Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby
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Babies grow more rapidly in their first year than at any other time in their lives, so how you feed your newborn will be one of the most important decisions you make for your new baby.
Making your own baby food is not only more economical than buying commercial brands, it also assures that your child consumes only the freshest, top-quality ingredients. British television personality and children's nutrition expert Annabel Karmel's essential collection of best-ever purees grants new parents their wish: one hundred quick and easy recipes that will make for a healthy and happy baby. From first tastes and weaning, right through to meals for older babies, all the recipes are suitable for children aged six months and older. And with all these fruit and vegetable favorites, and innovative fish, meat, and chicken purees, the dishes are so tasty you will want to eat them yourself!
In addition to easy and delicious recipes, Top 100 Baby Purees also includes information on:
Weaning your baby and transitioning to solid foods
Time-saving food preparation tips
Freezing and reheating your homemade baby food
Tricks on finding the hidden nutrition in everyday foods
Featuring a preface by Dr. Michel Cohen, New York pediatrician and author of The New Basics: A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent
Very simple, well organized book! Out of all the books I have checked out for making your own baby food, this book was the most simple & well organized of them all. It broke things down by ages/stages and was not too filled with "Getting started" topics. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make their own baby food!...more info
Good Ideas This book offers wonderful ideas. I only use a handful of them but the book was still worth it! ...more info
Great book this book is great but if you want recipes for all ages (4 months through 3 years or so) get "super food" book by the same author, has many puree recipes as well as alot more....more info
just what i needed I am happy with the book. I needed advice on which fruits/veggies to start on and which to graduate to. The book leaves me with little to have to figure out on my own! THat's what I need. It tells me what I can freeze and what I can't, what I need to mix with breastmilk or formula and what I can just mash up the way it is. I recommend it if you are going to make your own food! I use it with the baby food processor and it's just right!...more info
Great pictures, easy recipes Anyone who said these recipes were too complicated are probably use to boxed preservative meals and TV dinners. These recipes are easy, though I do substitute any ingrediant calling for chicken stock with water. One problem is the onions are too strong of a taste for such a little baby so I start to omit it from the recipes....more info
Baby, Meet Papaya... This nifty little book makes it easy to make the jump from feeding your baby green gloop that grows in jars to feeding you baby stuff that (gasp!) you can make yourself and your baby will actually like. I mean, no wonder kiddo doesn't like to eat something that's been sitting on the shelf for six months. Have you ever tasted some of those baby "foods" yourself? Wallpaper paste. I'm tellin' ya. Wallpaper paste.
Simple instructions make it easy to make and feed fresh organic foods to your baby. Explanations of what foods contain which kinds of nutrition help you make good food choices. Easy freezing instructions where applicable help add to convenience. Everything you need equipment-wise to follow these recipes is probably already in your kitchen. All the ingredients can easily be found at any grocery store.
Also, there is a section on the special feeding needs of preemies, which I was glad to see, since my son was a 32-weeker
In any case, where are you going to find banana-papaya baby food commercially? And that's my son's favorite. He giggles when he eats it.
The only reason I didn't give five stars is because I also have some questions about the appropriateness of feeding certain items to a less than 12 month old, like cheese and other milk products. I share with some other reviewers the urge to be careful with some recipes.
I would have had to give four stars anyway, because of the multiple pictures in the book of the author feeding her baby in a perfect pink 29 layer merengue and bows outfit with no food spatter anywhere. As if.
Great Gift I bought this for a friend who is expecting a baby and she loved it! She has a gluten intolerance so this cookbook will be very helpful for her and her husband. They loved it!...more info
Easy! A friend of my husband gave us this book & it has been great. I made the carrots, applesauce, butternut squash, pears & peas (in that order) and our baby eats with no problems. I have tasted everything and it is all delicious. My sister-in-law, who has a 7-year old child and plans to have another baby, tasted the pears and said she will "never" buy any pre-made baby food ever again! Some people in my family think I am trying to be like Martha Stewart, but trust me, it takes no time to prepare, with the assistance of a small electric hand blender/food processor. You will feel good that your baby has fresh, preservative-free foods. I strongly encourage any new mother to try it!...more info
Wonderful, Easy-to-Use Resource My 7-month-old started on "Stage 1" solid foods at 4 months, but they can be kind of watery. Making food homemade is not only fun, but easy,and you can test out different flavor combinations without having to throw away food (fruit purees can be used in dessert recipes for you, for example).
My baby loves everything I've made and really enjoys homemade peas pureed over the yucky, army-green store bought peas! ...more info
Easy, fast, inexpensive, & nutritious I sat in Barnes and Nobles for 1/2 an hour looking at different baby food cookbooks before I picked this one. I'm glad I picked this one because I love it! I like how the book is organized by age of child and lists if the foods can be frozen. I also like that the recipies are really simple, only a few ingredients and very easy cooking instructions. I make 3-4 weeks worth of food in about 2 hours & freeze it. It's cheaper than buying commercial foods & tastes a lot better. I tried the gerber banannas & the ones I made from the book & theres no comparision.
