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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; New Expanded Ed edition (May 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075660365X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756603656
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Annabel Karmel's experience with her own children inspired her to research the interaction of food, diet, and young children. A trained Cordon Bleu chef and the author of several bestselling books, including Superfoods for Babies and Children, Karmel contributes to a variety of newspapers and magazines, and appears regularly on television.

Customer Reviews

Great, easy, tasty recipes.
Darren's Mom
All in all, this book is wonderful for mothers who want to make delicious, healthy good food for their children and families.
Dawn M. Eagleson
There is a wide variety of recipes for all ages.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Denver Stacy on February 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It has beautiful pictures and easy to follow instructions. It also contains valuable information that other books leave out, such as which recipes are suitable for freezing, how to modify recipes with different ingredients, and how long to store foods in the refrigerator and freezer.

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?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gypsy-spirit mother VINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
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I love this cookbook. I love cooking, though, and often prepare elaborate meals for my husband and I. I do not feel that 20 minutes of work to make nutritionally dense food for my 8 mo. old is excessive. (She'll eat what I cook for two days so it's only 20 min. every two days)

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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Olson on January 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I wouldn't buy this book if your child is past the pureed baby food stage. Much of the book is dedicated to that stage and the recipes for older babies and toddlers just aren't enough to make it worth the money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By carrie on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I used this cookbook for my first child and I loved the diversity of the menu!! I am just now beginning to use it again for my second and I love it even more!! The recipes are easy to follow, many options are given to make certain recipes a little different, and the combinations of food for the liitlest babies are unique. I never would have thought to put vegetables with fruit(i.e. mixing sweet potatoes with applesauce!)But both my kids love it!! Great Book!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Becht on April 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an attractive book that offers inspired fare for young eaters. A variety of foods are introduced. The photographs are clear and helpful. The recipes that I have tried are tasty.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Gill on August 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While the recipes for the youngest babies are fine (well, it's not exactly hard to puree a couple of pears!), as the book goes on its recipes become ever more sophisticated and time-consuming. There are meals in here that require more ingredients and preparation time than I would invest in an adult dinner party! And at least your dinner party guests will actually appreciate your offerings instead of point blank refusing to touch them, as has happened on more than one occasion when I've ill-advisedly summoned the effort and time commitment to slog away at one of Ms. Karmel's gourmet creations.

The book is certainly very pretty, as all the Dorling Kindersley publications are. As to whether it is actually useful... unless you are prepared to commit substantial amounts of time and effort into preparing your children's meals, only to find that they may well reject them anyway, I would go with something a little less challenging.
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