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SuperFoods: For Babies and Children    by Annabel Karmel order for
by Annabel Karmel
Order:  USA  Can
Atria, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This family-centered cookbook is based on the belief that good eating habits begun in childhood will carry on to adulthood. As the author says, 'What we feed our children today will determine their future tomorrow. A well-stocked pantry is the best form of preventive medicine known to man.'

The chapters are divided based upon appropriate foods for specific age groups, beginning at six months old, when babies are often introduced to solids for the first time. The book contains a collection of family friendly recipes that are nutritious and - though I have yet to taste test all of them - look to be delicious as well. I like cookbooks with photographs of the prepared recipes, and while not every recipe is photographed, the ones that are pictured are in color, and look pretty delectable.

The author provides detailed nutritional information such as an explanation of the food pyramid, explanation of vitamins and minerals, and which foods contain them. She also adds helpful sidebar information such as the health benefits of garlic or oats or prunes, and a discussion about food allergies. None of the recipes seem overly taxing or complicated, and the directions are very detailed, making it easy for even the most inept cooks among us to follow.

If you're motivated and can take the time to make your child's own baby food, you can start by making baked sweet potato and carrot puree, for example. Or, if your children are more advanced eaters, you can make drumsticks with barbecue sauce, sweet and sour turkey balls, and one of the more interesting ones, fish and chips in a comic or traffic light ice pops. Desserts are not forbidden, even in healthful diets, and this cookbook features such delectable recipes as mixed berry and white chocolate cheesecake; carrot cake; apple, oat and raisin muffins; and "heavenly" mini chocolate cakes.

Overall, Super Foods for Babies and Children is an appealing cookbook that will help parents make smart choices about the foods their children eat.

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