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From celebrated children’s-food author Lisa Barnes,
Cooking for Baby is a fully illustrated, gorgeous, four-color
book that takes parents through the basics of preparing nutritious,
delicious (and easy!) meals for your child, from six to eighteen
months.

Parents today know that one of the best ways to give a
baby a great start in life is with wholesome, homemade foods. While
ready-made baby food is a convenience that any new parent can
appreciate, feeding everyday fresh foods is the best way to teach a
child healthy eating habits and an appreciation for good food from the
cradle onward.

The eighty recipes in Cooking for Baby
make preparing delicious meals for babies and toddlers a breeze, even
for busy parents. The recipes are organized by age, showing how to
introduce cereal grains and simple vegetable and fruit purees to your
infant at six months, how to move on to chunkier foods by eight or nine
months, and how to graduate to real meals for young toddlers of twelve
to eighteen months to enjoy along with the entire family. When you see
how easy it is, with a few smart tips on preparation and storage,
you’ll never go back to the jars.

With Cooking for
Baby
, your youngster will enjoy a wide variety of fresh and
interesting foods for a very happy and healthy beginning.

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Reviews for Cooking for Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months:

2

December 5, 2012

Not what i was looking for.
This book has lots of pretty pictures but thats not what i need, i need a recipe book with lots of yummy recipes for my daughter, this book was a disappointment. It only had a few good recipes and everything else was pretty standard that you would already know to do your self. Mash bananas, puree apples etc.. I wanted recipes that were like something i would eat myself. I ended up ordereing a different book top 100 baby purees by annabel karmel and i LOVE that book! Much better. If you are deciding what recipe book to get, id go with that one instead.
2

January 18, 2011

make your own rice cereal....seriously!!?!
I almost couldn't decide whether this book was having a laugh at the reader's expense...I mean the second recipe is for baby's rice cereal and tells the reader to put a 1/4 cup of dry brown rice into a blender, pulverize into a powder (apparently I have time to do this....and listen to the ghastly noise I imagine it would make), and then boil water and cook this grit on the stove. Why on earth would anyone think this is a sensible idea....I wouldn't eat this, and I certainly wouldn't expect my baby to. This recipe, like many of the others in this book, seems to miss one of the fundamental points of the beginning of introducing solids. The purpose of rice cereal isn't to get nutritious healthy grain goodness into the baby, but to get them used to the texture of thickened food, so you can then move on to things that taste good. Like several of the other reviewers, I believe many of the recipes in this book are well-meaning, and based on good adult concepts of nutrition, but just fall a little off the mark in achieving the key purpose of the first year of solids, which should be to introduce a wide range of tastes and textures, and to get your baby ready for a long life of (hopefully) balanced culinary adventures.

My other big beef with this book is that while it is beautifully laid out, and there is plenty of information about the ingredients in the recipes, it seems to assume that none of its readers have ever set foot in a kitchen to cook for themselves. I almost lost count of the number of individual recipes that use a whole page that consist basically of 'take vegetable/meat/fruit x, steam until soft, add water and puree until smooth'. I don't need a book to do that for endless single food items. What I am looking for is something that offers some sensible combinations that may actually taste good. To be fair, the book does offer this at a later stage - over 9 months mainly. Given there is good evidence to show that a baby's receptiveness to new tastes and textures is maximum between 6 and 9 months it seems that this may be missing the boat. My personal standout for an inconceivably awful sounding recipe? "Baby lamb" - unsurprisingly this consists of baking the lamb chop until cooked through, chopping it, and then pureeing it with water. I have a very strong visual image of what this is likely to look, smell and taste like, and all three are ghastly. Is this designed to create a vegetarian child from the get go?

Which isn't to say that the book is all bad. There is a nice summary of spices and herbs that can be used, and there are a handful of good suggestions for combinations, as noted earlier, mostly for the older baby.

