Super Baby Food Paperback – Nov 1 2000
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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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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. :-|
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 (!).
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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it is what it is.....nothing you couldn't google today. Lots of common sense in there.Published 2 months ago by Sonia Fialho
good info but didn't realize it came out in 2006 until after i bought it. a bit repetitive also.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for first time mamas! I wanted to keep my baby as healthy as possible once he started on solids and this book was excellent with instructions on not only what the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jamie Andrade
I haven't had a chance yet to read the entire book, but so far it is very helpful for a first time mother! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author rambles a bit, and there are a lot of sections that I did not use (like I really have time to make my own grains! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Little One
Overall a really useful book. I wish there were more recipes for younger self feeders and less purrees. Read morePublished 19 months ago by L. Burton
This book was great for helping me know when, how and with what foods when introducing solids.
- great for helping me feel ready and gauging my baby's... Read more
Love this book, it's an excellent resource that lays open on my counter most days. I wish I had it pre-solid food as well, its loaded with great info for the liquid and solid... Read morePublished on May 7 2013 by Moe
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