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Cooking for Baby by Lisa Barnes
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Oct 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: cookbook, with-holden, own
Recommended to Rob by: David P.
Read in October, 2009 , read count: 1

Probably the best baby food cookbook that exists. And probably because once you get out of the purée section, you find yourself saying If I just double the recipe and "thinly slice" instead of "finely dice" the lamb then this will be frickin' awesome. Seriously. A baby food cookbook that is unafraid to cite coriander, garlic, and/or polenta in the recipes... Well, it's starting to sound an awful lot like a normal adult cookbook. Maybe even a gourmet cookbook.

That being said, I believe that the irony of the cover art is totally unintentional. What's that you say? Ironic? Consider this: once you get (again) past the purée section (which is really quite small), what you have is practically the ANTI-baby food cookbook. And yet what gets featured on the front cover? A green purée of... peas? Whatever it is, the image is the paradigmatic baby food image: green, puréed but lumpy, and totally unappetizing—the exact opposite of what you want to feed yourself (or, for that matter, feed your baby).
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