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Top 100 Finger Foods [Hardcover]

Annabel Karmel
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5 Mar 2009
By the age of nine months, many babies want to start feeding themselves but can't yet handle a spoon, which is when finger foods come into their own. They're also great to offer to toddlers who are prone to go into 'meltdown' just before dinner. This essential collection of tempting, nutritious finger foods features 100 quick and easy recipes, including fresh fruit ice lollies - perfect for soothing sore gums - goujons of fish and raw vegetables with dip, that will not only introduce your baby to new textures and tastes but will make for a healthy, happy and contented child.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009192507X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091925079
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,591 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 www.annabelkarmel.com 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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"Healthy and imaginative, with easy, attractive recipes . . . also very practical" (Daily Telegraph)

"One of the best food books from the baby food guru with recipes for first purées through to more adventurous ones. Set to become a bible" (Angels and Urchins)

"We love Annabel Karmel's Top 100 Baby Purées . . . indispensable for all mothers" (Real Magazine)

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The 100 best-ever finger foods from Annabel Karmel, the 'Delia Smith of cooking for children' (Guardian)

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Giving nutrition the finger! 5 Jun 2011
By Maria
Format:Hardcover
I have used Annabel Karmel books in the past and I was glad I only got this one out of the library. I figured Annabel was jumping on the baby led weaning band wagon; but no. Or at least if she is, she's missed the point.

There were two things I took inspiration from in here (the tortilla pizza and the quesadillas) but I changed the recipes to make them healthier. That's the alarming thing about this book; so many of the recipes would be high in salt and / or sugar or contain ingredients in them which would be unsuitable for under 1's (e.g. parma ham or honey) but it's not all that obvious that these foods should not be given to kids under 12 months, there is only a comment saying when foods are suitable (which is very few, I counted 19 which included some with added sugar) but no comment saying when they aren't.

Lots of the foods are fried or annoyingly use the grill when oven cooked foods you don't have to watch are easiest with a child and often lower in fat than fried equivalents. Some savoury recipes, e.g. cheese and sweetcorn muffins contain honey! Surely that's not sensible to get kids used to sweet 'savoury' foods?

