Saturday, March 21, 2020

Stage-By-Stage Baby Food Cookbook

Stage-By-Stage Baby Food Cookbook is a cookbook and guide to healthy homemade baby and toddler food. Released 17th March 2020 by Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 216 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

The book follows a logical and easy format. The first chapter covers the background of ingredient selection, why new parents and caregivers should care about quality in baby nutrition and the practicality of making your own, and how to streamline prep (including a pantry staples lists of ingredients and tips) as well as a very general beginner-accessible discussion of the time-saving and other techniques. The author also includes some logical pointers ingredients, and supplies. The recipe chapters are arranged thematically by baby age and weaning status ( about 6 months, 6-8 months, 9-12 months, 12-18m, and 18m and up). There is no included nutritional information in the recipes such as calories, nutrients, sodium. Some special dietary information is included (gluten-free, nut-free, dairy, vegetarian,etc).

The recipes have their ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard only. Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. Most of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. The book also includes short author bios, and a metric conversion chart, but lacks any index or general ingredients index. There is a reference list with links included which provides more information on childhood nutrition and health.

My one quibble with the book is that the recipes are mostly not photographed. There are some photos, and they're clear and attractive, but they only represent about 5% of the recipes included in the book.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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