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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405348240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405348249
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286 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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About the Author

Annabel Karmel MBE is a bestselling author and respected authority on child nutrition and cookery who has written multiple bestselling books. She writes for magazines and newspapers including The Times, Sunday Mirror and Daily Mail and appears regularly on radio and television. In 2009 Annabel won the Mother & Baby Lifetime Achievement Award.

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161 of 169 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Annabel Karmel is the Queen of Baby Eating, and this is just the latest in a steady stream of publications by her on the subject. However this book is very much focused on weaning, so just up to 12 months, and about specific worries you might have to do with that early period. She has also published other books which recommend both baby and toddler eating plans, and if money is tight you might want to order one of them instead.

The first 25 pages are detailed general advice on how to introduce new foods, understanding truths and myths, and in particular addressing special diets, a bit of advice for vegetarians and allergy issues. Then the rest of the book is divided into three sections: Stage one, up to six months; Stage two, six to nine months; and Stage three, 10 to 12 months.

Stage one has lots of information on preparing foods, what first foods should be, the specialness of the very first spoonful and how you should feed the baby. There are then about ten recipes as well as a number of purée suggestions.

Stage two has the most information: this is the section for a baby who has begun to eat quite well, and there are many different purée recipes such as Pumpkin and Pea, or Salmon and Corn Chowder. Also puddings, bringing the number of recipes in this section to about 25. These are proper recipes, which will take a little time to prepare, but there's also lots of advice about freezing and how to do all this relatively sensibly so you don't spend your whole life cooking tiny meals.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ziz on 30 Sept. 2010
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Being a first time mum, I like to get the basics of every situation without being bombarded with too much information and this book provided me with all the necessary answers I needed for weaning. The recipes are easy and varied and the menu planners makes the process of weaning easier by showing how and when to introduce foods. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to all mums at this important stage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Belfast Doc on 24 July 2013
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I was recommended this book by my health visitor so obediently bought it, not really knowing there were other options out there and being too tired to think! This book is excellent for pureeing advice, although I do have a quibble with the first section being 'around 6 months' then the next '6-9 months' - I may be wrong, but it seems the book was simply edited to take out any reference to four months without any extensive rewriting. The book is clear, easy to follow and colourful with good recipe ideas.

Every baby is different but mine just wasn't enjoying his spoons, kept grabbing the spoon and crying if I didn't let him have it, I ended up using three spoons every time! He wanted more freedom. Then I heard about baby led weaning (nothing fancy, you basically put finger food in front of the baby and see if he wants it). I was sceptical, tried it for two days, by the end of the second he was loving it, no choking or any problems. I'm amazed!

So, while this book may be great for those dedicated to the pureeing, I've abandoned it after two weeks of torturing myself steaming and blending. For those of you who are similarly fed up, baby led weaning is great for those independently minded babies out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Hall on 23 Feb. 2014
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Bought this book when LO was 6 months as felt a little bit lost in the weaning jungle. Should I purée or should I use baby lead weaning (blw)? Was I a terrible mother as had let my little boy try food before six months or terrible as he was 5 and a half months so I was depriving him? The one thing I have definitely learnt so far in motherhood that whatever I do I always am in fear of being wrong - and this is where this book was best.

It's bright, cheerful and full of really easy to read information and facts about weaning and feels more like a supportive friend than a bossy nanny. A first for me was that it had suggested weeks menu plans so you can actually see how you build up a range of flavours at the beginning. Don't get me wrong, I didn't follow it precisely as I'm just not that kind of gal, but it helped me work out where I was going wrong (and more so, where I was going right).

A lot of people will but this book for the famous AK recipes, which are great, but certainly at the fist stage they're not rocket science - keep the nutrients in and salt out - but if you are not someone who cooks from scratch a lot it will be useful. Or, if you are like me and you do prepare veg at home a lot, it will reassure you that you are doing it right. Second stage recipes look more useful as is the advice on how to batch cook and store what you make so you're not constantly chained to the hand blender.

Something I'd not found elsewhere, was that each recipe said what goodness was in it - like beta-carotene or vitamin A. Also gives you advice not the balance of meals - protein, carbohydrates and fruit/veg so you don't think that a pure fruit purée diet is enough.
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