture and use the same ingredients that the baby has already had. Before each section of the book (e.g., 6 months, 7-8 months, 9-11 months, etc), there is some good information about food choices, textures, quantities, and similar, that I found useful... I have read many baby food books, and I believe that this one is one of the better ones. Highly recommend it.
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Gamer091 on November 11, 2009
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I bought this book since I was planning to cook at home for my daughter and I needed some ideas. This book is excellent for the following reasons:

- Separates food introduction by ages:
6 months
7-8 months
9-11 months
12-18 months

- Recipes are simple to follow(believe me I am not an expert on cooking and I was able to make it) and above all they are healthy.

- Tips on food introduction, finger foods and alerts on possible food allergies.

The recipes are really yummy and I even tried some of the recipes myself.
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly C. Hopkins on July 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book should be given to all new parents! Excellent organization according to baby age, easy-to-read format, beautiful photos. Includes great lists such as what foods are easiest for baby to digest, which foods might cause gas, and which foods are best introduced when baby is a bit older. Great tips on storing and freezing food. Love that each recipe has side notes about specific foods. This is the best common-sense, organic, healthy approach to feeding your child...don't hesitate to buy it!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Brock on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a gift, as well as 'Top 100 Baby Purees' by Annabel Karmel. If you are considering purchasing one of these two titles, I really like the 'Cooking for Baby' cookbook - visually, it's very appealing, and the recipes are simple - something I, as the mother of a 6-month-old, appreciate.

I prefer this title over the other I mentioned as these recipes stay away from adding butter and milk to baby's dishes, whereas 'Top 100' uses these additives.

Thus far, I've only made a couple of the vegetable purees (and really, it's not these early recipes that make the book as it's pretty basic, common sense stuff) but am looking forward to making some of the dishes in the 7-to-8-month and beyond sections.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By TatyanaR on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has lots of pretty pictures but thats not what i need, i need a recipe book with lots of yummy recipes for my daughter, this book was a disappointment. It only had a few good recipes and everything else was pretty standard that you would already know to do your self. Mash bananas, puree apples etc.. I wanted recipes that were like something i would eat myself. I ended up ordereing a different book top 100 baby purees by annabel karmel and i LOVE that book! Much better. If you are deciding what recipe book to get, id go with that one instead.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Garfield on October 19, 2009
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This book makes recommendations for when to introduce specific new foods for baby, I've found it very helpful... even inspirational for developing my baby's food palatte!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2009
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My favorite thing is that it breaks the recipes down by age. Many of the other books just have all the recipes lumped together. Simple, clear, quick, and full of good info.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on November 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift and was successful with the purees in the 6 month section. I enjoyed how the book was laid out by age, and that all of the recipes involve high quality, nutrition packed ingredients. However, as the book got further along, the recipes got much more time consuming, and some required specialty ingredients. Some recipes just didn't work for me at all, the most frustrating of which was a recipe for Lentil Burgers. The recipe took an hour to complete from start to finish (not at all practical when you have a toddler running around getting more and more hungry), and didn't turn out at all like the book said it would. Their dried apricot and dried prune puree was pretty ridiculous. First of all, why dry a fruit, when you then just have to soak it to rehydrate it? If it's not apricot season, there are some delicious organic canned options. The dried fruits left a super sticky, very thick puree that even after adding a ton of water was so sticky that I was afraid my 7 month old wouldn't be able to swallow it.

All in all, this book has the right idea - I just didn't find the recipes practical or easy to make.
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