The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet (**GIVEAWAY**)

Even before Noah was born, I made a vow that part of my “greening” of my life was that I was going to make my own homemade baby food ~ and even further, was going to do this with as much organic and all-natural products as I could.  In the beginning, and even through today while making all of Amelia’s baby food, there are certain books that have guided me through and taught me the art of cooking for an infant and toddler.

The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet, published by Fair Winds Press, is a comprehensive compilation of over 200 nutritious and delicious homemade baby food recipes, including more than 60 infant purees.  The authors come from the cream of the crop in their designated fields.  Karin Knight, R.N., is co-author of the best-selling book The Baby Cookbook (more than 43,000 copies sold) and 1-2-3 Cook for Me. Before turning cooking into an occupation, she spent twenty-five years working as a registered nurse. She currently resides in Montana with her husband.

Tina Ruggiero, M.S., R.D., L.D., is a sought-after nutritionist, spokesperson, and author.  Fondly called the “Gourmet Nutritionist,” Tina is heard on TV and radio, and her writing has appeared in magazines such as FamilyMen’s Health, and First for Women. Tina is president and founder of her own nutrition consulting firm where she helps both corporations and consumers.  She is also a nutrition correspondent for NBC’s syndicated television show Daytime where she is seen regularly by millions of viewers around the nation. Her blog, www.voiceofreason.net, is often cited in magazines, newspapers, and on the Internet for its reliable, accurate, and inspiring content.

The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet was nominated for the 2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals annual Cookbook Awards competition.  Considered the gold standard among cookbook awards and widely lauded as the most selective in the industry, the IACP has been presenting its cookbook awards for more than 25 years to promote quality and creativity in culinary writing and publishing.   Past nominees include Julia Child, Mark Bittman, and Thomas Keller, among others.

Preparing simple, homemade food in the comfort of your own kitchen is one of the greatest gifts you can give your little one. Not only does it allow you to nourish your child with the most pure and wholesome ingredients, but it also gives you the peace of mind of knowing what has gone into every bite your baby takes.

Full of recipes to suit every age and stage — from six months all the way to twenty-three months — The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet shows you how simple and easy it is to prepare food your baby will go absolutely ga-ga for. From quick purées like Mighty Tasty Blueberry and Pear Mash and No-Cook Prune Purée, to new and nourishing meals like Sweet Omelet Surprise and Finger-Lickin’ Good Lentils and Potato with Cheese, you’ll find it a breeze to prepare any and all of the recipes you and your little one fancy.

And to make things even more easy-peasy, you’ll find each recipe also contains:

  • Two methods for preparation — stovetop or microwave — wherever applicable, so you can whip up recipes in whatever time you have. Many microwave options make it possible for meals to be made in less than 10 minutes.
  • An easy-to-spot snowflake icon on all recipes suitable for freezing, so you can make baby’s meals at your convenience, or in batches, to save time and money.
  • A complete nutritional analysis, so you can be sure you’re giving your child the best possible start.

While perusing the QBookshop website, I came upon this great feedback chart that accompanies the book.  This feedback chart is also found in the last pages of the book and is a great guide to follow the likes and dislikes of your child.

Some other great attributes that I found in this book was that the whole entire book is printed in color, beautiful pictures and step by step recipes. For those parents that are just starting off, the first chapter, “1,2,3 Homemade: Your Pure and Simple Guide to Making the Best Baby Food on the Planet” contains a wealth of starter tidbits from whether you should buy organic or not, what tools and foods you need to start, safety information and more!

I really LOVED this book!  I am not giving up my other books that I have as my favorites, but rather, this one will join the collection.  I have referred to this book and prepared recipes from this book a multitude of times since I received it for review and would HIGHLY recommend it to any parent that is considering or is an expert at preparing their own homemade baby food!  The only thing that I did not see in this book that I would also expand and recommend, is in the equipment recommended to begin.  They mention a baby food grinder, cooker, food mill, hand-held blender or standard blender.  I found that the best option for my home has been an 11 cup Cuisinart food processor.  This bad boy can puree up a storm and is easy to remove the purees and transfer them into ice cube trays for freezing.

One of the recipes that I tried on Amelia and she loved was their Buttered with Love Green Beans.  Green beans are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including iron and vitamins A, C and K.  Here are the steps that I took in cooking this meal :)

Amelia is 9 months old and can do basic finger foods now, so I was able to follow their directions and give the green beans to her as finger foods.

She loved them!

I also made her the chicken with sweet potatoes, which was a good recipe as well!

Granted, I have tried a LOT of these recipes throughout the book, but then this post would simply go on and on and on.  Feel free to comment or email with any additional questions regarding my own experience with this book.

I think that the best attribute of this book is that the recipes are divided up into categories based on the age of your child.  Therefore, you don’t have to worry about which foods are ok to feed them at which age.  Do remember, though, that there should be at least a 3 day “trial” window with any new foods to determine if a food allergy is present.  Every 3 days…..introduce a new food.

What I didn’t give to Amelia for a couple of meals, I pureed and froze for future use.

Honestly, this book is a GREAT book to buy for yourself, but also as a baby shower gift or gift for a new mom.  It really does take the hesitation and anxiety out of the thought of preparing homemade baby food!

BUY IT! The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet can be purchased at qbookshop.com for a price of $19.99, but is currently listed at $14.99 for a limited time only.  This book is also available as an e-book and can be purchased at the same aforementioned link, or also through these vendors Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Apple, Google Books …. and more!

CONNECT! Take a moment to visit the Fair Winds Press to view the other great publication and make sure to follow them through Twitter and on Facebook to stay up to date on their most recent releases.

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