Book Review - First Meals

26 June 2011

First Meals by Annabel Karmel

If there is any such thing as the Donna of Baby Food, Ms Annabel Karmel would be a strong contender for the title. According to her Amazon author profile, she has written 16 books and sold over 3 million copies all on the topic of feeding children. I first heard about her from my sister and own a copy of her Top 100 Baby Purees which I referred to extensively on my first attempt at making baby food. When I saw this book in the library, I was quite excited and checked it out.

In this book, Ms Karmel covers a broad range of topics including
  • Pantry items that would ease the baby food making process
  • Equipment for preparing the foods
  • Preparation, freezing and reheating techniques
  • Recipes for ages 4 month to 5 years
  • International tastes and
  • Meal planner
What I loved most about this book are the photos and the descriptive choice of words. It really  takes the guesswork out of the process. Ms Karmel got my attention with her take on the necessity (or not) of using organic products. (The copy I read was published in 1999 so I don't know if she still maintains that stance today)  I also liked the ideas in the menu planner and the more adventurous nature of the combination purees.

If I did not have access to wholesomebabyfood and had never prepared baby food, I'd consider this book a keeper. It certainly gets a strong recommendation from me for anyone trying their hand on baby food making for the first time. However, since I already own another Annabel Karmel book on baby purees, I'll not be keeping or buying this one.

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