Recently I had a chance to look at The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet: Know What Goes Into Every Bite with More Than 200 of the Most Deliciously Nutritious Homemade Baby Food ... More Than 60 Purees Your Baby Will Love. First off, this cookbook is not simply a bunch of purees for your baby starting solids. There are also a number of recipes for your toddler.
What I Liked:
- written by a nurse and nutritionist
- the chapter on ages 6mo-11mo is further broken down into each month (i.e. here are the recipes for a 9 month old)
- the "articles" were small and easy to read (should you go organic?, how to freeze baby food, etc.)
- use of charts
- some recipes had variations included
- each recipe had the number of servings and the nutritional information including vitamins
- many recipes (especially for the younger ages) were three ingredients or less
- huge amount of recipes (over 200/over 60 purees)
- many recipes can be made quickly (authors claim in less than 10 minutes)
- recipes that can be made ahead of time and frozen are clearly marked
- some recipes have microwave directions
- reference section on nutrition is easy to read
- feedback chart in the back of the book where you can mark which recipes you've made, how much your baby liked the recipe, any variations you made to the recipe and if you would make it again
What I Didn't Like:
- I wish it had more photos of the recipes
- the nutritional information assumed breast milk was used
- I wish they had included modifications to the toddler recipes to make them appropriate for preschoolers, if any changes would be necessary. Many of them look like great recipes to serve children over 23 months of age.
I would definitely recommend this book.
I read the paperback edition of this book to facilitate this review. It is also available in a kindle edition.
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