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Good, but fussy...just like my son.,
This review is from: Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents (Paperback)
I decided to purchase this book after stumbling across the author's blog. I was desperate, Googling "simple baby food" info all night. My son was growing out of his stage three foods and showing great interest in table food. I am a working professional who has spent eight years in graduate school, but is petrified of the kitchen. I needed a cook book with relatively simple, nutritionally sound recipes I could reference in the kitchen while chasing my restless toddler around. This book, while certainly entertaining and informative, is, well "fussy". Don't get me wrong, it is helpful to read the intro information about pantry preparation and parent friendly short cuts (I went out and purchased Rao's marinara sauce and a slow cooker the very next day), but I find the recipes are needlessly complex and geared towards urban "foodies" with every type of exotic ingredient at their immediate disposal (I live in the burbs, about 30 miles outside of NYC). I have yet to find the elusive anchovy paste for my sauce in my local LI Trader Joes, Stop n Shop or Target and somehow I don't imagine my now 13 month old would love a recipe that includes red wine vinegar or sherry (I've tried champagne salad dressing, but no luck;). Physically, this book is also not kitchen friendly...a thick paperback book whose print practically melted off the page the first time I spilt a drop of water on it. While I have enjoyed making steel cut oats (one of the simplest recipes possible) in my new slow cooker, even this recipe required that I Google the "water bath" method for slow cookers. The author assumes, with no photos or illustrations in the book, that a novice like myself will know what the heck a "water bath" is (I don't know, maybe I am dense?). I am not sorry I bought this book, as it does provide a seemingly endless array of recipes to try, and the main theme of the book is to provide recipes that the whole family can eat, not just baby food. That being said, I do think that it needs to be streamlined and more kitchen friendly. I think the author, who is a gourmet food blogger, tries to cram too many ideas in and winds up with a dizzying array of exotic recipes and techniques (got me to thinking...can't I just mix Annie's Mac and Cheese with some avocado and chicken and call it a day?). Also, I know it may seem a little low-brow and not particularly, "green", but a spill resistant hard cover and the occasional illustration or photo sure would be helpful for those of us who are a little less culinary oriented.
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2012 11:33:57 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
I've bought enough recipe books over the years to know that about 10-20% of them in any given book will be of interest to me (which I consider a success). So don't worry if most of it didn't work for you. I blipped past the oats and no, I have no idea what a water bath is. I blip past recipes with ingredients I don't recognize or that seem too involved. And yes, you can add avocado and chicken to your mac n cheese (never thought of adding avocado, what a great idea...). I tried making her lasagna, which turned out well, but took more time and effort than I thought it would (it was my first lasagna ever, and I couldn't find the "no-cook" noodles in my grocery store). Try the cranberry chicken recipe, it's got like 4 ingredients and is quite tasty. Oh, and have you discovered slow cooker liners? I scrubbed the big pot in mine for years and only just learned they exist. Look in Target near the sandwich bags.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 9:52:23 AM PDT
Great idea about the liners! I'm going to look for them. Also thanks for the feedback and ideas. My little one has quickly turned me into and everyday cook in the kitchen. It's amazIng how our kids change our lives (for the better)!
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