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And now for a cookbook that is great for new parents, and parents of young children!
A child's first six years can be an exciting culinary journey which takes him or her from mashed banana, through home-made pizza, to their first mild curry. By introducing our children to a wide variety of tastes from an early age, we can help them to grow into a lifelong habit of intelligent eating. By making the dishes ourselves, we can give them foods that we know are nutritionally balanced in every way.
More than a cookbook, this indispensable kitchen companion not only offers delicious recipes for every day of the year, but also contains a wealth of information on child nutrition--from weaning and introducing solids to packing lunches and serving up party foods for older children. It emphasizes an easy approach to food preparation, with no complicated measurements or methods. Most important of all, there's a wide variety of recipes for every stage of childhood development, complete with 50 "first food" recipes, 7-day meal planners, and sound snack ideas. Practical tips accompany the dishes, including methods for promoting healthy eating habits that support brain development and a strong immune system.
The emphasis is on practical parenting throughout - the recipes are quick and easy to make (no complicated measurements or methods), and are guaranteed to give enjoyment to your growing family.
For parents concerned about kids' allergies, there is a two-page spread on managing allergies and intolerances (wheat, gluten, milk, soy, peanuts and additives), and every recipe has a symbol key to show which allergens (if any) are present. The Introduction offers advice on food combining, essential nutrients, weaning and feeding problems.
This is the third edition of this book, and it has been wonderfully updated, with modern available ingredients, and dishes. this is a great book for new parents, wanting to give their kids healthier food, but wanting to make it 'kid friendly' and tasty. While most kids can develop a wide array of tastes, others need to be led there, and this book allows parents to find recipes that fir their child's needs, and to help bring new foods into their diet. The food allergy recipes are very good, and if you have a family with one children with allergies, and the other not, this book can help you weave between the two, and give each a balanced diet that is healthy for them.
The book includes more than just recipes, with its meal planners and snack ideas, making it a well rounded parenting guide, with its introductory chapters, teaching the importance of different foods at different stages of you child's life. This is a great book for giving at baby showers, or upon adoptions, or for the holidays, especially as hostess gifts, for those with young children! Check it ou and you'll agree!
About the Authors:
Bridget Wardley has a Master's degree in clinical nutrition. Formerly senior pediatric dietitian at King's College Hospital, London, and now works as a consultant pediatric dietitian, she writes for several periodicals. She has two children.
Judy More is the author of more than a dozen books on baby and toddler nutrition including
Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition (2014),Happy Toddler Mealtimes (2011), and Stress-Free Weaning (2010).
Here's a great recipe that the whole family will love!
It is easy to make and goes great with stews, chowders and holiday dinners!