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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; 3rd edition (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157061525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570615252
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a great educational resource for a unique approach on cooking for your family. Lair, once a nutrition counselor, walks you through her simple recipes that every member of your family will enjoy, as well, provides nutritional information for healthy eating. In every recipe, she offers suggestions on how to prepare the dish so that younger children can enjoy the meal with a quick alternative to the parents more sophisticated version. The recipes are creatively written, with beautiful illustrations." 
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About the Author

Cynthia Lair's work has appeared in national magazines including Mothering. A popular teacher of cooking classes at Sur Le Table and elsewhere, she lives in Seattle. Peggy O'Mara lives in TK.

More About the Author

Cynthia Lair is an Assistant Professor for Bastyr University's School of Nutrition and Exercise Science where she also directs their BS in Nutrition and Culinary Arts program. Find her on video in the on-line cooking show Cookus Interruptus: how to cook fresh, local, seasonal whole foods despite life's interruptions.

Watch her TEDx Rainier talk "How to Cut an Onion" on YouTube.

Ms. Lair has been an invited speaker at the Vancouver Wellness Show, Aegis, Starbuck's Vivecorp Program, Asante Health Systems, La Leche League conventions and the 2015 Nutrition & Health Conference (Arizona). She has taught whole foods cooking classes at the Puget Consumer's Coop, Sur La Table, Evergreen Hospital, Pike Place Market and many other venues. Latest schedule: cynthialair.com.

Her popular cookbook, Feeding the Whole Family and has sold over 80,000 copies. A fun new edition of her second book, Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players and Parents was released in 2012. Shambhala Publications will introduce her latest - The Present Moment Cookbook - in Fall 2015.

Customer Reviews

Definitely one of my Favorite cookbooks!
Surfwater Books
Every mother of a baby needs to read "Including Baby" and keep going through the book to learn about rearing healthy children and feeding a family appropriately.
'MaryLou Cheatham
The recipes I have tried have been simple to make and taste delicious.
shellebelle

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Leenie on March 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have the first edition of this cookbook and it rates up there with my 5 most used cookbooks. I have bought multiple copies and given them as gifts to friends and family members. I cook primarily whole foods for my family, which in common terms means that I cook from scratch about 18-20 of our 21 weekly meals. Many of these recipes can be made quickly (30 minutes) with some planning.

The author gives wonderful advice for cooking beans, basic recipes for various grains and family favorite sauces. Most of the soup recipes are staples in our house. The introduction of 'new' and different grains...millet, quinoa, buckwheat...is a great way to add variety to your family's diet and most are quick and easy to make. Our culture eats far too much wheat and making some wheat-free meals is a welcome change in most families.

If I had just 1 box of books I could keep, this would be one of the books I would be sure made its way into the box.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
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I love the ideas in this cookbook, which focuses on whole foods the entire family will enjoy. It's clear and sensible, and includes a couple hundred pages of recipes.

What makes a whole food? Author Cynthia Lair writes that the best way to determine whether a food is whole or not is to ask these questions:
* Can I imagine it growing? (It's tough to imagine a field of marshmallows.)
* How many ingredients does it have? (It should have only one: apple, wild rice, salmon.)
* What's been done to the food since it was harvested? (The less, the better.)
* Is this product part of a food or the whole entity? (Only the juice? It's not whole.)
* How long has this food been known to nourish human beings? (Probably centuries.)

The recipes are helpful. Most include instructions on how to alter their dishes to make them appropriate for babies.

The chapters are:
1) Wholesome Family Eating
* What do we mean by wholesome?
* Shopping for sustenance
* Sharing a nourishing meal
* Setting the table, setting the scene
2) Including Baby
* Start with the best, the breast
* Starting solids
* Food allergies and intolerances
* Expanding the diet of the older baby
3) Raising Healthy Eaters
* Parents as role models
* Setting boundaries
* What should I give my child to drink?
* Involving your children in the kitchen
* Presenting food so it appeals to young children
* "My child won't eat vegetables"
4) Basic Grain and Bean Cookery
5) Bustling Breakfasts
6) Lively Lunch Boxes
7) Soothing Soups
8) Substantial Suppers
9) Got Color?
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By shellebelle on May 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have had this book on my wish list for ages but couldn't justify another whole foods cookbook. I decided to try it after it was updated and after reading the authors essay on how we create picky eaters, I am glad I did. The recipes I have tried have been simple to make and taste delicious.The ingredients called for are easily found. I especially liked the lunch section as I struggle with packing my son a lunch. The book also has a nice section on nutrition that is helpful and informative for those new to whole foods cooking. I recommend this book to anyone looking for delicious meals for their families.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RB on January 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
A little bit of background: I'm a middle-aged, martini-swilling, cigar-puffing, steak-chomping foodie who had long dismissed vegetarian and 'healthy' cuisine as the province of annoying, self-righteous, Birkenstock-wearing, humorless 'food nazis'. Unfortunately, I'm getting to the age where I'm starting to pay the price for my Falstaffian appetites. My wife seems to love me more than my life insurance policy, so she gave me this book. I love to cook, and before this, my only foray into 'healthy' cuisine was a 'healthy cuisine' cookbook by Graham Kerr (of the "Galloping Gourmet" fame). That was a disaster, with recipes that made unadorned rice cakes look flavorful by comparison.

"Feeding the Whole Family" is nothing short of a miracle! Ms. Lair's recipes have delightfully complex flavor profiles, and are hearty, while being low-fat, and often meat-free! You owe it to yourself to check out such gems as the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Red Bean & Quinoa Chili, and the Nut Burger. Both your palate AND your heart will thank you!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre M. on May 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book (with the old purple cover -- Feeding the Whole Family: Whole Foods Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents) when my girls were babies. They're now 11 and 9, and we still go back to it for certain beloved recipes, especially the beet salad, the one with the greens -- the only way my family can really enjoy beets, and we really enjoy this salad. It is one of the few family cookbooks that has healthy recipes my children actually liked (they like a lot of healthy food, but many family cookbooks have a lot of fat, meat, white flour, and sweets, and feel the need to disguise vegetables). I took the ideas on breaking down a meal to feed parents, toddlers, and infants, and applied them to other foods. I highly recommend this book -- I'm back here because I'm considering getting some copies for family members with young children.
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