Books With The Tag: #cookbooks for kids

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Today we have paired up with DK Canada to bring you two parenting books both by UK based author/children’s food expert Annabel KarmelFirst Meals & Baby’s First Year and a chance to win the set!  See the post for details below!

First Meals is divided into informative sections covering everything from baby’s first tastes to meals for early childhood.  Annabel Karmel happily follows the World Health Organizations guidelines for what order to introduce solids to your baby, something I watch out for personally as the mother of a son who began life with a very sensitive gut.  

I was impressed with the introduction to each section as it talked about developmentally where babies, toddlers and children are, what there play and priorities are and how this affects their eating.  Her calm, practical reassurance to get through things like “the beige phase” was refreshing.  

The real challenge however, and the reason we review very few kids cookbooks on the blog, was trying a recipe with my small protagonist.  You see, his Mama (me) is a lifetime fussy eater and though my four year old is yards ahead of me, he still qualifies as a “picky eater”.  Our house is a no sauce, no dips, no food touching, no cheese (!) domain.  We headed to the “fun foods” section of this book and the whole family got involved making “chicken nuggets” whose filling had apples and whose coating includes crushed potato chips!  We had a blast letting our small chef add the ingredients and use fun cookie cutter shapes to make the nuggets.  There’s a lot to be said, if you have the time and patience, for letting your child participate in preparing food.  Ours happily tried (and liked!) his creation.  Thumbs up from this tough audience!

A really thorough, helpful book for navigating each phase of childhood eating.  

Baby’s First Year is a sweet, whimsically decorated milestone book to capture all the special moments in baby’s first year.  Furnished with lovely touches like envelopes to save locks of hair, we love that the it’s divided by month with room for a monthly photo of baby as they grow.  A charming gift for new parents.  

We recommend both these books a shower gifts for new parents.  A lovely set to start you off on your parenting journey with confidence and care.

Comment below on my Facebook or Instagram Post (all entries can be in one comment) :

 - Your favourite kitchen meal or treat to prepare with your small(s) (1 entry)

 - Tag an expecting friend (1 entry for you AND for them)

 - The first food your little one(s) ever tasted (1 entry)

I’ll keep this contest running until Friday, March 1st at 10pm and announce the winner (from random draw) on Monday, March 4th!  Good luck everyone!



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Today in our #MakerMarch series is Cooking Step-by-Step via DK Canada Books.  A wonderful cook book for smalls with over 50 simple recipes and gorgeous photos to help you enjoy cooking as a family.  
We let our three-year-old protagonist pick a recipe and he chose these tasty chicken fingers!  We had a lot of fun with the prep and he finally got to fulfill a long-time wish:  Mama let him touch raw meat. (so much hand-washing afterwards ha ha).  Full disclosure: my son is a particular eater, I truly had no idea if he would try these after all our hard work but he surprised me with his excitement to dig in!  AND he liked them!  We ALL did!  They were simple and delicious and we made a honey mustard dip to enjoy them with.  A perfect lunch!
This was a great recipe to get little hands involved. Bowls for dipping and stirring and beating made this an engaging preschooler activity and ours took real pride in “making his own lunch”.  Worth setting up the prep on a table they can reach!  The rest of the recipes in here all look delicious and straight forward.  Tasty fun for the whole family.  Recommended for smalls 3 & up and hungry grown-ups everywhere.  Yum!