When I had Baby #1, I scoffed at making my own baby food. “Why would you go to the trouble to make it, when you can buy a jar for .80 cents?” I would ask. Baby began to grow, and he soon became a toddler. As I tried to give him more of a variety in his vegetables. I found myself reading Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. I would puree the veggies and put them in different meals. By this time, Baby #2 was here, and as I was pureeing, I realized that this could be her food as well. Before I knew it, bam! I found myself making my own baby food.
Fast forward to today, I no longer am pureeing as much, but I still believe in the power of making your baby’s food. So when I was asked to review Maggie Meade’s The Wholesome Baby Food Guide, I gladly said yes. I enjoyed reading it, but since I no longer have a baby to puree for, I passed it on to Maria to test out. Here’s what she had to say.
I became familiar with www.wholesomebabyfood.com when I started feeding my first daughter at 6 months of age. Today she is 3 1/2-years-old, but I now have a second daughter who is 12-months old, so I was really excited to read her book and try out some of the recipes!
This easy and fun to read book is jam-packed with helpful information from how to choose produce to safe methods of cooking and storing foods to specific charts detailing at what age your baby can have what food. Lots of delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy include smoothies, rice balls, tofu nuggets, sauteed spinach with apples and onions, sweet lentil chicken stew and desserts like creamy tropical tango and berries jubilee.
One of my favorite “quick tips” from the book is on page 123, “Babies do not “know” that green beans and applesauce should not go together. Try not to let your taste preferences influence your baby’s budding food experiences.”