Personally, I love cooking, eating and entertaining, and food is a big part of our lives with family and friends. I want our child to have a similarly healthy relationship with a wide variety of foods, and I want to give him the very best start to this. This book is not, in my view, the way to start. If you want a book that seems to be written by someone who understands what tastes good, and how to make food fun, I don't think you can go past Annabel Karmel's Top 100 Baby Purees (she has written other good books on baby food also). WHile it isn't perfect (no book is), I think it does offer a great range of options and combinations that will provide the foundation for you to feel adventurous enough to try all sorts of different things yourself, so you won't need either book.
2

November 11, 2012

Not Practical
I received this book as a gift and was successful with the purees in the 6 month section. I enjoyed how the book was laid out by age, and that all of the recipes involve high quality, nutrition packed ingredients. However, as the book got further along, the recipes got much more time consuming, and some required specialty ingredients. Some recipes just didn't work for me at all, the most frustrating of which was a recipe for Lentil Burgers. The recipe took an hour to complete from start to finish (not at all practical when you have a toddler running around getting more and more hungry), and didn't turn out at all like the book said it would. Their dried apricot and dried prune puree was pretty ridiculous. First of all, why dry a fruit, when you then just have to soak it to rehydrate it? If it's not apricot season, there are some delicious organic canned options. The dried fruits left a super sticky, very thick puree that even after adding a ton of water was so sticky that I was afraid my 7 month old wouldn't be able to swallow it.

All in all, this book has the right idea - I just didn't find the recipes practical or easy to make.
2

September 2, 2013

You don't need a book
I don't know why i bought it...sometimes i over think everything.

Just grab whatever fruits and veggies are in your kitchen and make food for your baby with it. As with most baby books it preys on the insecurities of parents who think they have to come up with something intricate. Get local, organic and in season and you will be all set. I am French, no one ever used books there to make baby food and the kids eat better
2

June 24, 2011

Good idea, terrible recipes
I bought this book for my first son who is now two. I like the "idea" of the book, in that it takes you through the stages of what is age appropriate and how to cook simple foods. My second son is now starting solids so I'm looking at this book to get some ideas, but I won't use the recipes.

The pictures are beautiful, but the recipes are absolutely TERRIBLE. Disgusting in fact. The pumpkin pancakes were so salty they were inedible. The buckwheat crepes sounded like a good idea, but they were really bland and just all around bad tasting. My son eats everything, but the recipes from this book are awful. He never ate anything I made from this book. I won't even eat them.
2

November 13, 2010

Too complicated
Are you kidding? These recipes are more complicated than adult recipes. All the puree recipes for the under age 1 group are not worth the money of buying this book. The reason I gave 2 instead of 1 star is because the pictures look enticing.
1

September 4, 2014

One Star
Anything that says you should microwave your baby's food is a piece of trash.
1

July 6, 2011

disappointed
I was disappointed in this book. For the most part, I could've gotten this information on-line. The take away is to steam and puree all foods. The pictures are attractive, however, I was looking for more information.
5

June 7, 2013

Good for New Moms who ENJOY Cooking
I would recommend this to those who truly enjoy cooking and are committed to making their kiddo's baby food.

I already make the majority of my family's meals from scratch and buy ingredients that are fresh or processed as little as possible. So for me, this book is awesome. I could try to steam and roast things on my own, but not knowing ideal cooking times and whether they will freeze well or not is something I'm grateful to have down on paper in a cookbook!

I love the variety suggested in it - the baby food aisle has NOTHING on my freezer.

My kid loves everything I've fed him from this cookbook - well, all but the plum puree - I think the plums weren't quite ripe enough (oops) and were too tart (poor thing).

The grains (barley, quinoa) are something I wouldn't have known to try and he loves those. Only advice on grains/rice would be to skip trying to pulverize it pre-cooking and just puree it after it's cooked.

