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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: F J ROBERTS PUBLISHING; 2nd Revised edition edition (Nov. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965260313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965260312
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Yaron cares deeply about what your baby is eating--so much so that her bestselling Super Baby Food is encyclopedic in both scope and size. Ounce for hefty ounce, this manual/cookbook/reference guide is worth its weight in formula, packed as it is with detailed information on homemade baby food, nutritional data, feeding schedules, cooking techniques, recipes, and other invaluable feeding tips. Yaron builds her compelling argument for making baby food at home on the simple premise that food profoundly impacts health, especially when an infant's developing digestive tract is involved. Parents will learn why babies should start out on rice porridge, bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes before advancing to more difficult-to-digest foods such as wheat cereals and milk products. While Yaron's passionate stance and vegetarian bias may turn off some parents, others will be grateful for her strict attention to potentially harmful additives and chemicals. No matter what their eating philosophy, most parents will appreciate the economy and surprising ease of making baby food at home. This is not gourmet cooking; all you have to do is learn how to boil water and operate a blender. For veggies, simply steam some vegetable chunks and blend. For baby porridge, just grind some whole grains in a blender and boil. It's that simple. And when you're feeding your baby, simple is best. --Sumi Hahn

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a concise list of what foods to introduce when and a few hints about cooking some of your own food--and you're a busy mom--keep looking. I am very conscious of what my baby eats (organic produce, free-range eggs, antibiotic-free milk, etc.), and wanted to prepare some of her food myself, but was overwhelmed by this tome. There's too much extraneous information to wade through--I already know how to select and store produce, for example. I'm sleep deprived and need to access recipes quickly. There's too much text accompanying the preparation instructions. Plus, despite my efforts, my child doesn't like plain veggies or that dreadful plain rice cereal. So, I'm hoping to find a real-life guide to healthy eating for real kids. Maybe something about sneaking veggies into pre-toddler food.
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Here's the process of using the book..."OK, let's make some healthy baby food...Right, what chapter [flips through book}, six months Chapter is on page 250...complimentary proteins..on Page 400...[flips through book]...what's she on about super baby porridge...page 350..[more flipping]..Damn...baby's freaking out from hunger...right, sod this for a game of soldiers." [Opens a jar of organic commercial baby food].
There is good information in this book, but it is poorly organized, and buried in a lot of eccentric verbiage.
Plus, the author has a lot of bizaare beliefs - that there are 22 amino acids (which will surprise a lot of molecular biologists), and that you should stand away from blenders because of EMF radiation. It's harder to take the author seriously when she espouses some quack beliefs. And harder when she doesn't realize that working parents don't have the time to wade through her idiosyncratic ramblings to get to the information we need (how much should I feed, what foods should I mix with each other, etc).
Frustrated, I bought the Fresh Baby Kit, which, though more expensive, presented the information needed in a short cookbook + 1 card (!).
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I got this book based on recommendations here and from a friend and while there is a lot of helpful information, it is buried deeply in the most poorly organized encyclopedic volume of information I have ever seen.
I'm not one of those people who feels that a children's cookbook should be medically proven (what cookbook is?) but the author recommends supplementation without any kind of context or backing whatsoever (i'm sorry, but there's no way i'm adding dessicated liver to my child's food). She also recommends adding flax seed oil, wheatgerm, and nutritional yeast, on top of adding iron and other supplements. This is one philosophy of feeding, but i think that the concept of a whole foods diet put forth in this book should sort of override the need for such heavy supplementation.
The organization of the book is astoundingly bad. There is hardly a single page that does not refer you to another page which in turn sends you to an appendix or yet another page. It is mind boggling how this got past an editor...
There are good ideas in this book and a lot of information about when to introduce which foods and how to prepare them, but again, it's daunting to find the information that's there due to the organizational problems and the sheer volume of information offered.
All in all this book is a helpful addition to a library of succinct cookbooks and nutrition books, but would drive me crazy if it were my only resource.
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I, like so many moms, was on the path to boxed baby cereals and Gerber jars when my 4 month old got extremely constipated and irritable with her 1st rice cereal experience. My pediatrician advised me to wait a couple of weeks and resume rice cereal. It was so hard to wait because my child was hungry and she had proven she could eat quite well! The same thing happened with the 2nd try of rice cereal - constipation, screaming and writhing in pain. Here I had this hungry, eager little eater and the traditional American baby foods just weren't working.
I ordered Super Baby Food from Amazon, and all my troubles went away in an instant. My life and and my daughter's diet suddenly involved mashed fresh bananas and water, mashed fresh avocados and water, pureed sweet pototoes, mangos and more. All fresh, all with good anti-viral properties, all helping me contribute to the extent that I can to helping my daughter develop and maintain a healthy immune system.
Today, my daughter is a 2-1/2 year old who is an amazing eater. She eats a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies everyday including eating fresh steamed green beans the way other kids eat french fries. She devours fresh steamed broccoli, eats pesto packed pork chops, and just yesterday she downed a cold salad of black-eyed peas, green olives and tomatoes. My friends, neighbors, and even I am amazed as she eagerly tries any food I put in front of her.
I share this not to brag but to let others know that I attribute her eating habits largely to her Super Baby Food diet where never once did I put something in front of her that tasted yucky. I believe by feeding her stuff that even I thought was tasty, she came to develop a trust that whatever food I give her, chances are it's going to be good.
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