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Bébé Gourmet: 100 French-Inspired Baby Food Recipes For Raising an Adventurous Eater Paperback – April 30, 2013
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—New York Times Magazine
“With just the right touch of French flair, a charming must-read for new parents.”
—Karen Le Billon, author of French Kids Eat Everything
“With gusto, and a pinch of inspiration, Bébé Gourmet makes the seasonal ingredients and strong flavors of French cooking accessible for every family.”
—Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris
“The genius of Jenny Carenco's recipes for bébé is that they're not only relatively easy to make, but they're delicious and oh-so French.”
—Amy Thomas, author of Paris, My Sweet
“These are easy, doable recipes. . . . At every stage, Jenny Carenco offers advice on introducing new foods, tempting reluctant eaters, and introducing bits of flair into otherwise simple meals. Carenco takes away much of the worry and anxiety we may feel about cooking for wee ones, and replaces it with the eager anticipation over what baby food to try next.”
“This is an incredibly varied collection of recipes meant to establish an appreciation for all types of nutritious, healthy foods. Beginning with purees and compotes at age four months and progressing through first lunches, dinners, sweets, and on to big kid meals, the author provides quick, easy-to-make, French-inspired meals using all-natural ingredients.”
“[Jenny] Carenco knows her stuff . . . Her recipes are varied and accessible, many are easy and quick to prepare, even with a toddler underfoot. BΘbΘ Gourmet is a fun and simple way to introduce children to new dishes, tastes and smells, with recipes sure to please even the pickiest little eaters!”
About the Author
Jenny Carenco is the creator of Les Menus Bébé, a leading French brand of flavorful, high quality, and 100–percent natural baby food. Her baby food cookbooks have collectively been translated into five languages. She is a mother of two and a graduate of the prestigious MBA program at HEC, France’s premier business school.
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I was really impressed with this book. The recipes begin with very basic and simple purees that can be made at home for the first few months. The recipes graduate up to regular table food. The author uses unusual foods that aren't typically thought of as baby food, but I read the entire book and all of them can be easily purchased at my local grocery store. The recipes are also very simple and easy to make. At the end of the book is a list of foods and their benefits and also some questions and answers from the author and a pediatric nutritionist. My one and only complaint was that the pictures inside the book were in black and white. I felt that the book would have really stood out if the pictures had been in color. But it certainly doesn't detract from the usefulness of the book, so don't let this deter you when considering a purchase. I wish I'd had this book when my son was born.
I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.
*Update: I have noticed since posting this review, that I had an advanced reader copy. The actual book will have color pictures. So that removes my one and only complaint. Great book!
The pictures are great and very clear. I refer to this book all the time, I am still in the first few chapters as my daughter is only 6 months old, but I look forward to the next stage. This book gives me a lot of confidence as a first time parent wanting to raise an adventurous eater. I have too many friends where their babys only eat one thing or they don't like this texture or that, and I really didn't want to head down that road. I want our daughter to eat with us at the table and eat what we are eating, I remember eating what my parents were eating when I was little and I wanted to be able to do the same for our girl.
I think it is very important to read the intro's to each chapter instead of just the recipes. The author really explains how ready a baby is for foods that we wouldn't think would be a great first food like Mango and some fresh herbs. I just wish there was another book with more recipes!
I bought this book after reading Bringing up Bebe and as long as you take ALL parenting books and advice with a grain of salt I think both my daughter and my husband and I have benefited greatly from a lot of the French parenting tips and now recipes.
She then transitions into more "complex" recipes, in which two different fruits and/or different vegetables, with complementary flavors, are prepared together. This is how you introduce your child to more exciting flavors and textures, making each meal a truly adventurous experience, and encouraging your child to notice the different sensory details (colors, flavors, scents, etc.). Also, by combing different ingredients together, your child gets all of the different vitamins and minerals that he or she needs.
Another cool feature of the book is that Jenny, the author, has suggestions on how to adapt the recipes for older eaters, including the parents! Trust me, this is to make your life easier because after a long day, you may not have the energy to prepare different meals for different people.
Of course, there is also a chart for when to feed your baby what, and the recipes are categorized by age groups, peppered with advice on how to make meal time easier for you, and enjoyable for your child.
I am confident that this book is all that I will need until my children are much older.
Each recipe is so lovingly written and thoughtfully planned, it's obvious that Janet Carenco cares about what your child consumes. Give your child the best, get this book.