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River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook [Hardcover]

Nikki Duffy
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Book Description

3 May 2011

'This is a book about feeding children, but these recipes

are for adults too. I don't think there should be any sharp distinctions

between 'baby food', 'children's food' and 'grown-up food'. It's a spectrum the

whole family can be on, the food each person eats becoming a little more

sophisticated and seasoned as they mature.'

Nikki Duffy brings the River Cottage ethos to feeding

children, and shows that it's never too early to involve the youngest family

members in mealtimes. Her delicious seasonal purées and simple, wholesome

recipes put the needs and wants of babies and toddlers first, whilst offering

up dishes that will delight adults too. With clear advice on nutrition and

weaning, The River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook is the perfect starting point for your child's great

food adventure.

Start the day with breakfasts like blueberry pancakes, apple muesli or

eggy bread, followed by simple and delicious meals like fishcakes,

meatballs, shepherd's pie, home-made pizza, falafel, mackerel pâté, pea

risotto or roasted fish with tomato sauce. Nice little puddings include

baby baked apples with chocolate, rhubarb crumble and a classic rice

pudding. With an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, this book will put real food on the table for the whole family to share.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408807564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408807569
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Book Description

Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook has wholesome, seasonal food the whole family can enjoy

About the Author

Formerly Deputy Editor of the award-winning magazine Waitrose Food Illustrated, Nikki Duffy also wrote a weekly food column in the Guardian.

She worked for three years as the River Cottage Food Editor and is now

a freelance food writer. She lives in Essex with her husband and two


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167 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeding your child River Cottage style! 23 April 2011
I am something of a River Cottage addict, and, with a 2 year old at home, when I noticed this book appearing in my recommendations I had a closer look. I did hesitate on whether to order it or not, given that I don't own any other books specifically aimed at feeding children. A read reveals that is an absolute bible on feeding your child - from breastfeeding all the way through to adulthood. Throughout the book preaches a message of trying to relax and give your child a balanced varied diet.

Before getting into the recipes, the book gives advice on a number of areas including why to cook for your children - ranging from the better taste, control in what goes in to reducing packaging. Good food shopping is next on the list. All fairly obvious, but it does set the book firmly in the River Cottage corner. Despite providing a normal index at the back, Nikki gives a very thorough and useful 6 page table, split up by vegetable/fruit, giving when it is in season, how to store it, what do with a glut and where the recipes are in the book. Glut ideas - for apples - range from pureeing to grating to use in cakes, coleslaw and burgers. This Raw Ingredients chapter ends with the things to avoid - E-numbers, processed foods and too much sugar/salt and the wrong sort of fat.

The next chapter is The First Year - the great food adventure begins. This chapter includes breastfeeding, formula feeding, milk (even what formula to choose),when to wean, weaning, allergenic food and reluctant eaters.

Nutrition - what exactly does your child need - follows next.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book with good recipes 18 May 2012
By Jessie
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Great recipes for babies! Love that it includes recipes for BLW and recipes are divided into seasons to include seasonal fruit and veg accordingly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cook book 9 Oct 2013
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I've made many of the recipes from this book for my son and the rest of the family. Great for weaning and toddler stages
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 29 Nov 2013
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really great book, discusses baby led and 'standard' weaning and really promotes a mix of the two to suit you - ideal in my opinion and just what i was looking for
lovely recipes, healthy, simple and lots of tips too
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit dumbed down and some duplication 29 Jan 2013
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I bought this book because I think HFW is brilliant but this book is rather disappointing. It explains how to boil corn on the cob as a "recipe" and I hardly feel porridge needs a whole page of discussion in a recipe book.

As I have the River Cottage Everyday, which I use all the time and love, I didn't need to buy this as a lot of the ideas seem to come from the Everyday book but less well presented, much less choice and not terribly inspired.

I would have returned it but my 9 month old had already had a good chew of the cover the minute it was out of the packaging. Now it is here to stay I will probably use it, but a bit reluctantly.

Of the 200 odd pages, only 100 are recipes - the rest is lots of fluff about weaning and problems with feeding, none of which is of interest to my family who are all on solids and eat with gusto and pleasure.

My recommendation - buy River Cottage Everyday and just leave out the salt and sugar for the little members of your family.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not creative or comprehensive enough, sorry! 24 Jun 2014
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It's a nice book, bit too long of an intro and too much on purees given that baby of 6 months doesn't need puree. Would have liked to have seen more creative recipes given that it's River Cottage. Better to buy one of Hughes other books and just adapt for bsby! Disappointed tbh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 28 April 2014
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Enjoyed lots of thing to try I am not a good cook and have problems swallowing but will try some of the treats thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely cook book 19 Mar 2014
By KelDup
Good purchase...some great recipes with alternatives for babies and younger children. There's quite a lot at the start about weaning etc some of which was useful but it's a recipe book that will be well used!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Its a book; sent without delay; arrived safely. Recipes interesting and healthy for the modern toddler
Published 8 days ago by Vivien Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good purchase
I absolutely love this book. I'm a fab of River Cottage anyway so had high hopes for this book. It certainly delivers. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Lynsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice recipes for baby and toddler
Published 1 month ago by :o)
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
Lovely recipe book with delicious ideas.
Published 1 month ago by J. Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes, odd seasonal format.
Some nice recipes but I struggle with the format of the seasons, as I am really looking for freezer friendly recipes that i can magic out of the microwave/oven when i get home from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah J Gall
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
We've used pretty much every trick and recipe in here on our two kids with very few failures.

There's lots of simple stuff here to try and enjoy.
Published 1 month ago by Wizzy Wiz!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, particularly if you're doing baby led weaning
Everything I've cooked from this book so far my little one has loved. So I keep making more and more recipes from it (the adults are enjoying the food too!). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Josie H Dekkers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good recipes for all the family especially my 9month old.
Published 2 months ago by claireo01
5.0 out of 5 stars ... helping with ideas for baby and whole family to enjoy.
Lovely book for helping with ideas for baby and whole family to enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by Heather Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lovely :)
Published 2 months ago by Victoria Lidbetter
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