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Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner [Hardcover]

Annabel Karmel
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24 Jan 2008

Since it was published in 1991, Annabel Karmel's essential guide to feeding babies and young children has become a word-of-mouth classic. For 15 years this book has remained the number-one bestselling book on food for children and it is consistently in the Top 20 Hardback non-fiction titles in the UK - an amazing achievement.

Now for the very first time there is a brand-new, illustrated edition of the New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner. Annabel has brought her collection of mouthwatering recipes up to date, with new dishes, handy advice and tips and stunning colour photographs. She makes it easy for mums to give their child the best start in life with fresh home-cooked food. Plus Annabel offers time-saving menu charts to help you shop and plan ahead, and takes you effortlessly through each stage of feeding your baby and toddler, all based on her experiences as a busy mother of three.

Give this classic bestselling cookbook as a special gift to a friend, or enjoy using it in your own kitchen and your baby is guaranteed the very best start in life.

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Annabel Karmel is the UK's best-selling author on baby and children's food. She is an expert in devising tasty and nutritious meals for children without the need for parents to spend hours in the kitchen. As a busy working mother of three, she has first-hand experience of the difficulties of feeding young children while knowing how important it is to provide them with healthy and tasty food.

She wrote her first book, The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner in 1991 and this became big hit and has now sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Since then, Annabel has gone on to write 21 books on feeding babies and children , family meals as well as teaching children how to cook.

She has created the UK's the number one branded range of chilled ready meals aimed at young children , Eat Fussy, as well as innovative baby foods all sold in supermarkets. She also launched equipment for making baby food and her menus are served in theme parks, hotels, nurseries and holiday parks nationwide.

Her popular website has more than 70,000 members and offers parents delicious recipes for babies, children and adults as well as information on all aspects of nutrition.

Annabel was awarded an MBE in June 2006 in the Queen's Birthday honours for her outstanding work in the field of child nutrition.

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'I used a book by Annabel Karmel. She's a miracle woman' -- Jools Oliver --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The classic, bestselling cookbook for babies and toddlers - for weaning and beyond

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217 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for parents facing the weaning process!! 27 May 2004
My husband & I purchased this book on the advice of our health visitor and have not looked back since. The daunting task of weaning our son (he is our first) was made very simple by following the sensible & practical advice about nutrition & the introduction of new foods to babies & toddlers Annabel Karmel offers.
By starting our son slowly on baby rice for the first two weeks as suggested & then gradually introducing more adventurous foods, we now have a healthy, lively & energetic 19 month old, who eats everything that is placed in front of him with no fuss.
The recipes ranging from 'Lovely Lentils, Baked Sweet Potato & Orange' to 'Fillets of Fish in Cheese sauce' have meant that our son has been eating balanced & nutritious meals without additives or preservatives since he was four months old.
The meal planners are invaluable, saving time when there is little by having a weekly straight forward outline that is simple to follow. Freezing recommendations & portion guidelines have halved the time spent in the kitchen as favourite recipes can be stored for use at a later date & we get to spend more time with our son.
For our son's 1st birthday all the dishes were made using this cookbook and the adults loved the variety of food on offer as much as the children. Some family favourites are 'Chicken with cornflakes' & 'My favourite pasta with broccoli'
I highly recommend this book as a first recipe book for parents facing the weaning process.
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279 of 296 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for getting started 16 Dec 2008
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I bought this book on the recommendation of so many mums, and it was a great help to get started through the minefield of weaning - I found the first and second stage recipes a great help, although some of the second stage ones are a bit too similar.

Unfortunately, having now reached the 9-12 month section, I'm finding it a bit less useful. The recipes still seem to be based around creating a purée, when my 9-month old is quite happy with lumps and likes finger food. I was also very surprised to see the 9-12 month menu planner with milk feeds 5 times a day, and had hoped for some direction in reducing these.

I notice Amazon package this book with the 100-purée book - having bought one and borrowed the other from the library, I'd say the content is about 90% the same, so save your pennies and just buy one!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book I used for weaning 18 Aug 2007
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Found this book so good I used nothing else to get my son onto solids. Plenty of variety in the purees and there were very few that my son didn't like. There are plenty of the first stage weaning recipes which give you good ideas for older children (eg I sneak courgettes into mashed potato thanks to the excellent courgette gratin)

I started using lots more recipe books as we moved from baby to toddler, as I find most of the toddler recipes in this one are a bit bland for my husband and I. I'd say it's not to be considered a family recipe book (I don't think it intends to be either as Annabel has a separate family recipe book out!)

