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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 4th Updated edition (24 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091924855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091924850
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 19.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (820 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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225 of 231 people found the following review helpful By "yvettekitto" on 27 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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291 of 311 people found the following review helpful By Curly Girly on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bungo on 23 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
I breastfed my daughter until she was 6 months old so when weaning came around I was pretty worried as I don't cook. My husband makes our meals but he comes home after our daughter's dinner time and I didn't want to give him the added hassle of making non-seasoned etc. stuff for her. I started with the first tastes and yes, I'm so rubbish I even need to follow the instructions exactly for steaming an apple! Moving on (she's now just over a year) and I've done loads of the recipes and they've all been a success more-or-less. I draw the line at making my own stock (you can get low salt cubes from Boots or Kallo) but other than that, she's had 2 home-cooked meals a day for the last 6 months which I think is pretty incredible! The recipes are a bit sweet potato heavy and if you're not a good cook, do NOT try and peel a butternut squash - torture! People say "why don't you roast it first?" Answer: I have no idea what temperature to put it in at, how long for, etc.
A friend said "my son just has what I'm having". Great - if you're cooking something up. I don't! I have to make these up specially but I can do it when she's in bed. I shove everything in the freezer and defrost 2 pots a night for the next day. I also try and have at least 3 or 4 different things in there at a time so her meals don't become too samey.
Originally I was going to do baby-led weaning but when it came to the crunch, I wimped out as her mouth seemed so tiny! She picks up and eats the pasta shells and any other chunks now and I haven't bothered pureeing anything for a while, I just mash it a bit if it needs it. I also still use recipes for the earlier stages but just don't puree them. Anyway, my daughter is eating like a champ and basically it's down to Annabel Karmel. This book has been my weaning bible!
p.s. to save my sanity and room in the freezer, I don't make any desserts, I get the pouches for that or give her a banana!
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85 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Caterina VINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2006
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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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