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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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"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
Matthew Carden is a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nope, I would say of all the ones I tried, this one was the worst. nothing exciting, but not worth it. simple enough recipes you can come up with them all by yourself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kristine L. Moore
Very good book we cooked lots of recipes and my child had many favourites from this book. Actually many recipes we cooked for the all family.Published 9 months ago by Maria L. Santos
Great, healthy recipes for toddler. The most what i like about this book that the recipes are simple and don't require many different ingredients.Published 14 months ago by natali
Some of the recipes are no-brainers that don't even belong in a cookbook (like cooking pasta and adding butter and lemon juice). Read morePublished 22 months ago by kjc03
Nice recipes, but I guess I was hoping for more meal ideas..... I'll definitely be trying a few of these out on my toddler ... The pea pops sound interesting!Published 23 months ago by ninenine
Beyond the great ideas for fun toddler menu choices, I love the commentary and tips about making food fun for little ones. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Joe
Bought this cookbook used and it came in great condition and I was very pleased with what it had to offer. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Brooke
My four-year-old is really in an eating funk. I'm trying really hard to introduce more healthy foods into her diet but in a way they are yummy and fun for but don't require tons of... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by S. Kimble
I love this little book! The recipes are very interesting and I've never thought to try some of the combinations.Published on January 11, 2014 by Brittany