We are always looking for great books that help us masalamommas with kids and this month we are featuring one of our favourites.
Around the World in 80 Purees by food blogger and mother of two, Leena Saini is the ideal cookbook for parents who want to prepare nutritious and flavorful foods for their baby and raise more adventurous, less fussy eaters. With it, infants and toddlers alike will be able to travel the world without ever leaving the comfort of their high chair.
Because let’s face it, we masalamommas are mobile with kids all the time.
Tiny taste buds can be just as discerning as those of grown-ups, so why feed your baby a lackluster pile of bland paste? In Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food, Saini gives little tummies a taste of the extraordinary, offering an array of enticing recipes inspired by dishes from around the globe. These baby food blends allow petite palates to experience big flavors from more than 30 countries, from China to Colombia, Turkey to Taiwan.
The transition to solid foods is a milestone across all cultures. And by sharing a broad range of flavors and ingredients with their little ones, parents can encourage a lifetime of adventurous eating.
“For the past few years I’ve been obsessed with the topic of how to feed our babies and children better,” says Saini on her blog. “I have madly researched recipes, talking to parents from around the world about what they feed their children. Studied taste bud development and the science of how we learn to eat and accept flavour.”
She interviewed mothers from various diverse backgrounds, read cookbooks and international parenting books, and visited places around the world to see what babies were offered. In her book, Saini shares her research of global first foods and offers developmentally appropriate serving suggestions and tips for safely introducing babies to herbs, spices, and other ingredients.
“My little Kirina, God love her,” says Saini. “Her intense dislike of bland food led me on this mission and passion to make seasoned and yummy meals for children. She’s led me to a whole new chapter (literally) in my life.”
More than 100 quick and easy recipes, accompanied by richly colorful photographs by Christine Han, take readers on a culinary tour of the globe:
- Savory and Sweet Selections for Babies 6 Months and Up: No more bland peas and carrots—for the littlest eaters, Saini offers India’s Cardamom Banana Oatmeal, Spain’s Saffron Applesauce, China’s Gingered Plum Puree, Milk-Poached Salmon with Dill and Mustard from Scandinavia, and Belize’s Sweet Corn, Bean, and Coconut Milk Stew.
- Flavorful Spoonfuls and Mouthwatering Meals: For older babies, Saini shares recipes for Turkey’s Seasoned Lamb Kebabs, Brazil’s Baked Cod with Papaya and Bananas, North African Vegetable Couscous with Harissa, Mexico’s Cinnamon Avocado Banana Ice Cream, Japan’s Tamagoyaki, Lebanon’s Muhallabia, Italy’s Pastina with Parmesan and Nutmeg, a vegetable stew from Ethiopia, Bamya Alicha, and many, many more.
- Tidbits, Tips, and Tricks: Saini offers guidelines for stocking a baby-friendly spice cabinet, safely introducing new ingredients, essential equipment for making baby food from scratch, and other ideas to help caretakers think outside the jar.
Here’s a quick look at how the book lays out info for parents:
Selections from the Table of Contents:
- Baby-Friendly Spices
- First Foods around the World
A Whole Wide World of Purees – For Babies 6 Months and Up:
- Indian Saag Masala
- Nigerian Isu
- Moroccan Figs and Apricots with Aniseed
- Chinese Congee
- English Peas with a Hint of Mint
A Spoonful of Flavor – For Babies 7-9 Months and Up
- Iranian Rosewater Vanilla Smoothie
- Ethiopian Niter Kibbeh
- Egyptian Fava Beans
- Japanese Carrot Soba
- Turkish Seasoned Lamb Kebabs
The Well-Seasoned High Chair – For Babies 10 Months and Up
- Mexican Atole
- Italian Pastina with Parmesan and Nutmeg
- Spanish Pasta Romesco
- Lebanese Muhallabia
- Taiwanese Lou Rou Fan
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