I modified some of the recipies to exclude the dairy & berries until my son is a little older. But overall this is a great book & I've been reccomending it to everyone. ...more info
We love this book at our house If you are going to make your own baby food this book is a must. It starts out with simple purees and moves on to a little more substancial foods - all great for baby's first year. I branches out to foods that you wouldn't normally think to feed a baby, i.e. avacados, fish, etc. The pictures are nice and the recipes are easy to follow. I would buy a hand emmersion blender if you don't already have one. I have only found 1 recipe that my son does not like. My family also likes to taste the foods I make from this book. I also like to use the Deceptively delicious book by Jessica Sienfield - I can make the purees for the baby and then also use them in the recipes in Jessica's book....more info
Terrible This book is very, very wrong about a lot of things. I asked my pediatrician about what I could feed my baby and a lot of things in this book he said NO. The time frame is awful. You are not supposed to give babies butter, onions, fish, eggs at 6 months of age. I will not use my book anymore and will get a new one....more info
Great book! This book is awesome. A quick word of advice for breastfeeding mothers. If you don't plan on feeding your baby a lot of solid foods until fully weaned do not make a lot of this food at one time. I made 5-6 recipes one day to stock my freezer, one month later I'm going to have to toss out some of it to make room for new foods as she is now 7 mo. old and ready to eat heavier stuff. The Trio of Vegetables recipe is a HIT and she voraciously eats it whenever I put that one in front of her. I love it too as it relieves any constipation she may get while breastfeeding.
I bought this book along with the "Blender Baby Food." Both are great, however this is my favorite as I like being able to see pictures. If you want to make your child's food please note, it IS easy and fun to do...I can't tell you how many people gave me a hard time for wanting to make my own and are now jealous that I don't have to go to the store, nor deal with all those empty jars. Ice cube tray's and ziplock bags are all that are needed to store the food. Highly recommended. You can probably get away with just this book as there are SO many recipes I doubt I'll ever get around to making them before she begins eating the real deal!...more info
Excellent Recipes - My Son Loves It All My sisters each have 2 children and none of them LIKE to eat healthy food. I have witnessed more meal time battles than I ever cared to. So when my husband and I had our first child this year, I was determined that we'd do whatever we could to avoid raising a picky eater.
My son is almost six months old (doctor said it was okay to start him on solid food at 4 1/2 months). He has tried everything in the age appropriate section and most of the items in the 6-7 months section and he loves them! I can't shovel the food in fast enough. He even loves the fish and vegetables with cheese sauce.
Note to people who are concerned about the cow's milk: Ms. Karmel does state that cow's milk by itself should not be given to an infant, but that it has been shown to be okay to use in cooking other foods. If you're still leery about that, keep in mind that most of the recipes don't use cow's milk.
I always try everything myself before I give it to my son and the recipes actually taste really good. In fact, we all love Cinderella's pumpkin (I've made it as a soup).
I'm really excited to get to try the recipes for older kids too - they look fun and healthy. My favorite part is that I'm not trying to "sneak" anything into my baby's food. He's just learning that healthy food actually tastes good.
Excellent!!! I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of making their own baby food. It is SO easy to cook for your baby however, this book makes it MUCH simpler....and delicious! My daughter is now 8 months old and has absolutely loved every recipe I have tried from this book. I highly recommend it! ...more info
Wonderful, but be careful I love this book because it gives me the opportunity to know exactly what's going into my baby's diet. Not only does it provide recipes which use grocery items that me and the husband already buy, but it also includes informative nutrition information about the phytonutrients in the food.
However, be warned that the cheese sauce calls for milk, which due to its high number of proteins can cause an allergic reaction in children under the age of 2. A way around this is to follow the recipe for cheese sauce except leave out the milk and flour - it blends just as well....more info
Good Book I think this book lives up to the reviews here.
Great photos - a must for me. Good recipes for every stage. Simple and good. ...more info
Very helpfull For me this book vas very usefull. It gave me ideeas for so many recipes...more info
Excellent Cook Book! I wish I had purchased this book when my baby was younger. She is 10 months and loves everything I have made her from this book. Initially she did not want to eat the food - I think because she was not used to baby food that has so much flavor. Now she loves them! I have tasted everything I have made her and would honestly eat these meals myself. When she is older and chewing foods, I will make these recipes is larger quantities for the entire family. I love that the meals can be frozen and I made several batches at once, so there is always a variety of foods at hand for her. I would recommend making the vagetable / chicken broth to use in the recipes - this adds so much more flavor to the foods than just using water.
