Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway! LOVE IN SPOONFULS: Fast and Easy Ways to Make Nutritious Foods for Your Baby

Parenting: Love in Spoonfuls
Fast and Easy Ways to Make Nutritious Foods for Your Baby
from the editors of Parenting (Chronicle Books; March 2010)


Can I say it? I just love LOVE IN SPOONFULS from the editors of Parenting magazine! Besides being packed with delicious, easy-to-prepare baby food recipes and gorgeous food photography, the cookbook is peppered with useful information on when and how to begin feeding your little one.

I wasn't actually aware that many parents make their own baby food until I got pregnant with Andrew. But, once I got wind of the trend, I knew it was something we would want to try. We're not what you would call a "crunchy" family, but what's great about making your own baby food is that you don't need to be. Making your own food is quick, economical and healthy for the entire family--really anybody can give it a try.

So, I had decided I would give it a go, but how in the world was I supposed to do it? Without LOVE IN SPOONFULS, you probably would have found me try to mash up whole carrots in a blender or forgetting to remove the skins from everything (knowing small babies need the skins removed isn't as natural as one would think!) 

Now, however, I know just how to roast sweet potatoes, boil turnips (I didn't know you boil them!) and mash avocadoes for Andrew. And I can put together fun purees I would have never thought of like asparagus and applesauce, banana and cantaloupe and broccoli and goat cheese (yum!)

Did I mention that the book is broken up into recipes for children 4-6 months, 7-8 months, 9-11 months and 12-18 months? By the end of the book you're into finger foods such as little chicken dippers with yogurt-cucumber sauce, tofu almond satay, and a kid-friendly bento box. And all the while the beautiful accompanying photos make you want to try everything from the cherry puree to the french toast bites. You may just have to make extra for yourself!

Throughout the book you'll also find great info on storing food, introducing dairy products, appeasing a finicky eater and more.  You'll even come across tons of tip "bubbles" sprinkled among the recipes addressing food allergy concerns, recipe variations and vegetable-disguing tips, to name a few. Each recipe also indicates whether it is freezer safe or not and how long it takes to make--very useful!

So, before I end this little love fest, I must say that you should of course consult your pediatrician before starting your baby on the foods mentioned in the book (and the book says this too.) One thing I will definitely ask my pediatrician about is the use of a tbsp of oil in making some of the "first foods" purees. I don't see how it could be harmful, but one can never be too careful with their little one, right?

Alright, so now that you know how awesome I think LOVE IN SPOONFULS is--and you've stayed with me through this long review--do you want to check it out for yourself? The wonderful folks at Chronicle Books have given me a copy to give away--and I can't tell you how excited I am to share this book with one of you.

To enter the giveaway, please follow Queens Mama and comment that you have done so below before May 30th. I'd also love to hear what your favorite fruit or vegetable is and if you will share/have shared it with your little one. I really love avocados and, thankfully, it is one of the most popular first baby foods. Lucky Andrew!


  1. I follow you :) We love (well, at least my daughter and I LOL) most fruits and veggies. We are nuts about them. The only one I can think that I dislike is Banana's and even my daughter likes those LOL.

  2. Lisa - I love your blog! You touch on so many important subjects. I shall continue following as the little sprout becomes more like baby and less like amphibious embryo.
    As far as favorite fruits and veggies - love them all. Think butternut squash and brussel sprouts top the list as my favorites. I don't think brassicas are that great for baby's first foods though (difficult to digest). Whatever the case may be, I will certainly be making all of the baby's food from scratch.

  3. I am now following you! I hope my daughter will love all fruits & veggies like me..I think having her eat healthy will help me eat healthier!

  4. following! im excited to start lo on foods!

  5. Oliver's first food (besides the ol' rice cereal) was avocado! That's because his dad is a guacamole freak. Next up: summer squash. Or peas. Wait, maybe carrots? LOL I guess this book would be right up my alley, anyway. Or, my husband's alley, since he makes all the baby food. (I'm lucky and I know it!)

  6. I am a follower. I am getting ready to start my 5 month old on food in the next few weeks and really hope to make my own. I would love love love this book, esp based on your glowing review! I'm most excited for trying out avocado and sweet potatoes, since those are my faves.

  7. Following! My favorite fruit is strawberries, and I like my vegetables in salad form. Haven't fed LO any solids yet - she's still too young, but I am eager to learn more so I'll be ready to start!