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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK; New Expanded Ed edition (May 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075660365X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756603656
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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10 of 10 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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11 of 12 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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17 of 20 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I luv my bean! on December 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book came highly recommended from friends and my pediatrician. Upon inspection of the book I was more than pleased. The directions are simple, pictures are wonderful, and recipes are easy for a busy mom. It contains valuable nutritional info along with do's and don'ts for each stage of a child's development. My 5-month-old has just started solids and this book has been a huge help.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By birdmom on April 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book isn't for everyone, but is WONDERFUL for our little girl and our family. My husband and I are determined to raise our daughter eating a WIDE variety of healthy foods... not a picky eater like so many children today.

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!
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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Suzi on July 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to me as a gift, and as an extremely busy and exhausted mom with 2 infants, I was immediately put off with the images of the food prepared. Here's a list of what most busy moms do not have time for:

* Bread cut out with cookie cutters omitting crust
* Hard vegetables and cheeses cut out with cookie cutters
* Julienned vegetables made for wiskers and tails for animal shapes
* Faces and feet added to multiple dishes using fresh vegetables, etc.
* Toothpicks added to Jell-O Boats with triangular wax paper (what mom gives their toddlers toothpicks?). Text says put on child's plate, then remove the toothpick sail. Please, what a waste of time and kids do not like things given and then taken away immediately.

This author, who appears to have written quite a few books, doesn't seem to know pediatric standards on when to introduce certain foods to babies. Many of the dishes for under 12 months include cow's milk, citrus, strawberries, orange juice, etc, that are known to cause terrible allergic reactions in kids and can cause a lifetime allergic condition if introduced too early.

For example:
* Pediatricians advise no cow's milk until 12 months of age, but many recipes are in the book calling for cups of cow's milk such as in the Creamy Chicken & Broccoli dish for ages 9-12 months, Flaked Cod with Tomatoes & Zucchini, Filet of Fish Mornay with vegetables, as well as numerous other dishes before age of 12 months. The book even tells you to give cow's milk at 6 months in the recipe Flounder in Leek & Cheese sauce. Also Flounder is known to often have small bones. I would not give my 6 month old such a dish!
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