I’m in the throes of thinking about how to begin solids this month, so my reading list has related mostly to feeding the little guy. I’ve been a bit obsessed by the idea of feeding your babies the French way because cooking and food is so important to me and I’m terrified of raising a picky eater. That being said, here is my list for the week:
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman – This book was a great guide to French parenting culture. Written as a narrative, Pamela Druckerman manages to entertain as she spells out the differences between the American and French styles of child rearing. If you get only one book on the topic, I would choose this one because it provides solid advice without being a bore.
French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billion – This book focuses more specifically on French food culture and how it differs from the relationship that North Americans (an important distinction, since the author is Canadian) and their kids have with food. The observations in this book are perfectly aligned with Bringing Up Bebe, and it approaches the topic by outlining 10 rules for eating French, also providing a few recipes. The prose was a bit denser, but I liked reading about the topic from another viewpoint.
Start Fresh: Your Child’s Jumpstart to Lifelong Healthy Eating by Tyler Florence – I was surprised that I liked this cookbook as much as I did. It’s not an exhaustive guide to baby recipes and the recipes are pretty simple, but there are some good ideas for starter recipes and recipes for the whole family when baby gets a bit older. I found it to be a good supplement to the other baby food cookbooks I had, and I liked his attitude when thinking about baby food.
Everyday Baby Food Cookbook by Sophia Hamilton – This cookbook is more about the basics. How do you make and store a basic puree? How do you mix purees? How do you advance your child to higher level foods? There are a lot of great ideas here, and the book continues through recipes for the whole family when the child is eating finger foods and beyond. Very happy with my purchase here, as it has been very helpful during the early stages of food preparation.
Little Foodie by Michelle Olivier – This cookbook is for more advanced tastes, and while I have not made anything from it yet, it has given me plenty to think about. My goal is to have a kid who will eat diverse flavors, so I’m happy to see recipes that are a bit outside of the normal puree box.
First Vegetable Purees from the French Foodie Baby Blog – A continuance of my interest in the French food philosophy for kids, this blog includes recipes for Littles and how she fed her baby. This post on first food introduction has made my best hits recently.
Nitrates and Homemade Baby Food – As I began reading about making your own baby food at home, I ran into articles about foods to be careful of due to high levels of nitrates. As a PhD scientist myself, I was interested in learning more, and this article does a good job of explaining what science really says about concerns regarding nitrates. There is so much misinformation on the internet, and I wholeheartedly appreciate an article that has its facts straight.
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