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The Wholesome Baby Food Guide: Over 150 Easy, Delicious, and Healthy Recipes from Purees to Solids [Paperback]

Maggie Meade
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Book Description

Feb. 21 2012
Baby food doesn't need to be tasetless, processed and in a jar. It can be fresh, vibrant and delicious. In THE WHOLESOME BABY FOOD GUIDE, Maggie Meade will show you how easy it is to feed your baby homemade goodness.

Based on the top-rated baby food website, THE WHOLESOME BABY FOOD GUIDE is filled with carefully researched information on nutrition, allergies, myths, and the best practices for introducing foods to your little ones. With more than 150 recipes, as well as storage tips, and allergy alerts, Meade reviews the three major stages of a baby's learning to eat: 4-6 months, 6-8 months, and 8 months and up.

With courage, humor, and gentle motivation, this book will show parents that their baby's food doesn't have to come from a jar to be healthy and safe. In fact, the healthiest, safest, and tastiest (not to mention least expensive!) foods for babies are those cooked from real ingredients in the kitchen at home.

This book sets the stage for a child's lifelong love of healthy and wholesome foods. Move over Gerber-- parents are getting into the kitchen!

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Maggie Meade writes and edits the top-rated baby food website She is the mother of three sons who enjoyed fresh homemade baby food throughout their introduction to solid foods.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book Oct. 4 2013
By Tanya
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I have used this book a bit just to get ideas but thought there would be more creative recipes. The recipes are very basic but I do love all the information that is provided on nutrition of foods and how to pair them with other foods and spices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful June 8 2013
By annie v
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so many easy and amazing recipes
lots of helpful information throughout the book
i hope they come out with a finger food guide book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend buying Nov. 30 2012
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This book made homemade baby food prep easy!! I loved the website and was excited when I found out they had a book. Lots of great recipe ideas and ways to best prepare certain veggies. I would reccomend this book to any parents wanting to make their babies meals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great information Aug. 31 2012
By Erin
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The first section of this book is filled with so much great information on getting yoru baby started on solids. Love that it has little quick tips throughout as well providing lots of info on the nutritional value of the foods being selected for baby!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! May 9 2012
By ecoover - Published on
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I purchased this book after spending some time on the Wholesome Baby Food website. I really wanted to make my own baby food but was apprehensive about the time involved. As a working mom, I don't have a lot of spare time these days. This book gave me just the push I needed and I am so happy I decided to go for it. It really does just take an hour or two each month to make tons of delicious baby food! My son has happily eaten everything I've made so far-- even the green veggies. And the savings can't be beat! The first batch of food I made cost just $9 and it lasted thru the first month that he started solids. Compare that to the pouches of organic baby food at $1.19-$1.49 each, and it's a no-brainer! I also loved the wealth of information in the first half of the book before you even get to the recipes. It's only been 2 months of solid food and I've pulled this book out dozens of times. I will be recommending this to all of my friends!

On a side note, I use my Magic Bullet to puree everything and then freeze it in ice cube trays. There are some great (and cheap) Rubbermaid ice cube trays that nest inside each other for storage, but if you reverse the way you stack them, then they stack on top of each other for freezing. I have 9 of them so I can do one big round of baby food making and then put the trays away until next time and they hardly take up any space at all.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an EXCELLENT book! April 26 2013
By ahastings06 - Published on
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I was so excited to start making my own baby food but most of the recipes out there start with more than one ingredient or are more advanced recipes - these will be great later on, but if you are just starting out, trying single ingrediant recipes this is the book for you. This book breaks down everything about making your own baby food, from what utensils to get, to storing, charts on what foods to start with, etc. The companion website is also a HUGE perk!! This breaks recipes down into 4-6 month, 6-8 month, etc. and gives both simple, single ingredient recipes (and EXACTLY how to cook them!) as well as combination recipes. This has been SO helpful in helping me learn the basics on making my own food so that I became more comforable to branch out and make more unique recipes! I check the website as well to get more information on different fruits and veggies, the chart on how well things freeze, etc. I checked out 4 different books from my local library on making your own baby food and never even ended up using three of them; the fourth one was this book and after a week, I ordered my own copy because I knew I would be using it non-stop and I have been for the last month! Awesome book and so easy to follow!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best baby food book out there. May 23 2013
By Electro Guru - Published on
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Admittedly, I'm not the cook or the baby food maker in our house, my wife is, and she raves about this book. We purchased a couple of other books at the same time and returned all of them since this is the only book we use and need. You won't be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Recipes are okay, but book isn't organized to my liking. April 23 2013
By Janna L. Donohue - Published on
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I prefer cookbooks with pictures and one recipe per page. This is jam packed (which many people might like) with recipes but there is too much on each page for my liking. And it's paperbacked so it's impossible to leave it open as you're cooking.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, even for moms the second time around! Aug. 11 2013
By merebearsmommy - Published on
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I love this lady's website, but I'm really ADD, and I needed something in a more linear format because I felt like I was only getting bits and pieces. It's a very easy, quick read...I bought this book on a Friday evening, and had read through all the information chapters by Saturday night. (I have a 5 yr old and a 4 mo old, so its not like I'm sitting around doing nothing.) I purchased the Kindle version and I love that I can look at the table of contents and click the recipe I want, I can bookmark it, and I can also click to recipes and other information from the first 7 info chapters. You can also search on the Kindle edition, making your life much easier when you have that, "I know I read that somewhere..." moment, but your mommy brain just won't allow you to find it.
The recipes are great and the information is all up to date. She also includes quite a bit of info on food allergies, which was important for me as the mom of a food allergic child. I love that the author organized the recipes by age range/stage, because its easy to look at the list in the TOC and click to pick. Her recipes in stage 3 also have some ideas that could easily be a family meal that you puree on the spot for baby. In addition, the author also gives you tips with each recipe, and many of them are time-savers such as baking your sweet potatoes when you bake your roast to make use of the empty oven space.
I do have 2 wishes for this book: 1) that she would include more info on the advantages/disadvantages of the different types of food prep and storage, and 2) that she would have included a "guesstimate" of how much each batch will make. She does note that different people will come out with different portions based on the size of the fruit/vegetable and their prep, but I would have liked to have had a rough idea on how much you might have, like "makes about three 4 oz. servings" so you know how many freezer trays, jars, pouches, whatever ready to fill. I hate that feeling when you've filled everything and you've still got half a bowl left and nothing to put it in. You can go in and make notes, whether on the paper or Kindle versions, but it would just be nice to have a heads up for the first time.
Overall, its a great read. I tried making my own baby food with my first, but she was such a picky eater and wouldn't eat anything except apples, chicken, and bananas. (Which is about all she will eat at 5...) This time, it's more of a concern since our 4 month old has already shown multiple food allergies with Breastmilk and formula, so it's going to be a necessity to ensure she doesn't have those substances sneaking into her diet. Speaking of formula, I love that this lady is not judgmental about breastmilk vs. formula. There are some of us that just can't unfortunately...and for most of us, it hurts our hearts that our babies can't have that wonderful gift, so the last thing we need is someone getting preachy and reminding us what kind of failure we already feel like.
My hope is that we can start her off right with solid foods that are wholesome, homemade and nutritious!
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