You won't regret purchasing this book. My husband jokes that our baby eats better than we do:o) ...more info
MY BABY AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I've probably used every puree recipe mentioned in the book and they are all great!!! I'm a very careful mom when it comes to cooking a meal for my son cause he is sensitive to some vegetables and fruits, but I find it very easy to remove certain items while cooking a recipe from the book and it still tastes GREAT! I totally recommend it for busy moms like me, who have no time to plan and cook for a meal. The book offers simple ingredients that you can find in any grocery store, and the recipes are very healthy and very simple to make!!
We absolutely love it and we're looking for more Annabel books!...more info
Good book If you have no idea how to make the home-made baby food then this is a good starter's book. The idea of the whole thing is more or less the same but once you read it and you can do your own alteration....more info
Good recipies, great pictures This book really got me excited for the babyfood making process. It has great pictures and recipies that sound really good. My baby has tried and loved a few of them so far. The only negative thing I would say is that a few of the foods in the recipies for the younger babies should really not be introduced until later. But as long as you do your research and know what not to give your baby until when, then this is a good resource....more info
great, easy to follow I love this puree book. It has some wonderful ideas, keeps instructions simple and the pictures are great. This is a handy reference for those who want to make their baby's own food. ...more info
Top 100 Baby Purees Book is excellent book for starting to go about making your own baby food. Recipes are simple & easy to follow w/additional tips placed throughout. Highly recommend!!!!!!!!...more info
I love this book My baby is just starting solids and this book is full of recipes perfect for getting her going. There are lots of ideas, things I hadn't thought of feeding her, and the recipes are easy. Making your own baby food is so much better than store bought stuff, and this book makes it easy to do. I highly recommend it....more info
Great Book Great book, but maybe a bit too much "fluff". I have enjoyed reviewing the 4-6 months recipes, but I haven't explored the other recipes for older babies. So far, a lot of it is common sense: peal veggies, steam, add stuff, freeze. I'm looking forward to some of the other variations later in the book. I made a lot of carrots, applesauce, pears, sweet potatoes at a fraction of the cost of buying it in the store. Organic carrots cost me $2.50 and I had enough to feed my baby for weeks. Compare that to organic baby food and this wins hands down. I modified some recipes, passing on the butter and adding breastmilk to some recipes. ...more info
Great Book! I love this book. The recipes are easy and so much better for my son than all the over processed food they sell in the store. Easy to whip up on the weekends and freeze to serve during the week!...more info
Great recipies, but very time consumeing The recipes were good, but they required a lot of prep time...much of which with a new little one in the house, I didn't have! I use it a lot more now that she is older and I have more time!...more info
This is ok, worth it! I do like this book, it has a lot of info. I actually typed in home made baby food and found better things all online but the book is nice. ...more info
ready to go I read an older version of this authors book from the library and had to have one for myself. I will be taking take of a new grandchild this fall and want to help my daughter with this sort of thing. I am excited to try the foods and to see how the baby likes things!...more info
So simple... so good I LOVE this book!! I borrowed it from the library a few times before I bought it on Amazon. The purees are so simple to make and my baby just loves the healthy baby food. The pictures in the book and the fast facts on the edges of the pages are filled with nutritional info and helpful tips. My baby loves food making day. She gets to lick the bowl. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to make their own baby food but were afraid of the time it would take to do it. Most recipes only take 5 to 10 minutes for a full batch of food. ...more info
Good basic recipes Easy recipes, nice photos. The recipes are conveniently broken into ranges for age-appropriateness and also an indicator of whether or not they can be frozen....more info
A mom's must have! I literally have used this book every day since my baby started eating baby food. He's almost a year now and I believe he is the healthiest he could be due to me making his food. I have bought this book for my pregnant friends and recommended it to other moms. You can simplify most of the recipes to make them quicker to prepare if you're short on time. Great buy!!...more info
Quick, easy recipes I have to say this hasn't solved my issue of not knowing what foods to introduce when...but it is an easy to use cook book. My 7 month old likes everything I've made. It is by a British author, so some of the dishes I don't recognize, and won't make, but for the most part it's really concise and easy to use; the most important attribute for a mom with a baby is quick, easy, healthy, tasty! ...more info
Shipping address problem Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby
The book was as ordered. Over 2 years ago I ordered a magazine as a gift, I also renewed it, and the shipping address was still listed when I ordered above book. Somehow I didn't get it changed;it went to CA and I paid an additional $10 to have it overnited to me in MN. Why aren't shipping addresses deleted after the order. Not too likely that I would always be shipping to the same person. Connie...more info
great buy This book is exactly what I wanted for my new baby - an easy set of directions for making various baby foods, using fresh produce and no preservatives....more info
Great Book for Beginning Eaters! This is a great book and the pictures are a nice touch as well. A friend lent it to me to read and I liked it so much, I purchased one for myself and another two to give as gifts for friends/family. I reference it almost daily for recipes or general information on baby nutrition and preparation/storage of her food. ...more info
Great recipes, beautiful book I love this book. The recipes are simple, delicious and age-appropriate. I've even served the leftovers to the adults in the family with just a little added salt. The layout and photos are beautiful and inspiring.
