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Better Baby Food: Your Essential Guide to Nutrition, Feeding and Cooking for All Babies and Toddlers Paperback – May 5 2001

3.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose; 1 edition (May 5 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077880030X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778800309
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 617 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How much are adult tastes in food formed by the quality of baby food? Infants raised on the recipes included in Better Baby Food already have the advantage of a mother or father with sufficient time and equipment resources to make homemade food instead of purchasing those little jars. But even if a parent can't cook all of a baby's meals, some homemade foods in baby's diet are sure to satisfy both parent and child. Daina Kalnins and Joanne Saab start with information on general infant nutrition, breastfeeding, and formulas before addressing baby's first solid foods. Sectioning recipes into breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts, they give recipes for foods for each developmental stage from six months through 18 months and beyond. As baby matures, foods become suitable for adults, too, offering treats such as shepherd's pie and ratatouille. Truly pampered tots even get a fully seasoned risotto minus only the wine. Measurements appear in American and metric measures, and recipes carry brief nutritional analyses. Mark Knoblauch
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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An excellent and ideal source for parents, especially new parents ... It is a true blessing for parents to have such a source handy and readily available for use at home. It is definitely recommended for personal use and a great book for public libraries. (Kavita Mundle E-Streams 2002-04-01)

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Format: Paperback
I took this book out from the library, hoping for a few good ideas for what to feed my baby. I couldn't believe the amount of sugar recommended in everything from applesauce (every other baby cookbook I've seen uses only apples, sometimes with a little cinnamon) to sweet potatoes (add maple syrup!?) and squash. I'm trying to avoid sugar, white flour and milk products with my daughter and could hardly find a recipe that did not contain these ingredients.
I find it appalling and frustrating that those in health professions have such little sense for what constitutes good nutrition. I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering what I've been fed in hospitals in the past.
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Format: Paperback
As a Registered Nurse and mother of two small healthy children, I was surprised by the endorsement of this book by Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. The dependence on added salt and sugar and highly salted processed food to enhance the flavour of an infants food is not only unnecessary, it is undesirable. A recipe for an orange smoothie shake has a full tablespoon of white sugar in each serving for a child between 12 and 18 months. The introduction of salt and sugar early in a child's life promotes a dependence on them. In a time where one of the major threats to health is an increase in obesity and related illnesses we would be better served to prepare our children primarily fresh food, low in added fat, salt and sugar.
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Format: Hardcover
I was fascinated by this highly-rated book written by registered dieticians with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. What I discovered upon reading the book is why the children are so sick. While I was expecting recipes for healthy foods to get my daughter off to a good start, I found instead saturated fat and sugar-laden meals. A recipe for baked beans, recommended for 12 to 18-month-olds, calls for molasses, brown sugar and eight strips of bacon! Better that you should take your child to a fast-food restaurant.
If you are really interested in raising a healthy child, try "Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron. Not only are the recipes full of nutrition, but the book also includes tips for making child-friendly cleaning products and other projects.
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Format: Hardcover
I stumbeled upon this book just when my son (who is 1)had just started to refuse to be spoon fed by myself, husband or my son himself! I was starting to worry that he was not getting the proper nutrition that he required. This cookbook helped! The into was particulary helpful, with the sample menu's and how to start feeding your child "adult" food. I refer to these menu's all the time and they reassure me that I am doing a good job on offering my child nutrition.
As for earlier reviews that the cookbook is filled with sugar and fat filled recipes, well yes there are some that I would not feed my child, but you can also alter these recipes to your preference. However, the majority of these recipes are an excellent way to start your child off healthy.
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Format: Paperback
What I love so much about this book is that it introduces so many foods in many different ways. I served one of the spinach recipes with leftover Swiss Chalet chicken and fries but all my two year old wanted was more spinach. And yes there was cheese (some people read "fat") in the recipe which I see people commenting about but think of all the vitamins and minerals she was getting from it? Any cookbook that can get a two year old to happily eat spinach, pad thai and stew is excellent in my opinion. I'm all for eating a wide variety of all types of foods (even including SOME fat and sugar) and avoiding processed packaged food as much as possible. That is exactly what this books gives you the tools to do.
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By A Customer on May 17 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a new mom and purchased this book to help me better understand how to feed my infant daughter. This book is laid out very well and is easy to read. There is a question and answer section for each stage of development as well as information on avoiding allergies, etc. Also, there are some recipes listed for those of you who want to make some of your child's food from scratch. I would definitely recommend this book if you would like a clear cut program for how to feed your child from infancy through toddler years. It is laid out very clearly with step by step guidelines to follow. The authors offer good suggestions and are very knowledgable about childhood nutrition.
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Format: Paperback
When I was raising babies I was completely unprepared for what to feed them, how much to feed them, and when to introduce new healthy foods. A few years ago I purchased this book when searching for a baby gift for a friend. Now I buy both the Better Baby Food and Better Food for Kids for all my friends and relatives having babies. Everyone loves this gift!! I even purchased a copy for myself and still find the recipes great for teenagers and just the presentation makes the recipes look so simple. I also like checking the nutritional value and feel better knowing what goes into each recipe. These books are incredible and I will continue to purchase them.
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