Foodie Friday: Book review

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This week, the Foodie Friday column will review a book that was recommended highly by several moms of HDYDI. A cookbook, you say? For babies? I don’t even cook for myself! And that’s where having twins makes this cooking thing seem like a good idea. Have you SEEN what babyfood costs at the grocery store? Times two? For those of us who like cooking and can get excited by the idea of cooking for babies, this cookbook is for you. For those  of you who aren’t sure about it, I recommend doing a bit of research. Maybe making babyfood is easier than you think! Maybe you can make some and buy others. And for those of you buying little jars…we’re not judging you! We each do what we can, and those jars are full of nutritious, yummy (have you ever tasted the banana babyfood? That’s good stuff!), good food. Me, I liked the idea of cloth diapers. For a minute. Before I had twins. Then the idea of saving the environment went out the window—survival was key! But anyway, back to baby food.

The book:

Petit Apetit, by Lisa Barns

This is a baby cookbook written by a woman who is both a mother and a professional cook. Her goal is to create nutritious, fun, good tasting, adventuresome meals for babies and toddlers. It leans toward organic foods, but obviously you don’t have to buy organic in order to prepare the recipes.

Quick labels: It also has little icons next to each recipe so you can quickly see if it is egg-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian etc.  This is great if you are waiting to introduce some foods (eggs, wheat etc..) or if you baby has some food allergies or intolerances.

Sample recipes: Baby bean dip (black beans & yogurt), Baby Biscotti, Baked Ricotta Cake, Portobello Burgers, no-egg pancakes & curry and herb peas. Yum.

Organization: Recipes are broken down into sections by age. It is for babies and toddlers, so happily, the book will still be useful once your kids have passed the pureed food stage (a downcheck of another good baby cookbook, Annabel Karmel’s baby purees).  Of course, check in with your pediatrician around what food recommendations he/she has. Each doctor has a slightly different recommended schedule of when to introduce certain foods.

TIP If you don’t already have ice cube trays, buy the silicon kind. It makes getting those ice cubes of baby food out of trays even easier!

Happy cooking!

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