I also recommend the Williams-Sonoma baby cookbook, which answered some questions I had about why it's okay to cook with dairy for babies are too young to drink cow's milk (because you are only using a little bit and because milk is more indigestible than other forms of dairy, like yogurt or cheese)....more info
More adventurous cooking This book was recommended to me by my girlfriend who has 2 boys who eat really well as a reference for more adventurous recipies. It is well presented and has some great recipies and combination ideas especially once you have introduced some of the basic foods. I also enjoyed the tips and food facts which you are given with the recipies themselves. My only concern was the inclusion of things like tomatoes and citrus fruits (strawberries, blueberries) at 6-7 months as these are possibly allergic foods and I personally wouldn't introduce them that early. However, there is a good introduction that goes over allergies, starting solids etc which is worth reading first. I am sure that this will be well used in the future!...more info
Looks like a great book I have yet to try the recipes in this book but have read through it. The layout is very well done, with cooking time, portion sizes and freezing recommendation for each meal. The meals looks rather simple to make, but also flavorful. I'm prety sure this will be a favorite once I actually put it to use....more info
Excellent Ideas This book is filled with some great money saving ideas for homemade baby food. I found it very helpful when planning meals for my child....more info
Fussy little book Some of the vegetable and fruit combinations were creative in this book, and it certainly has pretty pictures, but in terms of providing useful information and recipes, it was somewhat disappointing, and at times even insultingly simplistic: I.e., How to make banana mush: take a banana, peel it, and mash it with a fork and serve. Now, why would someone need to explain this in a book? I suppose if you really are at a loss in a kitchen, this book might offer some useful advice, but it is not for anyone who has even a minimum of cooking experience. Because some of the food combinations were so unique, this might be a good second or third choice for a baby food library, but I suppose I was looking for a more authoratative book with information on the whys and hows of food introduction....more info
Helpful information Love it. Lots of ideas specially for people that hate the kitchen like me and don't have very good cooking ideas.
The fact that tells you what is suitable for freezing or not is very helpful. I have tried the recipes before giving them to the baby and they actually taste good....more info
great help I love this book. It is very helpful and not only has recipes but info on the growth and nutrional needs for your baby....more info
Great, easy book I have had a lot of fun with this book so far. It's nicely put together and has great visuals too. I have just started feeding our baby solids so I haven't gotten to make much more than the cooked veggies, apples and cinnamon and uncooked fruits such as banana and avocado but this book will come in handy for the stages ahead when he eats more complex meals. It sure saves a lot of money making your own and I feel better knowing exactly what he's eating, how fresh it is and that I am not contributing all those glass jars to the landfills or having to recycle them. I've tried jarred baby food and it's not very tasty. The fresh food I have made I would eat myself so no wonder he goes crazy for it. This is a great little book. You won't be disapointed....more info
Nice book, BUT be careful with some recipes For example, there are recipes with fish and cheese for ages 7-9, while fish are not reccomended for babies until 2 years of age and cheese for babies until 12 months. Then scrambled eggs for ages 9-12 months - babies should not have egg whites until 12 months and the later you introduce them the better. The author might be a good cook, but she definitely doesn't know anything about what are babies NOT supposed to eat to prevent allergies and other problems....more info
Good but contradicts what our pediatrician told us Great recipes and the baby seemed to like most of them. The pediatrician advised us that we should not feed certain foods to the baby before 1 year but many of those foods are present in dishes in this book. Also, some of the items are, for lack of a better word, oriented around British tastes and are a little foreign to what you might have in a typical American fridge. But all in all, if you want to make babyfood yourself, this is a helpful way to start. ...more info
Annabel Karmel - Top 100 Baby Purees This book is excellent value and full of great ideas and baby meals. So easy to do and safe in the knowledge that you are doing the right thing for your baby. Would definately recommend this for someone who is just weaning their baby and wants to give them a great start to the world of taste and enjoyment....more info
great book I looked through many books so that I could make my daughter her own food. This book gives a lot of recipes. I'm happy that I chose this one. ...more info
Perfect Cookbook!!!! This book is so wonderful! I have used it to make all of my baby's first purees! I wouldn't have known what to do without it, it has been a lifesaver! It is so easy to follow, anyone can do it! You won't be disappointed with this book!...more info