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Simply Natural Baby Food: Easy Recipes for Delicious Meals Your Infant and Toddler Will Love Paperback – January 1, 2003

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Editorial Reviews


An enticing and inspiring book of recipes for children. A very accessible and tasty collection. -- Sharon K. Yntema, author of NEW Vegetarian Baby

In an era of epidemic obesity/diabetes in children, Olson offers wholesome and simple recipe ideas for a healthy start. -- Monica Dixon, Ph.D., R.D., Author of Love the Body You Were Born With

From the Author

After the birth of our first daughter, I decided to stay at home to rear our children and develop our organic vegetable/herb garden and fruit orchard.

Cooking continued to be a creative outlet for me. As I had primarily been cooking adult food for many years, preparing baby food was a new undertaking. The cookbooks available contained recipes calling for white flour, refined sugar, and processed foods. Most dishes required dairy products, eggs, or meat. No alternatives were provided for the vegetarian child. As I researched infant nutritional needs, I learned how important it is to give babies healthful food from the start and to establish good eating habits early.

I combined my knowledge of natural, whole foods cooking with what I had learned about infant nutrition to develop the recipes in this book. Since I understand that our lives are busy, I keep actual preparation time to a minimum. The cooking time for some meals is lengthy (i.e. grains and legumes) but since you don’t have to be in the kitchen monitoring the meal, you are free to do other things. These recipes are all dishes that I prepare regularly. With two small children to care for, a garden and orchard to maintain, animals to tend, and books and articles to write, I don’t want to spend my free time in the kitchen.

My daughters are enthusiastic, healthy eaters and have rarely been sick. I hope you find this book helpful with your children.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Goco Pub.; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972469036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972469036
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I love this little book. I know a past reviewer criticised the book for being too thin but that's one of the things I like about it. I have always enjoyed cooking and bought quite a few baby cook books when my daughter was very young thinking I would potter around making her perfect gourmet meals but soon realised that there are many days when the thought of even leafing through the pages of those cookbooks is too much effort. I just find them too overwhelming and invariably reach for this book because the recipes are simple but still tasty. You don't need to be a great cook to be able to make these recipes, the instructions are very easy to follow.
Despite being a slender volume, the book packs a lot of information into its pages, and still has a great collection of recipes.

I never found it to be a problem finding any of the ingredients. I have to admit that even though I consider my cooking to be quite wholesome I had never used some of the items like dried seaweed (you only use a pinch) and ground seeds myself, but after reading in the book just why these things are included, I found myself adding them to my own food as well. They are incredibly nutritious and such an easy way to bolster your child's immune system which I found so reassuring during the winter. I'm sure you can order these ingredients online if you can't find them in a store nearby. You use such a small amount that they will last for ages. And you can always leave those items out if you prefer.
The book is written in a very friendly manner and is a nice balance between educating and guiding you as to what your baby's and toddler's developmental needs are with easy to follow recipes. A reviewer below wrote that the last thing they needed was to be making their own baby cereal.
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Format: Paperback
This book certainly has some mixed reviews. It seems people either love it or hate. While I am one of the ones who LOVE this book, I can see why this book would not be for everybody. Here are my thoughts:

"Simply Natural Baby Food" does not try to make you vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, a raw fooder, or a carnivore - however, it pulls aspects from many different diets. There are many vegetarian recipes, there are vegan recipes, there are some smoothies and treats made from raw foods, there are recipes that use alternative grains like brown rice flour for those with wheat or gluten allergies, there are recipes that use whole grains and sea vegetables that are common in a macrobiotic diet, there are recipes that incorporate dairy products, eggs, fish or poultry.

While this may sound like it encompasses everybody, it does not. This book is for people who want to eat (and want their children to eat) whole foods. That means whole grains like brown rice, millet and quinoa; beans and legumes; fruit and vegetables; cultured dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese; more plant foods than animal foods; no white flour or refined grains; and no refined sugar.

For many feeding your child fresh, organic, whole foods without sugar, articial colors and trans-fats may be too far removed from what they are accustomed to eating. If you expect to be able to find the ingredients for the recipes in this book at your local 7-11, you definitely have the wrong book - but if you prefer to shop at a natural foods store - or at least are open to checking one out (or even an online store), you will enjoy this book.

I for one found it a refreshing change from the other books that offer recipes using jello, bisquick, and colored cereals.
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Format: Paperback
Simply Natural Baby Food by Cathe Olson is a simply wonderful book.

This little gem is a must-have for anyone wanting to give their baby or toddler

the very best in whole, nutritious foods. Finally, here's a great collection

of baby food recipes and ideas that go beyond traditional jar food and provide

our babies and toddlers with exactly what they need, when they need it.

Simply Natural Baby Food provides recipes for Starting Solids, Intermediate

Foods, Older Baby Foods and Toddler Foods. There are many wonderful ideas for

breakfast foods, snacks, soups, sandwiches, grains and vegetables, entrees and

yummy sugar free desserts and beverages. Each section provides information

about the nutritional needs of your growing baby with fun wholesome recipes.

This recipe book is not just "baby food" as the title suggests. With lots of

yummy recipes for snacks and meals, this is a book you'll continue to use well

into childhood. Things like fig bars, zucchini cake, and carrot cake sprout

cookies will please the whole family.

Go ahead. Think outside the jar!--Ginger Carlson
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By A Customer on February 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Get your freezer space ready. Many of these recipes make large quanties, but it all freezes well. I found myself cooking a lot for several days, but since I can store the food in my freezer and use small quantities at a time, I then have a week or so off from cooking. If you already practice eating whole foods and buying in bulk, chances are that you will have most of the ingredients laying around anyway. I did have to pick up a few specialty items at the local food co-op, but I shop there all the time anyway! The food is good, and my husband and I eat it as well. I have seen an improvemnet in my son's sleeping habits since we began practicing the recipes in this book. This is not only a book of recipes, but also a book about lifestyle change. I have learned so much. I wish I had this book a year ago! It is now a must buy for anyone I know who is having a baby.
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