Book is easy to follow - stages make sense - although those are only guidelines (talk to pedi). Would make a nice gift for a mom who is expecting and wants to make her baby's food. Highly recommend for the DIY-in-the-kitchen kinda mom.
2

March 1, 2015

Beware of some of the recipes and suggestions
I was excited to get this book and am happy that I am now considering new cooking techniques such as steaming and roasting thanks to it. However, as an environmental geographer with a PhD I was immediately disturbed by Ms. Barnes' suggestion that we can use bottled water for the baby (plastics of different compounds typically leach to bottled water) and that we use vegetable oil for certain recipes. Vegetable oils of any kind are known irritants to small intestines and lead to inflammation. They should not be used by babies...I hope the later editions will work with a trained nutritionist or a doctor.
2

April 14, 2012

Wasted ingredients because of a mistake
I just wasted all the ingredients because there was a mistake in the recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes.

It calls 1 tbsp baking soda and being an experienced cook, I thought that was too much. But I wasn't paying much attention because of the toddler on my pant leg.

So there was a nice little reaction with the vinegar and it tasted like you know what.

I believe it should be 2 tsp, which is double amount as the baking powder - typical for a recipe. What a waste!
3

February 4, 2017

Some recipes are good. Some of the recipes are literally just one ...
Some recipes are good. Some of the recipes are literally just one ingredient plus breast milk.... that's not a recipe- I don't need a book for that.
3

November 4, 2014

Not enough quick details for a busy mom
Not my favcorite. Too many words. For a busy stressed mom, I wanted a nice feeding schedule a grid of how the food could progress in type with age and some other details like when to feed milk between or with the solids. The helpful, useful info is basic and good in that regard.
3

April 26, 2014

very basic recipes
i bought this book as a gift for a friend who is interested in cooking for her seven month old. i love the hard-cover book and pictures. the recipes are pretty basic for the first few chapters (they are divided into age groups: 6 months, 7-9 months, 9-11 months, and 12-18 months). i do like the charts throughout the book that focus on things like herbs or seasonings to try or snacks for toddlers. you can get lots of information quickly. there are little "sidebars" of info with some recipes too -- like information about the veggie/fruit (like mushrooms, or mangoes, or tips for substitutions). i like the number of pictures in the book too, although not every recipe comes with a picture. overall, i was hoping for more interesting recipes that aren't available with any google search, but the book is really colorful and nice to look at.
4

Oct 04, 2009

Probably the best baby food cookbook that exists. And probably because once you get out of the purée section, you find yourself saying If I just double the recipe and "thinly slice" instead of "finely dice" the lamb then this will be frickin' awesome. Seriously. A baby food cookbook that is unafraid to cite coriander, garlic, and/or polenta in the recipes... Well, it's starting to sound an awful lot like a normal adult cookbook. Maybe even a gourmet cookbook.

That being said, I believe that the Probably the best baby food cookbook that exists. And probably because once you get out of the purée section, you find yourself saying If I just double the recipe and "thinly slice" instead of "finely dice" the lamb then this will be frickin' awesome. Seriously. A baby food cookbook that is unafraid to cite coriander, garlic, and/or polenta in the recipes... Well, it's starting to sound an awful lot like a normal adult cookbook. Maybe even a gourmet cookbook.

That being said, I believe that the irony of the cover art is totally unintentional. What's that you say? Ironic? Consider this: once you get (again) past the purée section (which is really quite small), what you have is practically the ANTI-baby food cookbook. And yet what gets featured on the front cover? A green purée of... peas? Whatever it is, the image is the paradigmatic baby food image: green, puréed but lumpy, and totally unappetizing—the exact opposite of what you want to feed yourself (or, for that matter, feed your baby). ...more
5

May 30, 2014

Tons of Easy, Yummy Recipes
First off, my baby loves the recipes included in this book. It is sectioned off by stages -- providing starter foods for first tastes, then moving to more substatial recipes and combinations, and finally toddler foods with lots of tastes and textures. It has lots of tips, including guidelines for refrigeration or freezing the food. The recipes are very similar to the sorts of things the adults in our family eat -- veggies, fruits, roasted meats, even risotto! I want my child to experience real food and not get into the chicken nugget rut. These recipes will help develop a nice palate in children.

