Cookbook: Top 100 Baby Purees
November 16, 2011
If you’ve decided to take on making your own baby food all the time or just occasionally, I think you’ll like this cookbook. It’s the only one I had for a while and the other ones I bought paled in comparison. And let’s be clear here: I don’t cook. Or rather, I didn’t cook. Now I cook, partially thanks to Annabel Karmel convincing me it would be hard to screw up a recipe with four ingredients. That lulled me into enough of a sense of security in my kitchen skills that now I’m actually making food adults will eat. So thanks, Annabel!
The recipes are simple, straightforward and taste really, really good. Honestly, the sweet potato, apple and chicken puree was the best thing I’d eaten in a while when I made it. (I had my bit pre-pureeing.) Another favorite of Astrid’s was the tuna and tomato pasta, and I took to making the fish with cheese sauce (without the veggies she suggests because Astrid wouldn’t eat carrots) as my go-to quickie dinner when I’d forgotten to shop or run out of time to prep. (You can buy frozen fish to have on-hand and defrost it quickly.) Most of the recipes are freezer-friendly, so I’d cook three times a week and freeze enough to be able to rotate through several recipes without cooking every evening or boring the pants off the baby with the same thing every night.
Couple of things to keep in mind when using the cookbook:
- Annabel is British and I think some of the vegetables there must be anemically sized, so if you make a recipe that calls for a “small butternut squash” and it tastes more squashy than you like, cut it in half next time. Same for potatoes.
- In the US, it’s not recommended that you give your little one egg whites until she’s one. In the UK, the recommendation is younger. So if you’re sticking with the US guidelines, skip the recipes with egg until you cross the one-year mark.
This slim cookbook saved me from the marketplace of super-restrictive, overly directive tomes on what you MUST and MUST NOT make for your baby. (Are you listening, Super Baby Food??) It’s a great place to start for the novice mom or the novice cook.