It All Begins with Food by Leah Garrard-Cole is a cookbook geared towards families with young children. Full of tips, ideas & recipes, this book not only provides delicious and nutritious foods for babies & children, Leah’s recipes are good for the whole family.
Admittedly, when I was given the opportunity to attend the book launch, I was a bit hesitant. I don’t have children, but as a nutritionist it just made sense. Parents, caregivers & friends are always asking for resources to help them simple ways to get their kids to eat healthier and this book is a fantastic resource!
It’s more than a cookbook with recipes. Leah starts with an overview of organic food & GMOs, stocking your pantry and tools & equipment for your kitchen, and moves on to meal planning and tips for growing adventurous eaters. She does all of this in a gentle, no-guilt manner making it accessible for busy parents. She encourages cooking at home with whole ingredients while keeping it realistic. There’s no obscure ingredients and most of the equipment you’ll likely already have at home.
Are you wondering when to start your baby on solid foods? The kinds of foods to start with? It’s covered in this book. Do you want to make your own baby food? The “Favorite First Single Foods at a Glance” is a 14-page chart with suggested cooking method, key nutrients and a section on how to serve it. This book will be your go-to resource for years to come. The recipes are delicious for all ages – I made the Spelt Pancakes with Cheese and Broccoli (recipe below) and ate them all myself!
Before having children, Leah was a teacher working with children in inner-city schools, and saw on a daily basis the challenges faced by kids dealing with food insecurity. She has a master’s in special education and studied the impact of chemical-laden foods on children’s behaviour and their ability to learn & focus. She is also the creator of Love Child Organics. Leah’s first book It All Begins with Food is a great gift for anyone with young children.
Disclosure: I received a copy of “It All Begins with Food” from Appetite by Random House for review. No further compensation was provided for writing this post and all opinions are my own.
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