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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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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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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. I like that the microwave is left out of the cooking process in this book. Microwaving your food depletes it of anti-oxidant vitamins as well as other key nutrients. Overall, I think this book is an asset to people who want to prepare their baby's food. I don't know what my baby would eat if it wasn't for this book.
I would like to add, now 4 months later, that my husband and I will eat her food some nights! Instead of freezing the the other portions, he and I will sit down and eat her food with her. Obviously, she loves it, but we're always surprised how good it tastes. I even used the california chicken salad recipe for a party I hosted...it was quick, easy, and very delicious.
It pushes beyond the normal American fare of chicken nuggets, pizza, fries...
I've begun with the baby food purees... and worked my way up to one year.
So it began with apples, pears, melons... potatoes, yams, peas... and was very helpful at coming up with ways to make proteins and vitamin rich veggies edible and interesting to young ones new taste buds. Variety, variety... This is a book full of great ideas... Macaroni and cheese made with carrots and pasta stars, fresh cheddar...
I enjoy the fish recipes as well... Cod AuGratin, And Tilapia with Root Veggies... Purees for 8 month olds...
I like how balanced this book is... it really pushes me out of the norm.
I've learned about NEW ingredients that can quickly become staples in my diet as well. I had never bought a LEEK or a AVOCADO... but when a recipe called for an ingredient that I just couldn't fathom... I just left it out.
CHEAP--- did I mention that these recipes are very inexpensive and help you control what is in the food your little one eats. ALL GOOD THINGS.
TIME--- the time to prepare these meals is a concept you have to consider. Freezing a months worth of "Tasty Beef"... and always adding new side veggies... YES, there is a consideration about TIME.
I got this book from the library... and decided to buy it.
I am very pleased.
There are some people that complain about the difficulty level of the recipes. They fail to mention that once you spend a couple of hours preparing food for your child, you can freeze most of it and heat it up during the week. The author does a great job of telling the reader which recipes can be frozen and which cannot. That makes meal planning so much easier for me.
The author also gives you the nutrients in each recipe. Perfect for moms like me who want to watch what their kids are eating.
All in all, this book is wonderful for mothers who want to make delicious, healthy good food for their children and families.