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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: 19.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485 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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161 of 164 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book with good recipes 18 May 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice and recipes 1 Jan 2014
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I bought this for my daughter to improve the variety of food for her small children. She says that there is lots of good advice on feeding babies and toddlers and that there are several recipes that she will use for the whole family.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I like the selection of recipes and the fact that it tells you what alternative ingredients you can use. They require a lot of cooking technicques though which take time, like oven cooking, pre-boiling. I have instead followed the way I prefer to cook the ingredients and I use their ingredients list as an inspiration to put things together. I found though that I prefer using another book which is by the owner of Planet Organic and which shows how to cook the same food for adults, older child and baby. It is useful because I can use it while the child grows. This book does this too but not with the same detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas ..... 6 Jun 2011
Fantastic book full of great ideas to grow and cook. Bought as a present for new parents, they loved it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes but not the only book you'll need 13 Nov 2011
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This book has some really good recipes in it. We must have cooked at least 15-20 of the recipes now and many of them multiple times and they have all been hits. I'd got The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook and was disappointed by the recipes in it - this book is far better and there are lots of recipes that I can see that I'll be cooking for years to come.

However, a few caveats. A lot, but certainly not all, of the recipes are fairly involved to make and more for the weekend rather than trying to cook while also looking after a baby. There aren't many quick and easy meals and there's not much on bulk cooking/storage, so it probably isn't the only recipe book that you'd want to get. I don't think you could cook week in, week out for a baby using just this book. Also quite a few of the recipes aren't suitable for babies under 1 (and the book is quite cavalier about suggesting adding seasoning etc. so you need to be prepared to ignore that) but not enough to not make the book worth getting. I'd have liked to have seen a few more recipes too for the early stages of baby-led weaning that babies can manage before they have the pincer grip etc. - things like savoury muffins for example.

I skimmed the non-recipe parts of the book but didn't really use them - all looks quite sensible but nothing especially new there if you've already read up on weaning/nutrition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 days ago by Heather Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lovely :)
Published 10 days ago by Victoria Lidbetter
2.0 out of 5 stars not creative or comprehensive enough, sorry!
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kristen Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to dip into
I bought this at the start of weaning and have a few favourites recipes (soda bread, falafel, pesto...). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jo Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
my NCT group reguarly talk about things they have made from this book with glee!
I borrowed it at first to see if it was a viable purchase and wanted to make so much I did buy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. E. G. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
It was bought as a present for a new Mum. It has proved invaluable with some very good organic recipes.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
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
Published 3 months ago by MILLIE HALL
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect cookbook for any parent/carer of a baby or toddler
I love this book. It is very well written and offers positive considered advice and resources for parents and carers to consider how they want to approach weaning. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A Scot
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for dairy intolerant children
The majority of the recipes contain dairy so if you are looking for a dairy intolerant child this is not the book for you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant baby food book
Reassuring, balanced (covers puree and baby-led) and gives both good recipes and ideas on how to adapt what you normally cook to how your baby is eating. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Reviewer from Blackheath
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