Baby 2 is on the way and I will be relying on this book again.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not so keen 13 Aug 2006
By Caterina VINE VOICE
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The book has a general introduction, then sections on first stage and second stage weaning, 9-12 months, and toddlers. In the first stage weaning section there are 4 seven day meal planners. In subsequent sections there are seven day meal planners. There is also general information in each section.

I found the general information useful and interesting. But - to my own surprise - despite this I am not very keen on the book and would not recommend it as "the only weaning book you will ever need". I see it more as being a useful back-up. There are three reasons for this.

First, I didn't find that the section on first stage weaning provided me with enough information and guidance. I was very nervous about weaning, and really wanted something which gave much more information about suggested feeding amounts. As a result I tended to rely much more on Gina Ford's weaning book.

Second, I don't feel entirely confident about the protein content in some of the main meal recipes. My understanding is that a baby aged between 9 and 12 months needs about 50g animal protein a day - but the meat and fish meal servings here just don't seem to me to provide anything like this amount. Maybe I'm missing something - but I don't want to have to worry about this.

Third - I found that my baby absolutely refused to eat a very high proportion of Annabel's recipes, particularly the vegetable ones. I don't think this is just because he is a fussy eater - because he really isn't. He just gobbles up the recipes from other books without any complaints. But Annabel's are surprisingly unpopular. I'm not sure why this might be. The only thing I can think of is that many of the recipes are very simple - perhaps they have been over-simplified? Or perhaps my baby is just an odd-ball!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Baby and toddler Book 7 July 2006
By C Lyons
I got this when my daughter was ready for weaning and have pulled it out again 4 years later. It helped me to be more confident in what I fed her and when. I don't see much point in bottled food when this shows you just how easy, and inexpensive it is to make your own.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all new Mums! 12 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Why are they not giving these books out - or at least recommending them - at Pre Natal/Mother & Baby Groups? This is the first book/piece of information that I have found that clearly helps with what foods you can give your baby at various stages, interesting, varied and tasty dishes, a key as to which dishes can be frozen, plus helpful meal planners.
All babies are different and I have quickly discovered that my baby does not like many of the exotic fruits and dishes that Annabel suggests trying in some of her recipes, but at least we have tried them and may well try them again in the future.
For those that think her book is nothing new, and that the dishes and ideas are simple, etc, you would be surprised how many mothers I have discovered that either cannot cook, or give their babies nothing but jars and packs of shop bought baby food and think they are cheaper!
Although I have been making all my daughter's meals using fresh, organic products (where possible), to me this book was a Godsend after I searched and asked around for help without success. It has been most informative, given me ideas on how to develop my daughter's interest in different foods, tastes and textures, and more importantly, reassured me that I was giving her the right foods at the right time, etc.
A most informative book. Thank you Annabel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't imagine cooking for my baby without this book!
A great book for every mum or dad who wants to learn how to prepare tasty food for her/his baby. The recipies are so tasty, that I've even introduced some creme soups to the daily... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by MAJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for gift
My favourite present for my colleagues and friend who are mammies now. Absolutely perfect book for a new role in the kitchen for mam and a new stage in babies life.
Published 22 hours ago by Dr.Sumonja
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
both my daughters now have a copy
Published 6 days ago by chris O
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Published 6 days ago by Tommo
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous!
Great book provides lots of inspiration and delicious recipes. My little boy has been on Annabel's food since he was 6 months old and he'll eat anything. Read more
Published 7 days ago by donna smith
5.0 out of 5 stars This Annabel book to choose
If you get this book then you don't need to buy any other Annabel Karmel book. I find they all have the same recipes and information. This is the most thorough though.
Published 9 days ago by Jessica Litman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, in Kindle and Harback
Love this book, have both hard copy and kindle version for when i am out shopping, Able to tweak all these great recipes as my son has grown. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sarah J Gall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Plenty of ideas that's easy to make n doesn't cost the earth
Published 15 days ago by M. Thain
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful weaning book
This is a great book and contains everything you need to know for baby weaning. Some great (and simple) recipes to follow. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kelly Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book on ideas, recipes and meal plans for feeding baby from 6 months onwards
Published 16 days ago by Jacqueline
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