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Petit Appetit: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Easy, Organic Snacks, Beverages, and Party Foods for Kids of All Ages Paperback – March 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Original edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953489X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399534898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Barnes is the founder of Petit Appetit, a cooking service devoted to infants and toddlers. She teaches private and group cooking classes throughout Northern California and is a member of the American Personal Chef Association and a Certified Safe Food Handler. She is also the author of The Petit Appetit Cookbook. Visit her website at www.petitappetit.com

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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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What a wealth of information!
eila johnson
Also, this book and her first book, The Petite Appetit cookbook: Easy, organic recipes to nurture your baby and toddler are perfect new mom or baby shower gifts.
Studio 511
Two great recipes so far: French Toast fingers and Curry Chickpeas.
Adrienne T. Markworth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
What a wealth of information! I highly recommend this book to any parent who wants ideas of healthy (but also delicious) foods to prepare for their family...or for reinforcement of what you may be doing "right". Snap it up at Amazon's bargain price!!

I purchased this book, after searching for books on children's nutrition and kid-pleasing healthy cookbooks this fall. It sounded like Lisa's first book was well received so I preordered this one. When it arrived this week I wanted to read it cover to cover! It has so much information, but is also presented in an attainable, simple way. Lisa is a mom and she clearly "gets it". The book is realistic, not preachy. It covers the seasonal/local/organic issues...gives good ideas for involving your children in the planning/cooking process...and is chock full of interesting recipes.

So far, I have prepared her Mango Chicken Quesadillas (per Lisa's recipe for my kids, then added some spicy mango chutney and made a side of chili spiked sour cream to the second batch for my book club coming over later that night). They were great on both fronts.

Tonight I whipped up "Ellery's Minestrone Soup" in an effort to give my kids a warm, veggie filled entrée. It is colorful, our kitchen smells wonderful, and my two mini taste testers approved. Another hit from her book. It took just a half hour to prepare. I substituted Trader Joe's Alphabet pasta for the macaroni, and added some "excitement" to the meal (if you're six years old!).

Nutrition information is provided on the side bar of each recipe, as are pictorial keys ("perfect for packing"..."gluten free"..."vegetarian", etc.) The only thing that I feel is maybe missing from Lisa's book is an index of the recipes by each recipe by these categorizations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Riley on July 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is full of great snack ideas, which is what I needed as I ran out of ideas after a year of family child care. Contains basic information regarding buying organics vs. conventional. Great, user friendly format. She provides nice storage tips for the recipes and nice pointers on how to include children in the kitchen as well. I really like this book and will definitely pursue her other cookbooks to add to my collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne T. Markworth on March 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a great follow up to The Petit Appetit Cookbook (one of my favorites)! It has a great layout and plenty of information about storage and variations (two things I consider must-haves in a good cookbook.) Two great recipes so far: French Toast fingers and Curry Chickpeas. The chickpeas are something SO simple, but I NEVER would have thought to do it. Now they've become a staple in our afternoon arsenal. Another thing I love is Lisa's writing style - her intros to the recipes make the book fun to page through even when you're not in a rush to get something on the table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Burgundy Damsel VINE VOICE on October 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
There was plenty of great information and ideas in this book, and some parts were quite user-friendly. I most appreciated the use of clearly understandable icons at the top corner of each page designating a recipe as nut free, gluten free, vegan, etc. It made for quick searching/ referencing for anyone with particular needs.

I was rather disappointed that none of the recipes came with pictures. I also have my doubts that most children will eat some of these recipes. White and black bean spreads or sesame crisps, for example, are unlikely to be popular with those new to a healthy/clean living diet.

Many of these recipes are simple, and not uncommonly found in similar books. That said, for someone new to clean eating or just browsing for something different, this isn't a bad option. I would recommend flipping through a copy before buying if possible to gauge how well it will actually meet your particular needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meal Plan Mom on February 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
You want to eat right. You want your family to eat right. And maybe you'd like to eat with more organic ingredients too. But you also have picky eater and you're just trying to get by with anything your child will eat! And all of those things can seem so overwhelming that you just fall back on to your old standbys. And imagine trying to do all that and celebrate a special occasion too!

Enter this book! The author focuses on the special celebrations in a child's life AND keeping them healthy and delicious.

The first several chapters provide a basic introduction to learning more about what's in our foods with Do You Know What They're Eating? or Choosing Organic: Why, When and How. Also included are chapters on Instilling Good Eating Habits at Home and Away and Having Fun with Food and Family. The author provides practical tips for making these goals a reality in a realistic way that makes it really do-able.

The recipe section is divided into three main categories--Eat, Drink & Be Merry, you can find recipes for Chicken-Mango Quesadillas, Baked "Zuke" Sticks or Cheese and Egg Roll as things to "Eat". Or Mango-Carrot Smoothie, Almond Milk or Pear White Tea are sure to quench anyone's thirst in the "Drink" section! "Be Merry" offers not only recipes but party ideas for birthdays like Baby Bundt Cakes, Pizza Parties with Pesto Pizza Dough, and Holidays like an early New Year's Eve or St. Patrick's Day with Spinach Hummus or even "any day" celebrations like a Picnic in the Park or First Day of Snow Chocolatey Cookies

But what makes this book especially good is that the recipes are really do-able! You don't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to provide healthy and tasty treats for those special celebrations (or just whenever!
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