Cooking For Baby: It's Easy With This Book

09/11/2008 at 06:00 AM ET
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After six months of her exclusively liquid diet, our little girl recently entered the exciting world of solid foods. Well, ‘solid’ is an exaggeration. It’s more like lovingly-created mush. I’ve been using Cooking For Baby ($20 from williams-somona.com) for inspiration. Like any good cookbook, it is packed with gorgeous photos and incredibly simple recipes. Each section of the book guides you through the different stages of babies’ changing palettes, explaining which foods and spices to introduce and when. Though we’ve only mastered sweet potatoes and peas thus far, I can’t wait to try the millet and zucchini medley and blackberry and ricotta parfait. Making baby food is especially easy with a Babysteps Electric Food Mill, though a food processor would work just fine. All you need is that, a steamer and some large ice cube trays for freezing your creations and you are good to go!

— Angela M.

Did you make food for your baby? We’d love to hear about your favorites or any tips you learned!

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tiff on

I do make our son’s food and I use the magic bullet, you know you’ve seen it on tv with the cheezy actors “this is the best guacamole”
well we bought it at bed bath and beyond and love it. it’s smaller than a blender which is nice and works better than our food processor! It is awesome, makes food nice and smooth. and if you have a toddle and want chunkier foods you can get that as well with this tool. we also have a food mill which is okay.

aurora mia on

Super cool to hear about the magic bullet. I am hoping to make Liam’s babyfood and that is what I got a shower. I am glad to hear it works. I cant wait to get this book.

asha on

My mom gave me this book for my son’s 1st birthday. It gave me some great ideas, although I haven’t followed all the recipes. I got the idea for polenta, which my 13 month old loves. I just sliced it, cooked it in olive oil and melted some tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on top. He loves it!

Shannon in Chicago on

I nursed my son exclusively for 12 months, from birth he wouldn’t take a pacifier or bottle (looking back thank goodness he was not exposed to plastics, food preservatives etc.) He refused rice cereal and all commercial foods I tried until I made him his first solid food for his 1st birthday, sweet potatoes. I baked until soft and mashed fine with a fork, he loved them! He also enjoyed fresh peas and anything from the garden (usually boiled then blanched or softened by baking). He was a hearty, happy and healthy baby and now at 15 is already 6’2 and eats everything in sight.

Marla on

i loved making baby food for my little guy. i haven’t tried this book, but i liked annabel karmel’s first foods and another book, super baby food. it was super easy. the colors, textures and tastes resulting from freshly made baby food far surpass the jarred stuff.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Ayla of No People on

LOL 31 years ago I made my own baby food. All we had back then was a hand held grinder type of appliance. It did the trick and my boys always had homemade baby food until they graduated to finger foods.

Me dil is now expecting and I expect that I will buy her this book and maybe that “magic bullet” that sounds so handy.

Leslie on

I made about 80% of my first babies’ food…. the only things I used out of a jar were unsweetened apple sauce (cause I find apple sauce hard to keep after pureeing – turns brown!) and prunes. After trying the veggies that come out of baby food jar and almost gagging, I couldn’t imagine feeding it it to my kids.

I simply steamed and then pureed all veggies and just pureed fruit and then poured it into ice cube trays to freeze and then put the cubes into freezer bags. I usually only had to do all the pureeing about every 2 weeks or so and then had easy access to fresh healthy and non preserved baby foods!-!

Mrs. R. on

I have always enjoyed cooking, and I have strong feelings about living a healthy lifestyle, so it was a natural choice to make our daughter’s food from scratch.
I LOVE that she eats all sorts of fruits and veggies now as a toddler, and doesn’t have any tendency to be picky. I really believe that making her food made the different.
I think this WS book looks really interesting, and i might look into it for our next baby, but I found Ruth Yaron’s Super Baby Food to be an indispensable reference when I was just starting out.
Making food was super easy, I didn’t use a food mill, just my cuisinart. I’d make batches using ice cube trays that would last for a month in our freezer! I loved it! Even out of season, I could give my daughter yummy veggies and fruits! Even meats were easy to do.

Jessie on

I make all the baby food for my little guy. I use the book Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron as my guide! LOVE it! My son gets really healthy food and I’m saving a ton of money at the same time. Win win for both of us!

Michele Welsh on

I’ve been making my daughter’s babyfood since she started solids and I love it! Not only is it less expensive than the jarred stuff, it’s much more nutritious for her since the processing that commercial baby foods go through zaps a lot of the nutrients. She loves the homemade food and it lets her try things beyond the usual foods (mango, lentils, etc.) I highly recommend it for any mom!!

Letchi on

I found that the best tool by far to make baby food is the Bebea Babycook. I bought it in France three years ago, but I noticed Williams Sonoma had very recently added it to their catalogue.
This blender is amazing. It steams and purees food in the same container. You pour in your diced raw meat/fish/vegetables/fruits, add water, and turn it on. 20 minutes later everything is cooked, you can blend it and feed your baby!
It’s the perfect size to leave on your counter top. And when I prepare a meal, one full blender is just enough for one meal and I freeze the rest to use a couple of days later.
I still use it several times a week to steam veggies for my son’s lunch. Saves me plenty of time I can spend sleeping in and eating breakfast!

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