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Toddler Café: Fast, Healthy, and Fun Ways to Feed Even the Pickiest Eater Paperback – March 5, 2008
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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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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.
Some of the tips in terms of how to make eating the meal more fun for your child I found kind of silly and hokey, but my son is not into that quite yet so perhaps they'll come in handy when he's old enough.
All in all, most of the recipes in this book are meals I can make for the entire family, and we all enjoy them, which is exactly what I was looking for in a toddler cookbook. (I'm definitely not of the "mom the short order cook" school of thought.) It is also a beautiful book, with really nice pictures, so it would make a nice practical gift.