Book Review – The Slow Cooker Baby Food Cookbook
The Slow Cooker Baby Food Cookbook is available now on Kindle or can be pre-ordered in Paperback for a November 1st 2018 release on Amazon and “shows you how to make your own baby food from natural, safe ingredients with flavors you know your baby will love.” As a somewhat new, overwhelmed mum who’s just been working my way through the weaning process over the last year, I have to be honest – I never really thought about using my slow cooker to make baby food. With so many slow cookers now available and prices starting from just £20, there’s really no reason not to have one in the kitchen. Starting out with some explanations of why you should slow cook (it’s easy!) and how (buy a slow cooker), it progresses through some recipes for home cooked pureed food (stage one) and meals (stage two) that absolutely anyone could make, even me! If someone was to ask me what’s the one small appliance I’d recommend to others, it would be my slow cooker as I use it for slow cooking stews and joints of meat all the time, but I’ll admit, I hadn’t made any pureed food before reading this book. Instead, I opted to buy jars and pouches which ultimately work out a lot more expensive than making your own. I am pleased to announce that I’ve now gained some confidence in making my own jars (which I still use for dessert even though my son is on stage two foods now), plus I’m going to be using the apple puree recipe for my apple sauce at Christmas dinner. The author of The Slow Cooker Baby Food Cookbook, Maggie Meade, is not British and I can get a little bit frazzled by American cookery books so I was a little concerned that it might not translate to a British reader. Luckily I think that most health organizations world wide now align on their advice, and by following the American Academy of Pediatrics, the NHS advice – such as to move from milk to more solid food starting at 6 months – is followed as well. For my British readers, I would definitely say to have a chat with your health visitor who should make a weaning visit with you around the 3-4 month mark. They do this early on to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decisions for your child between 4-6 months and onwards, but after reading this book I am happy to recommend it to readers worldwide and feel confident that it follows the medical advice I was given. The Slow Cooker Baby Food Cookbook has a good section on the basics of weaning, such as how to introduce different foods at what ages, how to check for allergies, what signs to use to see if your child is ready to start solids, spoon feeding or baby led weaning and so on, but the main reason I wanted to read it was for the recipes.