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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044658410X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446584104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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 "Readers will appreciate her easy approach to making purees, as she includes required tool lists, nutritional facts, and clear instructions for each recipe." - The Library Journal

Meade also breaks down what kinds of food to give baby at what age and how to spot a food allergy. Recipes are divided by age, which is really helpful. So, if the jar isn't going to be your child's source of baby food, this could be a good guide for making food yourself." - Arizona Statesman

From preparing baby's first purees to serving full-fledged meals, this is the perfect cookbook for parents who want to get the new baby in the house off to the best start possible.  Her book is meant to be good for the baby, and fun for you and is just about the only book you need about feeding your child." - Tuscon Citizen

"Maggie gives parents the courage to feel confident in the kitchen with her whip smart humor and gentle motivation. She's not preaching here, she's right there with you. She's been there and done that with THREE BOYS!" - Christina S. founder of Take Back Your Table takebackyourtable.com

A super combination - apple cranberry sauce is easy to prepare and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

About the Author

Maggie Meade created the top-rated baby food website wholesomebabyfood.com. She is now blogging and sharing recipes, hints and tips at the book blog - wholesomebabyfoodguide.com

She is the mother of three sons who enjoyed fresh homemade baby food throughout their introduction to solid foods and continue to prefer fresh over processed.

More About the Author

Maggie Meade created the website WholesomeBabyFood.com in 2003 as a complete resource for parents who are starting their babies on solid foods and looking to introduce their babies to fresh and tasty homemade baby foods.

The book and website are research based and combine personal experience, recipes and tips for making fresh homemade baby food. All 3 of Maggie's children enjoyed homemade baby foods - even her twins! Yes, it's so simple that parents with multiples can do it.

Her new book is a complete guide for introducing solid foods, containing nutritional information along with information and exclusive delicious recipes. Fans of WholesomeBabyFood.com (now a part of Momtastic.com) will enjoy the familiar tone and style and so much more, in book format.

Maggie is concentrating on the book blog The Wholesome Baby Food Guide Blog ( http://www.wholesomebabyfoodguide.com ) and starting a support community and forum for all things baby food. She lives in New England with her husband, twin boys, a German Shepard and a tabby cat; she also has an older son who is away at university.

Customer Reviews

I loved this book and the website.
Patsy Duncan
I choose this rating because this book is wonderful i have made a few of the foods out of it and he loves it so far.
Justin
The recipes are easy to follow and clear.
Sarah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By ecoover on May 9, 2012
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I purchased this book after spending some time on the Wholesome Baby Food website. I really wanted to make my own baby food but was apprehensive about the time involved. As a working mom, I don't have a lot of spare time these days. This book gave me just the push I needed and I am so happy I decided to go for it. It really does just take an hour or two each month to make tons of delicious baby food! My son has happily eaten everything I've made so far-- even the green veggies. And the savings can't be beat! The first batch of food I made cost just $9 and it lasted thru the first month that he started solids. Compare that to the pouches of organic baby food at $1.19-$1.49 each, and it's a no-brainer! I also loved the wealth of information in the first half of the book before you even get to the recipes. It's only been 2 months of solid food and I've pulled this book out dozens of times. I will be recommending this to all of my friends!

On a side note, I use my Magic Bullet to puree everything and then freeze it in ice cube trays. There are some great (and cheap) Rubbermaid ice cube trays that nest inside each other for storage, but if you reverse the way you stack them, then they stack on top of each other for freezing. I have 9 of them so I can do one big round of baby food making and then put the trays away until next time and they hardly take up any space at all.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Electro Guru on May 23, 2013
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Admittedly, I'm not the cook or the baby food maker in our house, my wife is, and she raves about this book. We purchased a couple of other books at the same time and returned all of them since this is the only book we use and need. You won't be disappointed.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ahastings06 on April 26, 2013
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I was so excited to start making my own baby food but most of the recipes out there start with more than one ingredient or are more advanced recipes - these will be great later on, but if you are just starting out, trying single ingrediant recipes this is the book for you. This book breaks down everything about making your own baby food, from what utensils to get, to storing, charts on what foods to start with, etc. The companion website is also a HUGE perk!! This breaks recipes down into 4-6 month, 6-8 month, etc. and gives both simple, single ingredient recipes (and EXACTLY how to cook them!) as well as combination recipes. This has been SO helpful in helping me learn the basics on making my own food so that I became more comforable to branch out and make more unique recipes! I check the website as well to get more information on different fruits and veggies, the chart on how well things freeze, etc. I checked out 4 different books from my local library on making your own baby food and never even ended up using three of them; the fourth one was this book and after a week, I ordered my own copy because I knew I would be using it non-stop and I have been for the last month! Awesome book and so easy to follow!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By merebearsmommy on August 11, 2013
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I love this lady's website, but I'm really ADD, and I needed something in a more linear format because I felt like I was only getting bits and pieces. It's a very easy, quick read...I bought this book on a Friday evening, and had read through all the information chapters by Saturday night. (I have a 5 yr old and a 4 mo old, so its not like I'm sitting around doing nothing.) I purchased the Kindle version and I love that I can look at the table of contents and click the recipe I want, I can bookmark it, and I can also click to recipes and other information from the first 7 info chapters. You can also search on the Kindle edition, making your life much easier when you have that, "I know I read that somewhere..." moment, but your mommy brain just won't allow you to find it.
The recipes are great and the information is all up to date. She also includes quite a bit of info on food allergies, which was important for me as the mom of a food allergic child. I love that the author organized the recipes by age range/stage, because its easy to look at the list in the TOC and click to pick. Her recipes in stage 3 also have some ideas that could easily be a family meal that you puree on the spot for baby. In addition, the author also gives you tips with each recipe, and many of them are time-savers such as baking your sweet potatoes when you bake your roast to make use of the empty oven space.
I do have 2 wishes for this book: 1) that she would include more info on the advantages/disadvantages of the different types of food prep and storage, and 2) that she would have included a "guesstimate" of how much each batch will make.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Janna L. Donohue on April 23, 2013
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I prefer cookbooks with pictures and one recipe per page. This is jam packed (which many people might like) with recipes but there is too much on each page for my liking. And it's paperbacked so it's impossible to leave it open as you're cooking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Venus Dianne Lawson on January 23, 2013
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I vacillated between this and the Top 100 Baby Purees book as a gift for my sister-in-law. Turns out she already had the latter. She said that this book is far more informative and she uses it exclusively now.
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