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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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The meals are delicious (I've tried them) and easy to make. They do call for some ingredients that are probably more mainstream in England (where the author is from), such as parsnips and rutabega, but I've either been able to find the ingredients or just left them out.
I agree with one reviewer, that once your child is starting to eat regular table foods, this book might be overkill. But it's wonderful up to about 10 months or so. To address some other reviews -- if you're looking for a book that tells you to "steam carrots in the microwave with a little water then mash them with a fork," why do you need a cookbook?
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.Read more ›
She bought this book thinking it was "quick, easy, healthy" meals. What she found was a huge pile of frustration and angst with every recipe she's tried.
The estimated times to make most of these is severely underestimated. In addition they don't consider any "sit time" required between certain steps. I don't know what planet the author is living on, but here on Earth, that "Beef Croquette" dish took well over an hour, not the 10 minutes they listed. The recipes also frequently call for change of bowls, etc so you end up with a sink piled high.
I've had to step in several times to repair the meals and my wife's self esteem. These are NOT recipes you should be trying unless you know the difference between a food mill and a chinois, a mandolin from a mezzaluna.
Even then, I'm not so sure these meals are all that healthy. Lots of pan frying, which to me is the same as deep frying. No real attempt to reduce sugar intake in these recipes. I think you'd do better buying a Rachel Ray cookbook and shopping at Whole Foods.
We're very disappointed. By the way, our kids refused to eat anything from this cookbook. They will eat things like tacos, scallion pancakes, miso soup, MaPo tofu, plain yogurt, stuffed grape leaves, fried gluten, and lots of other unusual dishes that many kids wouldn't touch.
The recipes are fairly simple. She does have some foods common to England, but I found making substitutions to be easy. The foods/recipes are nutritious and yet appealing to our daughter. She has loved each of the recipes thus far, with the exception of one... this had fish and this was her first time to try fish. Nevertheless, we will keep trying and I believe she will be liking this dish soon as well.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to provide nutritious, wholesome foods to their child/children. Loving to cook helps as well!
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I love this book, so was purchasing it as a gift for a friend. It arrived on time and in perfect condition! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tonya B
This is a great place to start to make nutritious meals for baby and up. Used it 15 years ago for my oldest child and continue to use some of the recipes with some slight... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Parton
My son really enjoys many of these recipes, they are not too hard and we usually have the ingredients around. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Erica B
Wish this had been available when I was a new mother 100 years ago! Have gifted two of these to new mothers. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aoife Murphy
Love this cookbook. I used it extensively with my kids and now it is a favorite gift to give to new moms. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karen