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Starting Solids: What to Feed, When to Feed, and How to Feed Your Baby Hardcover – 5 Jul 2010


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HardCover. Pub the Date: July. 2010 Pages: 128 in Publisher by: penguin In a guide to the initial stages of weaning. A children's nutritionist features 50 recipes; first-month to menu planners; ways to encourage babies to the try new tastes and textures; strategies for addressing key feeding problems. such as allergies. weight concerns and messy or fussy eating; and much more. By the author of First Meals.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just what I wanted 30 Nov. 2010
By Aisha M. Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
With so much information about starting solids out there, I felt overwhelmed and confused. This book helped me understand when to introduce new foods. It took the fear out of wondering whether something was right for my son. She also goes over how to prepare each food, step by step. I started withthe simeple purees, and moved on to more complex flavors, like corn, carrot and potato blend. She combines foods for interesting flavors and nutrition, that I would have never thought of. Starting Solids goes beyond some of the other baby food books, by creating recipes that are actually delicious! I used her recipe for vegetable broth and made my own (not something I thought I would do) to flavor some of the blends. My son loves them. I tried all the foods myself,and like everyone says, it's nice to know what's going into it.

The author is thought to be an expert on baby foods, and has her own line of products and books. Of the three books I own, I like hers the best. She also covers proteins, which can be hard to navigate. I plan to make the salmon blend in the 6-7 month old section this month. The foods can be individually frozen which is convenient. I used a food processor for most recipes, though a blender could be used.

The book is arranged in sections by stages and months, which makes it easy to read. The color photos are appealing also, the food actually looks good. She includes menu planners and variations to the recipes, as well. The getting started section has everything you need to begin cooking and serving solids, as well as a section on if your baby is ready. So she starts with purees, moves to blends and finger foods and lists yummy foods at 10 months, like chicken burgers and banana muffins.

If you want just one book about solids, I would recommend this one. It's all you will need from around 6 mo to 12 months. There are many nutritious and fairly easy recipes that you will feel good about making for your baby.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BASIC AND EASY TO READ 15 Feb. 2011
By Love2Travel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are so many baby cookbooks out there and what I really needed was the "how" in starting solids. I know some parents may think it is a no-brainer but like a new parent I over analyzed everything and over researched it all and I just didn't know where to start. What I did know was that jarred baby food was not for us. What I like about this books is that it's easy to read and easy to follow. Thank you full color photos especially for my tired eyes. Seriously covers the beginning basics. I do suggest going to the library instead of buying it if you can because after this, I needed more recipes and just wanted more info. I trust what Anabel Karmel had to say and many of the cookbook authors out there didn't exactly sell me on "easy". The woman has built a whole line of baby food stuff like this book and several other cookbooks as well as the gear. I didn't end up getting her freezing tray. Instead I got a silicone (yes they are BPA free I checked) mini bites brownie tray with little compartments by Wilton and used saran wrap to cover it while it froze which was about 2 hours. It holds way more than her tray which means you can freeze more thus quickening your cook time.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starting Solids 17 Oct. 2011
By slmac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At first I thought this book was great. I am a first time mom and a novice baby food maker. The book provided good tips for first tastes and how to prepare a number of different fruits and vegetables for a young baby. After the initial intro and entry into solid foods, Ms. Karmel seemed in a rather huge rush to have babies eating a large variety of solid foods that are not exactly in step with APA guidelines. I understand there is brand new research coming out that is in favor of reducing the age ranges for a number of different foods but this book seems to throw caution to the wind. There is quite a jump from pureed sweet potato to pasta with 'baby bolognese' sauce. I don't understand what the rush is and wish I would have gone with a book that spends more time expanding a baby's palette rather than rushing into everything.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For A New Mom!!! 22 Sept. 2011
By mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really like this book!!! It has great information and it is up to date with current research. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. I disagree with one of the other reviewers...I thought this author was pro-breastfeeding and she only uses milk in the cooking not as a drink (doctors suggest you wait till 12 mo to have milk as a source of drink because cow milk does not have all the nutrients of breastmilk/formula and they are concerned with malnutrition- it CAN be used in cooking!!!) The meal plans (a new food each day, instead of waiting a few days) are designed for children with no family history of allergy. If some of the information in this book surprises you...this is a British author and you should check the American Academy of Pediatrics website. There has been recent changes about food allergies and waiting till certain ages to introduce certain foods.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Question for buyers 7 April 2014
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
How does this differ from Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner? Is this a newer version of the same book? I am having trouble deciding which one to buy as a guide for starting my baby on solids.
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