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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 (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449 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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155 of 157 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
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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2 of 2 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 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So great, I returned it 1 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was really disappointed by this book. So much of it is dietary information, even though i looked inside the book using the amazon 'look inside' feature, I didn't realise just how little recipes there are, about only half the book. I was hoping for more recipes, so returned it. We are of the baby led weaning lot and so I think there are much better books out there.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection of recipes 12 May 2011
My mother bought me this book (it arrived this morning) as I had literally cooked Annabel Karmel to death and desperately needed a fresh bout of inspiration. I was extremely excited at the idea of a River Cottage baby cookbook! as I love seasonal cooking and thought that one aimed at babies and toddlers is a fabulous idea. The ethos behind the book is good as, fresh is best and above all don't stress about feeding your children as food is a joy and children should grow up with that philosophy too. However despite the practical guide on weaning the weaning information is very similar to the old favourites, Gina Ford and Annabel Karmel and there is very little new information to be learnt.

I was also a little disappointed in the recipe section. Porridge and Eggy bread features in the Winter section - including recipes like that feels like she is telling me how to boil an egg. I was hoping for something more interesting and inspired and different to all the other cook books. When it came to the recipes possibly a more holistic meal approach would have been better rather than just a collection of recipes as the start of the book offers that all round how to feed your child guide.

Despite my luke warm feeling to the book I decided to make the rice pudding for dessert and the recipe didn't work out at all. The rice was very sticky and dry and there definitely wasn't enough liquid added. Not a great start but as I said I do like the seasonal aspect of the cookbook and even though I doubt it will become as firm a favourite as Annabel, I will definitely give some of the other recipes a try.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and easy 10 Aug 2011
By Kas77
After using the Annabel Karmel book for my baby twins I found the recipes way too time consuming and there was nothing to eat for the whole family i tried this. The recipes are all seasonal so I can look forward to trying new ones. They're all easy to make so I can spend more time with my children and the meals introduce new things gradually to the little ones so you don't get stuck in a rut. I'm having my third child shortly and plan to wean him using the guidelines and recipes in this book. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who doesn't like spending hours away from their children cooking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars River cottage baby and toddler 11 Aug 2012
I love this book and highly recommend it. I was looking for a cook book that would help me to cook meals for the whole family (kids age 5, 3 and 8 months) and it has done just that! The recipes are easy to follow, generally quick to cook and delicious. It has become my staple recipe book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 9 days 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 1 month ago by Reviewer from Blackheath
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely cook book
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KelDup
4.0 out of 5 stars delicious
our little one loves the food and my better half loves using this book to cook it! Would highly recommend for happy mums and kids
Published 1 month ago by JWT
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Used and Useful of All My Cookbooks
I own a good number of cookbooks by all the usual suspects (Jamie Oliver, Nigel Slater, Nigella Lawson etc) but this was my first River Cottage book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by wiz_frog
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ideas for family eating
Whenever possible I like cooking food for my boys (3 and 1) which we can all eat together. This book has loads of yummy recipes which are generally simple to cook and tasty for all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandy85
4.0 out of 5 stars Family cooking
Great next step cookbook, bought as my child hit 12 months and we could tackle a bit more exciting food, and cook things for the entire family.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. R. Sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice and recipes
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by B.L.F.Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars baby recipes
very good recipes, i like the fact that you can cook for the whole family and it is not only baby recipes
good size book
Published 4 months ago by Floxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook
I really like this cookbook, given me some great ideas for meals for my little one when started weaning & using ingredients that are seasonal.
Published 4 months ago by Abi
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