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"What's nice about these recipes is that they're simple to cook and grownups like them, too. Except picky ones." NY Daily News, April 4, 2008

"Finally, there's a cookbook that encourages kids to play with their food." The Times-Union, April 3, 2008

"There are so many really cool recipes inside this book that will wow any child." BabyGear.com, May 11, 2008

"What I loved about this 50 recipe book is Jennifer's old school approach to feeding kids and getting them involved in the cooking process. The recipes are straightforward and they are things that the whole family can enjoy." Project Foodie.com, May 3, 2008

"Carden has created over 50 unique recipes that encourage families (including toddlers) to work together to prepare, eat, clean up, and best of all, look forward to a healthy, delicious meal." Stitch Lounge Blog, May 1, 2008 "The Toddler Cafe is full of great ideas to have fun with children at the table. It is a lovely gift for parents on their child's first birthday - before picky-ness shows up. Hurray for mess!" Super Chef Blog, May 1, 2008

About the Author

Jennifer Carden is an artist, chef, food stylist, and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She contributed to The Healthy Baby Workbook.

Matthew Carden is a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811859274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811859271
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I turned to this book because my toddler and I were in an eating rut. He has no problem eating healthy, but I needed a few more recipes/combos in my arsenal. This book is loaded with recipes, however, they were a far cry from what I was looking for.

While not along the lines of Deceptively Delicious/Sneaky Chef (there's no denying that the pea pancakes are peas) I felt that too many of the recipes sugared up the veggies and had too many sweet angles in general for my liking. In addition, a good number of these recipes were just not efficient on time and with a toddler and 6.5month old, efficiency is key. And speaking of efficiency, I about lost my bottom jaw when I viewed the ridiculous number of pantry and refrigerator supplies I was required to have "on hand". And then there were a few recipes that were just a little too over the top. While I'm sure the pb&j french toast is quite tasty, I don't need help getting my kid to scarf pb&j down anyway (using natural peanut butter, low sugar jelly on whole wheat bread), why would I french toast it?!

The book looks good and the photos are beautiful, the info is just not good for day to day.
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A few weeks ago I ordered "The Toddler Cafe" because we were in a rut in terms of nutritional meals that were easy to feed my 16 month old. We've made a few recipes from the book and I can now safely say that it was a worthwhile purchase. The recipes are definitely on the high maintenance side, so unless you really enjoy cooking, and like meals that have a process, I would not recommend it. Two of the best tasting recipes have taken me the longest to make.

One recipe that I would recommend that you double or even triple right off the bat are the "Lily Pad Pancakes". We made them one night when we were watching my son's friend and there were not enough of them to go around even after we doubled the recipe. (My husband and I got some, but definitely did not get our fill after feeding the boys.)
On my birthday I made the "Treasure Triangles" so my son would have something to eat when we went out for Sushi. I have never worked with puff pastry before and that element definitely made this recipe on the high effort side of things but, my goodness, they were tasty, and my son certainly loved them. I think if you just needed to whip something up quickly you could probably skip the puff pastry and just serve the filling.

The book also contains some really practical tips, one of which I had discovered before I purchased the book. When you make oatmeal for your child, throw in frozen berries or fruit. The oatmeal thaws the fruit and the frozen fruit cools down the oatmeal to a good toddler temperature. A similar tip that I learned from this book is to put frozen peas inside a baked potato to cool the baked potato off, and surprisingly, my son loves the combination.
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My daughter is 16 months and not a bad eater but she seems to eat the same things over and over. I made the rice balls with beets and she loved them, as did I! I have also made the pumpkin ravioli and the pea pancakes. A word of advice, DON'T change the recipes. The author knows what she is doing. I tried to make the ravioli with baby food because I could not find frozen pumpkin and it was a disaster. I did however start to experiment with my own "toddler cafe" ideas. Some worked and some did not. I made potatoes pancakes in a mini muffin tin (so I did not have to fry them) and it worked GREAT! I can't wait until my daughter is a little older so she can make these fabulous recipes with me. Keep on cooking!
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I have bought a few cookbooks focusing on babies and toddlers, and this has been my favorite. Not only are the recipes creative, fun and delicious, but the photography within the book is also beautiful (there are pictures accompanying about half of the recipes). The author provides recipe notes for each recipe, which often include ideas for variations. I've already made several of the items in the book, and they have been a hit with my daughter (and with me!).
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This book is great for our daughter who is beyond the toddler stage, and whose love of veggies has reduced drastically over time, but her love of getting messy and having fun hasn't. Getting her back in love with all the colors, tastes and textures of food has been so much fun. For those of us who don't have a lot of time, these recipes are totally do-able, and it's a great gift book too!
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After trying many of the recipes with my three kids, I brought it when my daughter's third grade brownie troop was planning meals for their camping trip. They loved the banana hot dogs we ate after our 2 mile hike. I loved that they were so easy to make. I had prebagged the PB and brought squirt jelly and whole wheat buns. The girls had fun passing the "mustard" and we whipped up 18 sandwiches with no utensils in the woods. Plus they had each had a banana to help their muscles. Thanks for the creative idea Jennifer.
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The book claims to make ways "to feed even the pickiest eater" but the majority of these foods have an appearance that most picky eaters wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. The authors definition of picky eater must be the most mildest form of the term. Many of the "healthy" food recipes listed are made up mostly of sweets and dessert/snack food with a hint of healthy food.
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