This is the book I wish I had had when E was starting solids, oh so many months ago. I wanted to make homemade baby food but found it difficult to actually do when I had an infant to take care of. The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book by Lisa Barrangou addresses exactly this obstacle.
Barrangou is passionate about starting babies out on whole foods, and draws on her experience in the homemade baby food business to lay out a realistic plan to help parents create 3 months of homemade purees in three hours.
The book follows Barrangou's 6 step strategy for preparing homemade baby food:
- Select a menu of whole foods
- Prepare a shopping list
- Create space
- Shop for whole foods
- Create a mise en place plan
- Prepare baby food (divided into 3 1-hour cooking sessions)
Barrangou guides readers through each step, providing tips produce selection tips, direction on how to create a mise en place plan, and a list of tools needed for preparing and storing food. She also delves into how to build meals, sample menus for getting baby started on solids, flavor compatibility guides and mix-ins to add to the purees.
The bulk of the book is naturally devoted to step 6, the recipes: preparing purees, creating combination purees, and finger foods to make as baby progresses beyond purees. As the mom of a toddler, I would have liked to see more finger food recipes, but I understand that wasn't the main focus of the book.
Two appendices cover health information, preparation tools, and conversion charts.
As I've come to expect from Ten Speed Press cookbooks, The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book is beautifully styled and includes a useful index.
If you have an inkling to prepare homemade baby food for your little one, this is the only baby food cookbook you'll need.
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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.