Thursday, June 7, 2007
Just Call Me Martha
I've been feeling very domestic this week. Have you ever seen "Baby Boom," an 80s movie where Diane Keaton plays this hard core NYC businesswoman who inherits a baby and moves to Vermont to make gourmet baby food? I'm not exactly gourmet, but I have entered the realm of making baby food. Now don't get me wrong, I still love Gerber and the fact that I can throw a container of food and a spoon (and a bib!) into the diaper bag and go these days, but I thought I'd give making my own a try. It hasn't been too bad. Just a little cooking, pureeing, and freezing in ice cube trays. So far I've done mashed bananas, apples, pears, and peaches. In less than an hour (a little more if you talk on the phone while you're doing it and get distracted), I have a month's supply of each of those fruits for Emma. So far she seems to like it. Next week: vegetables!
I've found the following 2 books very helpful in this endeavor:
"Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron:
Okay, first a disclaimer: This woman is a *little* crazy. She makes her own everything, including her own diaper wipes and puts dessicated liver and sea kelp into her children's food. Ew. That said, this book is an extensive reference. She has charts of what foods to introduce at each month, how much your baby should be eating, nutrient tables, and a LOT of recipes. Some of which are a little involved, but nonetheless helpful ones are in there too. The index also contains a great section on individual fruits and vegetables, spelling out exactly how old your baby should be, preparation methods, peak seasons, and whether or not they may be frozen.
"First Meals" by Annabel Karmel:
This one is my favorite. The basic information is much more streamlined than in "Super Baby Food," but the recipes are fabulous (though I'm not sure Emma will be eating "fish with carrots and orange juice" puree anytime soon). But most of them are great, and it's published by DK, so there are lots of pictures too. The thing I like most about this book is that the recipes go up to age 7, with lots of fun ideas for feeding toddlers and preschoolers and making food healthy AND fun. (PS: Maren, I think you will really like this one). I highly recommend it.