Mother of three Annabel Karmel is one of the UK’s best know experts on children’s nutrition. Her cookery books are worldwide best sellers and her name is synonymous with healthy eating for kids.
The topic of children’s diet has never been more debated in the media, with frightening forecasts for levels of obesity and diabetes. Jamie Oliver’s timely revelations about the quality of school meals has brought discussion of the food that children eat into newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the internet. We know that our children need to eat five portions of fruit or vegetables a day, eat less salt and fat, and get enough vitamins and minerals. OK, so how do we do it? How do we get a fussy eater to try a more varied diet? How do we get our children to eat healthily?
Although this book is entitled ‘Feeding Your Baby and Toddler’ the book actually covers food from a child’s first tastes to recipes for seven year olds and for the whole family to eat together. At each stage of the child’s development there is a complete explanation of their dietary needs, ways to encourage healthy eating and to foster an interest in cooking.
The best way to start a child on the path to healthy eating is to give them a varied diet from weaning and there are ideas for a real variety of purees both cooked and raw, foods to serve when your child can try more textures, meals to appeal to toddlers and healthy foods that the whole family will be happy to eat.
Although the focus of Karmel’s books is healthy eating she also knows how to make food fun. The recipes in the book include cakes, brownies and cookies as well as the tasty main meals and ideas for lunch boxes when your child starts school.
One of Karmel’s trademarks is her focus on presentation and there are lots of ideas for witty and tempting ways to serve food so that children will want to eat it.
With weekly menu plans and over 200 recipes, this book would be a valuable addition to any parent’s kitchen.