When I was young, I remember my mom using a food grinder to prepare food for my baby brothers and sisters. Carrots, green beans, peas–all went into the food grinder and came out as baby food.
Thus, when I opened the pages of The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book by Lisa Barrangou, I felt like I had time-traveled and the food grinder had come out of the cupboard once again. The beautifully bright photographs and text were the first to draw me in. There’s no other word for them than gorgeous; they are frequent, they are simple, they are colorful.
What truly sustained my attention, however, were the amazing charts and lists throughout the book. Any mother who has the organization and forethought to consider making baby food ahead of time will appreciate the organization with which Barrangou writes. From the very beginning, she outlines her make-ahead strategy, provides a shopping list, and charts a mise en place meal plan. The detail is astonishing, especially when it comes to the monthly meal plans. Barrangou overlooks no detail: She covers travel and on-the-go foods, lists mix-ins for various foods, provides a flavor compatibility guide, covers health concerns, discusses a feeding timeline for babies, and provides three sections of recipes (“Simple Puree Recipes,” “Combination Puree Recipes,” and “Finger Foods and Advanced Meals”).
All in all, this is a wonderful resource for the new mom. Although I myself am not a mother yet, I plan on keeping this book on my shelf and loaning it out to my sisters and friends who are. It’s definitely a keeper. 🙂
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.