Organic baby food cookbooks
7 Best Cookbooks For Homemade Baby Food Recipes - Julie Revelant
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Making your own baby food—and searching for homemade baby food recipes—may have seemed like a pie in the sky idea before the pandemic, but now that everyone has more time on their hands, they’re cooking more, and sharing family meals, it may be more realistic.
Feeding you child homemade baby food has so many benefits and it’s one of the best ways to encourage healthy eating habits from the start, particularly in light of a new study that found picky eating starts early.
Besides, as everyone has been stocking up on food and essentials, the demand for baby food has increased by 153% demand, which may make it tough to even find store-bought baby food.
So if you’re looking for homemade baby food recipes, food blogs are a great place to start. If you’re looking to have an entire guide to starting solids and infant nutrition, several recipes all in one place, and you like having a cookbook in your hands, here are 9 of my recommendations.1. LITTLE FOODIE, BY MICHELE OLIVIER & SARA PETERNELL
Written by baby food chef and founder of the Baby FoodE blog, Michele Olivier, and Sara Peternell, a board certified holistic nutritionist, (check out my interview with her for Fox News about infant cereal), Little Foodie: Baby Food Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste is one of the best cookbooks for meal ideas.
With over 100 unique recipes for every age and stage including fennel, pea and peach—yum!—the cookbook has a ton of helpful information on nutrition and eating habits and a how-to guide to make the process easy and quick.2. MAKE-AHEAD BABY FOOD COOKBOOK, BY STEPHANIE VAN’T ZELFDEN
One of the best new cookbooks for homemade baby food recipes is Make-Ahead Baby Food Cookbook: Meal Plans and Recipes for Every Stage, written by Stephanie Van’t Zelfden, a Brooklyn, NY-based registered dietitian-nutritionist.
What I love about this cookbook is that Van’t Zelfden focuses on teaching busy moms how to make homemade baby food quickly and easily with 4-week meal plans for every stage.
The book will teach you everything you need to know about starting solids, batch cooking, freezing, and reheating, and includes shopping lists, step-by-step recipes, a list of the best tools, and a ton of time-saving tips.3. THE BIG BOOK OF ORGANIC BABY FOOD, BY STEPHANIE MIDDLEBERG
The Big Book of Organic Baby Food: Baby Purées, Finger Foods, and Toddler Meals For Every Stage, by NYC-based registered dietitian-nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, includes over 230 healthy, delicious recipes for purees, smoothies, finger foods, and meals, as well as ideas for superfood combinations.
With a ton of homemade baby food recipes, and meal ideas for the whole family, this is one cookbook that you’ll rely on for years to come.4. SUPER EASY BABY FOOD COOKBOOK, BY ANJALI SHAH
If you’re a fan of Anjali Shah’s The Picky Eater blog, then you’ll definitely want to pick up her book, Super Easy Baby Food Cookbook: Healthy Homemade Recipes for Every Age and Stage.
From purées to toddler meals, this cookbook has more than 150 homemade baby food recipes, including make-ahead, puree recipes that you can batch cook, 5-ingredient toddler recipes you can whip up in 30 minutes or less, and sample menus that will help you save time in the kitchen.5. THE BABY AND TODDLER COOKBOOK, BY KAREN ANSEL & CHARITY FERREIRA
Gosh, I know I write about the “The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start,” every chance I get it, but it’s such a big part of my story and one of the reasons I started my blog.
With over 90 homemade baby food recipes, tons of evidence-based information, and time-saving tips, this cookbook is one that you’ll return to over and over again.6. BABY-LED FEEDING, BY JENNA HELWIG
In recent years, baby-led feeding (also known as baby-led weaning) has become a more accepted and popular way of feeding babies. Baby-Led Feeding: A Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters, written by Jenna Helwig, the Food Director at Real Simple serves up a how-to guide to baby-led feeding, including essential safety and nutrition guidelines, basic fruit and vegetable prep, plus more than 100 nutritionist-approved recipes and ideas.7. SAGE SPOONFULS, BY LIZA HUBER
With 66, easy homemade baby food recipes, plus hundreds of delicious food combinations, this award-winning cookbook has a ton of ideas for every age and stage, including no-cook recipes to help you save time.
Liza Huber, founder of the Sage Spoonfuls Baby Food Maker, also serves up a ton of information on nutrition, organic food, foods to avoid and food allergies.
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.
