30/08/2013 at 09:07
I love to cook, bake and eat, but I never follow a recipe I just read through books and look at the pictures to get ideas. I have an abundance of recipe/cook books so when I started weaning my attitude was ; I don't need a cook book to tell me how to make a puree'. Now that I am six weeks in I am discovering that there is more to weaning than just making purees and collecting cute freezer pots. I realised I don't really understand the whole 'science' behind the process. I was given two weaning books last Christmas so decided it was time to investigate and thought I would share my 'findings' with you.
Please share your own book reviews here. So many books are available on the subject, it would be great to hear what you have found useful or not. Other Mums can then decide to buy/loan the books used.
30/08/2013 at 09:40
Top 100 Baby Recipes, Christine Bailey, published by Duncan Baird Publishers.
This a really easy and simple book to follow, it has a easy symbols guide to provide you with key facts. The recipes are basic but tasty. I like that each recipe has a 'Health benefit' section to provide you with nutritional information.
I would have preferred more actual pictures of the finished products, as I am a visual person and like to see the what a completed recipe looks like. I also think that if you are not a confident cook then you can gauge what your dish should look like.
I would recommend this book for people who are not confident cooks or even those who are but want a bit of inspiration on meals to make your LO in the first year.
UPDATE - 10/9/2013
For the first time in a very long time I followed a recipe and made Annabel a Lentil and Apple Dahl (page 81). It was a really easy recipe to follow and didn't require a lot of complicated ingredients. Annabel loved it. The spice wasn't to overpowering, mild enough for Annabel's first curry. I would highly recommend this dish.
30/08/2013 at 23:31
I love this book- River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook. There is lots of useful information on starting off on your weaning journey, without being as condecending as other baby/toddler cookbooks. There are chapters that deal with issues such as the first year of weaning, problems with food, nutrition, information on vegan/vegaterian diets, allergenic foods and lots more!
There is a small chapter on purees, which is great for starting out, but also encourages you to experiment with your own recipes.
the rest of the recipes focus on the simple family element of meals and are split into seasons, Spring, Summer, etc, encorporating different seasonal produce. The food is hearty and wholesome. Each recipe tells you how you can adapt them for babies, or make them for adults and older children, So you can make one meal for the whole family.
There are some lovely pictures of the food, and children enjoying it! There is also a page at the back for further resources such as breastfeeding support and further reading on weaning. A great little book!
10/09/2013 at 11:05
I too really like the River Cottage baby and toddler cook book.
It is a real food lovers book. The author admits to mainly doing Baby led weaning, which is not what we have been doing, but he admits that naturally most parents end up doing a combination of baby-led and puree based foods, which I think is true.
This book is not ideally if you are looking for easy, basic first time baby foods. Its a great book if you spend alot of time in the kitchen and are cooking large family meals on a regular basis. I think it suits family cooking and those with toddlers older children who you want to provide with good, healthy and wholesome foods.
I haven't made anything from it yet, but like the butterbean hummus recipe and the cream cheese and courgette dip - but more for me rather than for my LO.
10/09/2013 at 11:11
This book is not really about weaning but is geared for older children who are old enough to play with you in the kitchen. It is quite an old book, it was given to me by a family friend. It does however have some really simple and fun recipes that I thought would be perfect for 1st birthday (any age kids) parties. I love the idea of being able to cook with Annabel in the kitchen as I think its a really nice hobby for children to have and a great way to spend time together playing and being productive.
I would recommend this book if you have LO's who are interested in cooking and 'helping' you in the kitchen.
I am going to make the mini Christmas puddings for Christmas dinner this year - I have already decided!!
10/09/2013 at 20:09
I love this book! Its bright and colourful with loads of lovely photos. Its suitable from the start of weaning right up till they are old enough to help in the kitchen. There are pages to colour in and a sheet of stickers for decorating the pages of your little ones favourite recipies. Its also full of information on weaning, healthy eating and using the senses so realy helpful for first time weaning journeys. Marley likes the aubergine, pine nut and tomato dip on pitta breads and their 'quickly does it quich'and I'm looking forward to the 'best ever chocolate cake' when he gets a little older
19/10/2013 at 12:05
This recipe was really easy and really yummy (Page 245). Without breaking copy-right laws here is a brief description of how to do it.
You will need:
One tin of butter beans in water
a clove of garlic
a tsb of tahini paste
some olive oil (approx 2 tsb)
(some paprika to sprinkle on end product )
Basically chop the garlic, place in a blender with the drained butter beans add a spoon of olive oil and the tahini paste. Blend until thick and creamy. Place in a dish then add a bit of extra olive oil and the paprika ( if using).
We had it on toast for breakfast and then with falafels for lunch.
19/03/2014 at 15:03
So I have to confess, against my better judgement and my pre misconceptions that this book is actually amazing. I didn’t read it initially as I thought it was a new ‘Yummy Mummy’ concept and I don’t like to follow the masses. However, I was wrong, it is about twenty years old and actually really informative.
When we first started weaning I was bit stubborn about reading it, in fact I told my friend ‘I don’t need Annabel Karmel to tell me how to puree a carrot’ Well I can always admit when I was wrong, and I was, it is a really well written and useful guide for new weaners (or even old weaners).
It has some fantastic food ideas and some great advice, I particually enjoyed reading the advice about feeding toddlers and could almost tick off all the milestones of fussiness, trying to self feed etc that my own LO is experiencing.
Not only is this a great reference book to have on your own shelf but I think I will be buying it as a gift for my new mummy friends. I can totally understand why it has been nicknamed the ‘bible of weaning’.
I am also desperate to try the cheese pretzel recipe!
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