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I am interested in making baby food at home to save money and provide healthy, fresh meals. Can anyone recommend a good baby food cookbook? I already own a food processor and blender. My baby is 4 months old, so I would like something that starts very simple, and has recipes that don't take forever to prepare.

asked 24 Sep '10, 14:57

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+1 Brilliant idea !

(24 Sep '10, 15:47) Emi

When I was in this situation I went to the local library and checked out 3-4 baby food cookbooks at a time. They were great for ideas, and if I tried a recipe and liked it (or more to the point, if the baby liked it), I'd write it down for future reference. I got new ones every 4-6 weeks and got lots of great recipes this way. Some of my little one's favorites were rice/red lentil pilaf, and haddock with cheddar cheese, beans, and potatoes (of course, when he was a bit older than 4 months). When my little one was ready to start solid foods, I browsed the local baby food aisle for ideas. Sweet potatoes, carrots, etc I think fall into the "stage 1" food category.

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answered 24 Sep '10, 15:17

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Great suggestions! Thank you.

(24 Sep '10, 17:36) johearn

We had great results with the Cooking for Baby cookbook from Williams-Sonoma. Starts out very simple and moves into more "real food" recipes as the kids get older. It has a lot of advice on what to avoid (gassy, allergenic, etc.) at different ages as well.

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answered 25 Sep '10, 11:47

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Most of the cookbooks I found required too many steps. I think the resource I used the most was http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/. I would try to plan our normal weekly menu around something my baby could eat too. For example, if we were having squash one night I'd make a huge amount, puree up a large quantity of it and freeze it in little covered ice cubes. Then I had extra squash available for my baby even on the weeks we didn't eat it ourselves.

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I used that site a lot and found it very helpful.

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