All in all, really disappointing. What I would expect from AK and this book is a range of recipes suitable from baby led weaners and babies who are first starting to have more 'complicated' finger foods (e.g. 9 months plus) and a genuine consideration of the nutritional content. The recipes I've come up with for my 12 month old are considerably healthier than these.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The next Annabel step 23 Feb 2010
By Zaria
Format:Hardcover
I have used Annabel's Complete Meal Planner since weaning my little boy but when it came to the next step I wasn't sure how to get him eating when he couldn't hold cutlery yet. I checked out Annabel's other books and this one was the perfect solution. With tons of recipes / ideas on things to cook and prepare that kids can pick up with their hands I found it inspiring and fun. My little boy is yet to refuse anything I have cooked! Some of the dishes look a little complicated but I think I will venture into them as time goes on, they look amazing. I'm sure I was never fed food like this when I was a kid!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking 24 April 2013
By Vslamor
Format:Hardcover
Fantastic recipes, and so simple and cheap. Really pleased. Excellent if you want fresh healthy meals and aren't sure what to make
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I was very excited when this book came out as there are not that many "finger food" books out there. Yes for someone who claims to be a children's "healthy food" guru, there sure are a lot of recipes for fried foods (fried fish, fried mozzarella, french fries, chicken fingers). Additionally if you are looking to make finger foods, you are most likely looking for simple ideas - who has time to make mini-burgers, mini-pizzas and mini-cupcakes with kids? Finally, the book is divided into meal types (breakfast, dessert, meat, veggies etc...) which is not helpful in terms of knowing what you can offer your baby at what age stage. Very disappointing, you'd be better off just following your own favorite recipe books but making things in smaller, more baby-friendly sizes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful 17 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have all of Annabel Karmel's books and have found them all really useful. This one has some really lovely recipes.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and appealing ideas for little ones !! 18 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
I've just introduced my daughter (8 months) to finger foods and have found this book a helpful guide to get me started. I found the `Good first finger foods' list useful and I'm sure (when ready) the list for `Finger foods for older babies' will also become a helpful quick reference guide. Recipes are broken down into sections which cover: breakfast bites, versatile veg, fun fish, finger-licking chicken, meaty mouthfuls, simply snacks and sweet treats. Alongside each recipe information is provided on prep time, cooking time, how many portions it makes and if it's suitable for freezing. It also indicates on (approx 20) recipes if it's suitable for children under 1 years old (french toast fingers, eggy bread, veggie balls, salmon fishcakes, parmesan chicken fingers, mini meatballs, yoghurt orange and lemon mini cupcakes to name a few ....). The book also highlights foods that are choking hazards and what to do if it happens. It also introduces ideas on food to give your baby to help whilst teething. Overall I'd recommend this book for new, imaginative and fun cooking ideas to complement other healthy alternatives.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More like 100 time-consuming canapes ideas 18 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
I bought this as my 10-month old baby is now less tolerant of being spoon-fed and was looking for ideas for healthy, easy to prepare, finger foods. This title seemed entirely appropriate and I've used a lot of Annabel Karmel's recipes with the first stages of weaning. This book however is very disappointing. First of all, none of these recipes are 'easy' - they include things like wontons, sushi, Chinese dumplings and panco & coconut fried prawns - which take hours to prepare (and let's be honest how many parent's of babies and toddlers are time rich?) Secondly, very few of the recipes can be easily/ effectively frozen - so very few batch cooking ideas here. Furthermore, a lot of it is deep-fried - which is cumbersome and time-consuming, not to mention unhealthy. Given that most children crush, throw and spit out a lot of their first finger foods, these recipes are mostly ridiculous.

This book would be useful if you were planning a party and wanted a whole lot of middle-class aspirational canapés and appetizers. Not helpful for parents looking for 'quick and easy' healthy meals for a baby (as it promises).

On this occasion Annabel's Karmel's book was mostly a waste of money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Gave me lots of idea's for the little ones food. Only thing I found was some recepies didn't state weather they were suitable for under ones so guessing they're not?!
Published 27 days ago by Kylie Sentance
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fried food!
I was disappointed with this because a lot of the food seems to be lightly fried and I wanted to go more down the fresh food for my baby route!
Published 3 months ago by Anna Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Ideal ideas for little ones. Just what we needed to get the grandchildren off to a good modern day start
Published 3 months ago by F. J. Anstey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I have the other Annabel karmel books and think they're all great. Brilliant ideas for finger food, easy to make as well
Published 4 months ago by mrs sarah anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for egg allergy sufferers
Just got this book and was really looking forward to making some of the foods. It took me until page 27 to get to the first one which didn't contain egg. Read more
Published 5 months ago by christmasdaybaby
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This book has some good finger food suggestions. In my mind though the finger foods would be more easy to make snacks but it is actually mostly meals that they can eat with their... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julie
3.0 out of 5 stars 100 finger foods
I bought this book for my one year old as I felt I was giving him the same foods all the time. They're are lots of great choices but I think it's maybe more suitable for 2-3 year... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Donna Keerns
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for giving ideas for fussy eaters
I was at the end of my tether trying to get my child to eat when she was going through an ultra fussy stage - this book really helped give me ideas. Read more
Published 14 months ago by hwarren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for toddlers
Great ideas for toddlers. I have several Annabel Karmel books now and highly recommend them. Freezer trays are fiddly though
Published 15 months ago by V. Hancox
3.0 out of 5 stars Is ideal for older babies or children,
I bought this book for some inspiration on finger foods for my 7month old. It has some very good ideas but are mostly better for when she gets a bit older. Read more
Published 20 months ago by rach
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