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Super Baby Food Paperback – Nov 1 2000

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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: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 354 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,126 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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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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I bought this book because I wanted clear instructions as to what food to make for my baby so that she will have complete nutrition. I was very excited when I started reading the book because the author started out talking about feeding in general, and I enjoy getting the larger context of what I am reading about/trying to learn. However, I kept reading, and quickly the author started talking about her Super Porridge, and she never stopped. This should be called the Super Porridge book. In addition, the diet she recommends for baby includes things like kelp, tahini, and some other things that seem really out there for a baby and not really in everyone's pantry. The diet she recommends, while probably healthy for adults, seems really unusual for a baby who is supposed to discover tastes, and not go to a friend's birthday party and ask for the kelp. I am all for healthy food (I homecook every meal for my baby), but I was more looking at focusing on the usual way to get nutrients, from the normal sources (fruit, vegetables, dairy, grains, meats), and I was more looking for a breakdown as to when to feed what and how much. I am NOT looking to spend all my Saturdays shopping at the local health food store. :-S
The book also focuses on cost saving tips that are ridiculous, such as measuring how much water to boil before boiling it, so that you don't spend the extra energy on water you will later throw out because you have boiled to much. I mean, seriously?
I could go on, but I don't want to spend any more time on this book. I think feeding your baby healthy food is simple, and this author is making it seem like a super-complex exotic pursuit. And oh ya, the secret is always her Super Porridge. :-|
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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 350..[more flipping]'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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