Top 10 Baby Food Cookbooks
This book is a must-have for parents weaning baby and starting on solids for the first time. It’s loaded with simple, practical recipes and advice. It also does the meal-planning for you! You’ll learn how to put together ingredients, how to explore new tastes and textures and how to deal with feeding problems. From $20, Amazon
The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook
With more than 130 recipes, this guide can help you feed baby from your own plate, so don’t have to serve separate meals for everyone in the family. $16, Kobo
First Meals & More: Your Questions Answered
This book definitely has the baby food newbie in mind. (We’re talking about you, not baby.) It’s got 50 fuss-free quick and easy recipes, plus tons of tips and helpful hints on what kids should eat and why they should eat it. Moms love it for the advice. Babies love it for the menu! From $25, Valore Books
Cooking for Baby
Here’s a cookbook that will carry you through each stage of solids. Cooking for Baby offers something wholesome, natural and fresh for every eater at each age. From grains and purées to finger foods, you’ll have it all. $20, Williams-Sonoma
The Petit Appetit Cookbook
Psyched about using healthy and all-organic ingredients in baby’s meals? Try this book, written by a mom for other parents who want to shy away from processed, preservative-filled foods. $17, Barnes & Noble
We’re loving Sage Spoonful’s mix of cooking-from-scratch and using store-bought ingredients. Perfectly realistic for busy parents! This book gives details on everything from food allergies and nutrition to foods to avoid. Plus, there are hundreds of recipes that baby will love to eat — and that you won’t get stressed making. $25, Sage Spoonfuls
Parents Need to Eat, Too
Author Debbie Koenig’s book is a hilarious reminder that mom and dad need to eat. It’s filled with nutritious, delicious and satisfying meals for adults (that you can make with one hand!) with instructions on how to prep baby’s food from the same ingredients. The best part? Every recipe was tested and approved by more than 100 new parents! $12, Barnes & Noble
Super Baby Food
Take baby from his first bites of solid food all the way through age three with this super healthy vegetarian cookbook. It’s got advice to help you get the most out of the best wholesome foods for baby (whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, veggies, fruits and yogurt!). $5, Biblio
Top 100 Baby Purées
Nervous about making the transition to solids? This book will give you the confidence you need. Divided into sections that give you comprehensive advice on what baby should be eating at every age, Top 100 Baby Purees has informative facts on how to prep and store baby meals. $12, Target
The Healthy Baby Meal Planner
Start your menu planning here! Make your own baby food affordably and easily, and get healthy eating advice from infancy to age three. $4, Amazon.com
Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.
Plus, more from The Bump:
Baby-Food Making 101 (It’s Easy, We Swear!)
New Parent Feeding Guide
Which Solids Are Safe for Baby?
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The 10 Best Cookbooks for Kids
Your child has already grown up - and you are thinking about interesting activities that you could do together? We invite you to go to the kitchen and try cooking. With any of the books below, you will not only be able to instill a new skill in your child, but also broaden your horizons, and most importantly, become even closer.
1. "Castor Bakes a Pie", Lars Klinting
Somebody, but Castor the beaver knows how to inspire. Following his example (and clear instructions), kids all over the world are trying to grow beans on the windowsill and carefully work with paints. And in this book, a cute and good-natured beaver will teach us how to bake a pie. Here is a step-by-step recipe, and a description of how to organize the process, and beautiful illustrations. You will see, even a three-year-old kid resolutely goes to the kitchen to try himself as a cook.
2. “Cooking with Petson and Findus”, Sven Nordqvist
The stories about the distracted old man Petson and his mischievous kitten Findus are so charming that it is absolutely impossible not to fall in love with them. And so the book of recipes from their favorite characters, children will also like it. The recipes here are grouped by season, and each season begins with a short story about the adventures of Petson and Findus. Each recipe contains another small story from the life of heroes associated with this particular dish. There will even be an excerpt about the famous meatballs :) The instructions are all simple, the ingredients are available, the step-by-step description of the process is detailed. Older children will be able to cook on their own, and for those who are younger, join yourself, the process is exciting!
3. “Mom, give me an apron!”, “Mom, give me an apron! and pencil”, Katerina Dronova
Heartfelt recipe books that the author wrote especially for her son. She explains how to make scrambled eggs, vanilla pancakes and much more in a completely simple and understandable language. In the first book, the recipes are collected according to the principle “from simple to complex”: there is a section “Home Alone” with quick dishes, and there is a section “Attention: guests!” with more complex instructions that will have to tinker with.
The recipes in the second book are divided by season: in the summer we will learn how to bake a blueberry-raspberry pie and make green lemonade, in the fall we will learn pumpkin waffles, in the winter we will make gingerbread, and in the spring we will learn cottage cheese cake. In addition, in the book you can write, draw, color and even cut out: for example, a Nutcracker bookmark, with which we will later mark our favorite recipes. Both books have wonderful pencil illustrations.