Second, I am a fan of cookbooks and have quite a collection. This book ranks up there with some of the best books I have -- nice quality photography, ease in reading and following recipes, variety in recipes, helpful introductions and tips for cooking specifically for babies.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned cook, this cookbook is a great choice for anyone wanting to make homemade baby food. All you need is this book, a steamer basket, and a food processor or blender. Easy!
5

June 13, 2016

Simple and healthy
Did I mention delicious? I have used this cookbook for the past 4 years. It helps me to plan a variety of nutritious first foods that slowly advance in taste and texture. The "1st birthday carrot cake" has been a hit at parties year after year and it does not contain too much sugar. The recipes are easy to make and each one can be used with other recipes in the book.
5

Sep 06, 2010

Until I laid my hands on this, I hadn't read any baby cookbooks at all. Wow, was this full of a lot of useful information! I sincerely learned several something-news in each chapter! The preparation instructions actually informed my choices regarding what items got put on my Christmas wishlist! There's a "baby broth" recipe (on page 44) that I may make my regular homemade stock (since most store-bought stocks are unsafe for me.) I think I'll copy out the spices and herbs info pages (42/43), Until I laid my hands on this, I hadn't read any baby cookbooks at all. Wow, was this full of a lot of useful information! I sincerely learned several something-news in each chapter! The preparation instructions actually informed my choices regarding what items got put on my Christmas wishlist! There's a "baby broth" recipe (on page 44) that I may make my regular homemade stock (since most store-bought stocks are unsafe for me.) I think I'll copy out the spices and herbs info pages (42/43), because I'm still not 100% certain what herbs and spices go with what. There are tonnes of recipes in this book that, although they're billed as baby food, I think I'll try making them for my whole family, like the cheese sauce (pg 95), whipped cauliflower (pg 36), rice noodle primavera (88), blackberry ricotta parfait (83), avacado cheese spread & fruity smoothie (66), buckwheat crepes (96), pumpkin alphabet soup (101), veggie fritters (107), hidden veggie sauce (112), meatballs w/polenta (114 -- I've been looking for a good meatball recipe!), fish fingers (124), pumpkin pancakes (132), & carrot cupcakes (134). So, I'm either doing a lot of copying out, or I'll buy myself a copy of this helpful little book! ...more
2

September 3, 2014

Lamb? Really?
I don't typically write negative reviews but this book is just not doing it for me. Very odd recipes for children. Lamb, parsnips goat cheese, come on! Your better off just going to google or figuring it out on your own.
2

June 4, 2011

Limited recipes
I was a bit disappointed with this book. I wish the book had more recipes or food combinations for babies just starting out solids. It is a bit limited. The book does offer some good recipes for the later months.
3

July 27, 2016

Three Stars
I like how the recipes extend into the toddler years.
3

February 4, 2015

Pretty simple really
This boom is ok, I ended up just cooking and purée ing veggies... Pretty simple really. I didn't really need a book to do that.
3

January 1, 2015

This ia a good book, but it really is moatly using common ...
This ia a good book, but it really is moatly using common sense on how to make the foods into baby food.
3

January 30, 2014

Very basic baby food cookbook
This book has lovely photos and is nicely laid out, but it the recipes are very basic and nothing more than you can figure out alone (cook peas, mash, serve as puree). There are a few recipes which I will try, and I like the suggestion to include mint with peas (my baby is tolerant at least!), but in hindsight I believe the book was not worth the money. Perhaps the best target audience would be someone with a very young baby who wants to think a few months out-- it is a good very basic primer.
3

August 18, 2013

Good book if you cook for your baby alot
I found the book very good, great recipes, I just didnt use it as often as I thought I would.

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