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First Meals Revised: Fast, healthy, and fun foods to tempt infants and toddlers Hardcover – May 3, 2004
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The meals are delicious (I've tried them) and easy to make. They do call for some ingredients that are probably more mainstream in England (where the author is from), such as parsnips and rutabega, but I've either been able to find the ingredients or just left them out.
I agree with one reviewer, that once your child is starting to eat regular table foods, this book might be overkill. But it's wonderful up to about 10 months or so. To address some other reviews -- if you're looking for a book that tells you to "steam carrots in the microwave with a little water then mash them with a fork," why do you need a cookbook?
When she started eating more solid foods, she refused to eat plain steamed vegetables (pureed or not) and jar food. She put up such a fuss & refused to eat anything else besides fruit, string cheese or puffs. Not an optimal diet for a growing child. Naturally I was concerned because she used to eat a plethora of pureed foods (most were recipes from this book). I went back to the book to get recipes for 9 mos & up and it worked. She eats vegetables & anything else again. The recipes from this book are actually palatable to her. She loves to eat the food I make for her!
As somebody who's done a masters in nutrition, I feel pleased with the diet I feed my child when I use recipes from this book. Yellow vegetables and cheese are so good for your growing baby. (There is a slight lack of green vegetables in the recipe but that is probably because they are less palatable; I often add mashed sweet peas to the recipes.) There is a previous review, however, that correctly mentions that fresh strawberries or eggs should not be fed to your child until he/she is one and there is a pureed strawberry recipe in this book. That's not approved by American pediatricians. Everything else, though, I have found to be good, sound advice.
I highly recommend preparing your infant's food over jarred baby food and I highly recommend this book for that process. It is a little time-intensive but you don't have to cook every day. If you make extras, most of the foods are freezer-suitable even.Read more ›
The recipes are fairly simple. She does have some foods common to England, but I found making substitutions to be easy. The foods/recipes are nutritious and yet appealing to our daughter. She has loved each of the recipes thus far, with the exception of one... this had fish and this was her first time to try fish. Nevertheless, we will keep trying and I believe she will be liking this dish soon as well.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to provide nutritious, wholesome foods to their child/children. Loving to cook helps as well!
However, the author is ignorant of what types of foods may be safely served to young babies. She ignores medical advice and suggests feeding berries, eggs, tomatoes, fish, leeks, mangoes, cinnamon, cheese, yogurt, onions, spinach, and garlic to babies eight months of age and younger. She adds wheat, miniature meatballs, and raw vegetables for babies nine to twelve months of age, ignoring the respective allergy and choking hazards. While her recipes are appealing, I think the age categories should be treated with skepticism by any parent concerned with following current guidelines. The author even advocates peanut butter for babies as young as a year.
I am serving some of the 6-month recipes to my nine-month old. This book is helpful but must be read very critically, as the author's timeline for introducing foods is unsafe, unscientific, and flouts medical guidelines. The section on allergies is cursory and slapdash. This author is too uninformed to trust.
This is a good book for a parent who is positive that their child does not have, or is not at risk for, food allergies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son really enjoys many of these recipes, they are not too hard and we usually have the ingredients around. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Erica B
Wish this had been available when I was a new mother 100 years ago! Have gifted two of these to new mothers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aoife Murphy
Love this cookbook. I used it extensively with my kids and now it is a favorite gift to give to new moms. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karen
We got this book first from a friend to look at few recipes. After using it few times we decided to buy the book at amazon. We all love the recipes and use it regularly.