4. “What's the neighbor's lunch”, Felicita Sala
“We are all so different” is often heard around. Different nationalities, different traditions, different habits. But what does this mean for a child? The book by the Italian artist Felicita Sala will help to explain the charm of this diversity in a very visual and fascinating way - through food. Our world is a big house in which we live together with our neighbors. From the window of each of our neighbors comes a special smell - the smell of his favorite dish. Señora Leila cooks tomato spaghetti, Mr. Singh tastes his dal with coconut milk, and Mrs. Greenpie bakes delicious mini quiches. And now it's time to go downstairs and have dinner together. .. In general, a wonderful book that not only teaches you how to cook (and the recipes here are simple and interesting), but also respect other cultures and make friends with your neighbors.
5. Little Chef. Easy recipes for the whole family, by Teri Eleanor
A small but very beautiful book of simple recipes for young chefs. Do you want to have fun with your child and cook something unusual - something that we are used to, rather, order in a cafe? Croque Monsieur in Italian, for example, or chocolate mousse. "Little Chef" will help! Each recipe has notes which of the items the child can do on their own, and in which cases it is worth calling the parents for help.
6. “Pie Science for Children”, Irina Chadeeva
Is your child not eager to cook? Give him this book in his hands, and in half an hour he himself will lead you to the kitchen. After all, inside there are beautiful illustrations, entertaining puzzles and experiments, and most importantly, the secrets of cooking all the most delicious things in the world: truffles, muffins, Potato cake and real chocolate cake! The recipes are written in a simple and accessible language, besides, the book contains a lot of accompanying photographs, very lively and cheerful. An additional plus is a description of safety precautions in the kitchen, as well as many “technical” processes (why milk escapes, how dough is made from flour, etc.). In general, a wonderful book for a great evening with a child and an oven!
7. "We eat like in a fairy tale: Recipes for every day from your favorite children's books", Tatyana Alekseeva
We offer you to add some fabulous magic to the cooking process! Wouldn't the child want to cook the same meatballs that Little Carlson treated him to? And the same orange marmalade that Paddington Bear loves? Or even the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel? All the most delicious recipes from all the most beloved fairy tales are now collected in one book. A great tool for joint culinary creativity of children and parents.
8. “Alone at home. Cooking without Mom and Grandmother, Meshcheryakova Publishing House
Another excellent recipe book for young cooks with unpretentious, “homemade” dishes and simple recipes. An older child will be able to master many dishes on their own: various sandwiches, omelettes and cereals. Others will have to be mastered under supervision: there is chicken in the oven, and meatballs in sour cream sauce, and even herring under a fur coat - for true connoisseurs of the classics!
9. “How is the food? A Guide to Tasty and Healthy Food”, Maria Mazur, Alexandra Ulatovska
Not quite a cookbook, but rather an encyclopedia of food. Very accessible and humorous, she tells the younger generation about the principles of a healthy diet, about the delights of vegetables and fruits, and the important habit of drinking water. Such an actual manual will help to navigate the abundance of food not only for children, but also for many adults.
10. "The Secret Life of Vegetables: Funny Stories, Tasks and Experiments", Alena Vodopyanova
You probably liked this book already by its title – after all, we are talking about funny stories and experiments with vegetables, but what better way to make a child fall in love with healthy foods? A very witty, very exciting, and even beautifully designed edition with a lot of useful information (for example, about proteins, vitamins and fiber) definitely deserves attention. Evaluate the titles of the parts of the book: "The Case of the Dying Vegetables (investigated by Cherry Holmes and Dr. Tomatson)" and "Vacation in Borschelon". What about experiments? Get ready to dye cabbage leaves and cook purple scrambled eggs!
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10 cool children's cookbooks: recipes, stories, facts
Especially for you - a selection of excellent children's books, in which you can find interesting recipes and curious facts about food, and learn about the culinary traditions of different countries. Read, cook, enjoy!
Felicita Sala. “What does the neighbor have for lunch? Recipes worth sharing”
In house number 13 on Sadovnicheskaya Street, neighbors who love to cook have crept up: while Maria is mixing delicious guacamole, Señora Leyla is conjuring up aromatic spaghetti sauce, Jeremiah is rolling dough for cookies with chocolate chips from the fifth floor, and the twins Gemma and Rosie is about to have a banana-blueberry muffin in the oven. Oh, there are many more apartments in this wonderful house, and something very appetizing is being prepared in each! It's great that then the neighbors gather at a common table and treat each other. And we can also try any of the dishes: cook according to recipes from the book and invite friends.
Irina Chadeeva. "Pie Science for Children"
Why does chocolate melt in your mouth and in your hands? What causes milk to sour? Can you boil an egg on Everest? How to bake ice cream in the oven? And why, by the way, was the “potato” cake named that way? The book answers in detail even the most unexpected questions with which children usually deftly puzzle their parents. Having studied the theory together and looked at the instruction pictures, you can start practicing. Here, however, there will immediately be one difficulty: how to decide where to start? All the recipes are very tempting. How about baked apple ice cream? Or should we try the berry cakes first? Chocolate cake? You know what: decide for yourself!
