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Super Baby Food Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0965260321
LANGUAGE: English

"This is like the exhaustive bible on baby food. I'm not sure I'd recommend everyone read it cover to cover as it's a little intense and thorough (and it covers other random topics like birthday parties, homemade household cleaners, and arts and craft ideas), but I found this book to be an invaluable resource.

When I wanted to know how old Cannon should be before I fed him pureed broccoli, I turned here. When I wanted to know exactly how to make and prepare chicken for Cannon this book had the answer. It gave me new foods to try with Cannon each month and told me more than I needed to know about buying, preparing and feeding them to him. So, I would highly recommend it as a reference book for your shelves - unless of course you're going the "Baby-Led Weaning" route - but that's a book for next month's review.
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"VERY interesting. I think I'm still 'digesting'... ha! Get it?... still digesting everything that she talked about. There was WAY too much info in there. Holy cow. But I can't complain because ALL of my questions were answered. The best advice I can give anyone reading this book is to take it small bits at a time. I've started with the steaming, pureeing, freezing of fresh produce. And now I'm moving on to the Super Porridge, which I'm really excited about. There is no way that you can do it all, and do it all at once. However, I am SO much more confident after reading this book that I understand WHAT my baby needs and how to give it him. You've just got to take from this book and use what applies to you, your baby and your circumstance. There's no need to go all the way.

And brewers yeast?? Yeah, I'm not quite sure what I think about that yet... but, oh well!! This was an AMAZING resource, and I need to buy my own copy to keep it on hand as a reference.
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"While I appreciate the amount of research Yaron put into her book, I wouldn't recommend it to first time moms. She recommends a lot of foods that are high allergy foods, like nuts and doesn't mention appropriate ages to introduce them. However, this is probably the best reference on vegetarian food for babies and toddlers out there. She even goes into the science of the proteins and how to combine foods to get the most nutrients out of them. Overall her food suggestions are healthy and she does cite Brazelton, a well-known pediatrician, and her suggested diet easily includes his minimum recommendations for a toddler's daily food intake.

This book reads like a textbook so beware of that! You won't sit down and just breeze through it. However, the author seems aware of that and has cross-referenced the entire book, making it easy to jump from one topic of interest to another.

As a bonus, she includes some fun home-made activities and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers in the back of the book. I hope to try some of them with my son, they look neat.
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"First of all, if you pick up this book and are semi-intelligent you can skip to chapter 19. I can't stand how in America everyone feels like they have to cover every tiny detail that should be common sense so that they don't get sued. That is what the bulk of this book is. There are 560 pages (all of which I did not read), and the useful information could be condensed down to maybe 100. For example, on the list of foods to avoid before you child is THREE are popcorn, marshmallows, blueberries, all berries, olives, peas, raisins, and the list goes on. My kids would starve if I were that paranoid. We'll just stay away from hard candy and meat gristle (also on the list), thanks.

What this book does have to offer is how to make super porridge and other recipes for homemade baby food. Great idea, but I hardly have time to read about baby food, much less make it. I definitely recommend it to first time moms that can start the habit of super porridge, then it won't be as hard to start with additional children.
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"First the negative. There is so, so, so much information in this book, and a lot of it is repetitive. You have to do some wading at times to get through the glut of info, not all of which is helpful, and you also have to take some of the author's recommendations with a grain of salt. Always go with what your pediatrician recommends. There are also some purely silly recommendations (see: uses for dryer lint).

And now the positive. I think the main thing I took away from this book is that you can and should think outside the traditional American diet when feeding your baby. It's not that difficult, but is extremely beneficial, to make your baby's food. And it's fine to give baby zucchini for breakfast. They don't know any different! Sneak it into their oatmeal, why not. The most useful recipe I found in here was how to cook brown rice and dried peas in the same pot.

The recipes are great, and the meal ideas are also good. Don't try to read this book straight through, skim and read the pertinent-to-you parts, and then use it as a reference guide.
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"Very good and quite thorough, however would love to see a companion site or forum setup for finding and sharing recipes as the recipes in the Appendix just give you a limited set of possibilities. Preparing, Cooking and Serving your child proper food with excellent nutritional value is becoming harder and harder every day. Processed foods are tough to avoid, as are the depressing introductions of genetiically modified foods into the human (and indeed the Earth's) food chain.

More advice on organic and whole foods, where to find them, and key nutritients; as well as analyses of popular foods' expected/ideal nutrional value (i.e. Vitamins, Mineral content, Fat, Protein, Iron, etc) would all augment this book and make it a perfect nutritional guide. As is, it is a great eye-opener but needs to be supplemented with rigorous research on the web.

That said, it was a good read, and I don't think there's another book on Baby Food out there that covers this important material as thoroughly and usefully.
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"Honestly, I haven't finished it. It's just not one of those kinds of books. It's one you skim through and use what works for you. For instance, recipes - I do want to try the "Super Porridge" and some other things, but my little one has been going 50/50 with homemade and (organic) commercial food. Not to mention, it goes into toddler stuff, which I'm not yet at with my 10-mo old. So no need (or time and memory) to bother with those sections yet. I say "it's ok" because I think the author is a little neurotic with her info in regards to some things. I understand her own beliefs, but she doesn't even go into meat. It's just not a part of the "Super Baby Food" diet, as she is purely veggie-oriented. That's simply her deal, but not ours (we're carnivores - well, ominivores - and the baby is into her protein that way too). There's a mix of good info and a some questionable-check-with-your-pediatrician info. For me, she kind of made the whole DIY food thing a bit more overwhelming and intimidating than it should be. Maybe borrow a friend's copy of the book, or check out in the library first before purchasing...." said.

"this is a wonderful, extremely helpful tool in learning how to feed your baby, toddler, children, family! A friend of mine gave it me when our 2 oldest were pretty little and I've used it with all four children. I made yoghurt in our gas oven in Texas using this book as a manual & it always turned out amazing. I now have a yoghurt maker which makes it a little easier but not neccesary with this book in hand. I think her perspective on meat is a little extreme and just a tad harsh but the average vegetarian, Vegan or carnivour can learn lots from each chapter. I especially appreciate her chapters on freezing & storing food which I still use to this day. The chapters focusing on food timelines for babies were also very helpful in feeding our little ones. It's chock full of time-saving, money-saving, helpful hints that are food-related and non-food related. If you are into making your own bread, sprouted bread, crackers & other homemade mixes, this is the book for you. Also helpful, are the chapters on nuts/seeds and how to incorporate them into daily life. All in all, a step closer to a healthier eating lifestyle ultimately for the whole family- not just baby." said.

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