Alena Vodopyanova."The Secret Life of Vegetables: Funny Stories, Tasks and Experiments"
It seems that having "arrived" from the garden to the kitchen, the vegetables are quietly lying on the shelves and in the drawers... But no! Did you know that a big Cabbage Ball usually takes place in September? The same one on which the famous musician Luka Poreev usually plays "Moon Spinach" and "Sorrel's Flight"? Have you heard how cleverly Detective Cherry Holmes and his friend Tomatson unraveled the last case? And in general, do you know what happened on the supoplane during the flight to Borschelona? Yes, you missed a lot! The beauty of this book is not only in fairy tale stories that will surely interest and make a child laugh. There are also curious vegetable experiments, interesting riddles and quick recipes.
Alena Vasnetsova. "The History of Sweets"
Gingerbread, jam, marshmallow, fudge, halva, rowan in sugar, lollipops - our great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers had their favorite treats in childhood. I wish I could try the ones from the past: I wonder if they will seem tastier than the current ones? Yes, this colorful book about the history of sweets makes the imagination run wild! And the appetite too. And curiosity. Here a child reads about the famous dynasties of confectioners, amazing names of sweets (how do you like Our Industry caramel?) and wants to know more: at least, he will go to his grandmother and ask her a hundred questions about sweets and more.
Alice Waters, Bob Caro. "My delicious French holidays"
A good storyteller can describe his journey in such a way that you feel as if you yourself went with him: you saw everything, listened and tasted. We are very lucky that the heroine, the girl Fanny, on a culinary journey through France, tells everything: how to choose the freshest fish, what aromatic herbs to put in soup, how to cook young cheese, and what fresh flowers can be added to dishes (pansies : did you know?). And it is also very important to enjoy aromas and tastes without haste, in good company and having a pleasant conversation! Delicious French holidays can now be arranged at home by preparing all the dishes according to the recipes from the book: by the way, one of the authors is a world-famous restaurateur.
Katerina Dronova. “Mom, give me an apron!”
When a mother gets together and writes a book especially for her child, it is a stroke of luck for many parents. Because the book can easily turn out to be the very one that everyone just needed. And this is exactly such a case! Indeed, for children who want to learn how to cook (on their own, without prompting), special recipes are needed - with pictures and clear step-by-step instructions. According to this collection, you can cook both basic and rather "tricky" dishes. The child will work out a little - and easily make breakfast for you, a little more - and the dinner party is ready! Well, isn't it a dream?
Maria Mazur, Alexandra Ulatovska. “How is the food? A Guide to Tasty and Healthy Food”
On the very first page, guests-readers are greeted by Mr. Pripravsky, a culinary specialist and a great specialist in healthy nutrition. And he will not rest until he tells everything he knows: what determines the aroma of tea, where kefir came from, how butter differs from margarine, what makes pepper spicy and why peanuts are not nuts at all. And even what ostrich meat tastes like (by the way, it will be difficult to guess for yourself)! After such an interesting excursion into the world of delicious and healthy food, you really don’t want fast food at all, but rather cook something beautiful, light and healthy.
Sven Nordqvist, Christine Samuelson. “Cooking with Petson and Findus”
That's what Findus doesn't like, being bored. Therefore, he always helps the owner and friend Petson in all interesting cases. And definitely in cooking. Moreover, Findus's appetite is usually excellent! Instead, they cook, bake, stew, and fry together all year round: in spring - nettle cabbage soup and crispy waffles, in summer - blueberry pie and cinnamon buns, in autumn - omelette with mushrooms and carrot marmalade, in winter - gingerbread cookies and pork ribs. Previously, absent-minded Petson had recipes in the most inappropriate places - it's good that Findus collected this book from them. Now we can cook according to it. Be sure to try the "poor knight's breakfast" with your child - a dish for the most noble natures!
Dunya Dynina. "Cooking Diary"
A chef, even a beginner, needs his own good album to take notes, describe signature dishes, plan menus for birthdays and other holidays. It’s convenient when your favorite recipes are right at hand and you don’t have to remember what the secret ingredient is in banana ice cream or pumpkin soup with tangerine juice. The bright diary contains a whole collection of ideas, practical tips for cooks. And there are also a lot of interesting facts about food: you can learn about the Christmas cuisine of different countries, where did the name "vinaigrette" come from and what is "nonsense" (do you already have versions?).
Vanessa Tuane. "Learning to Cook Montessori"
Do you remember your impressions when you went to the kitchen before some family holiday as a child? This magical kingdom was usually run by a mother or grandmother. Everything hissed, sizzled, bubbled and gurgled on the stove, steam hung in the air, and what amazing aromas hovered! And what happiness it was when you were allowed to roll out the dough, prick it with a fork, sprinkle with sugar and then straighten hard crystals with your palm .