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Around the world in 80 purees : easy recipes for global baby food
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159 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm
A whole world of purees : for babies 6 months and up -- A spoonful of flavor : for babies 7-9 months and up -- The well-seasoned high chair : for babies 10 months and up.
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First foods for little eaters don't have to be bland and boring! Featuring 100 delicious recipes like Mango Saffron Puree (India), Rosewater Vanilla Smoothie (Middle East), Pastina with Parmesan and Nutmeg (Italy), and Pumpkin Millet Porridge (Russia), Around the World in 90 Purees shows foodie parents how to bring global cuisine to the high chair with little effort and no fuss. Studies show that babies who are exposed to a variety of tastes grow up to be more adventurous (and less fussy!) eaters as kids. This comprehensive and easy-to-follow book is the perfect resource for parents of toddlers aged 6-18 months who want to broaden their baby's palate.

Author Notes

Leena Saini is a lifelong foodie who grew up eating Indian food and dishes from around the world. She has written on ethnic baby food for Baby Center and on the food blog Eat, Drink, Better. She's also a regular contributor to and Sally's Place as well as a member of several professional food associations, including Slow Food USA and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her online at, where she hopes to reach parents introducing their little ones to flavors of the world. She lives in Monroe, NJ, with her family.

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Booklist Review

When Saini's newborn daughter rejected the usual bland mush Americans call baby food, she called on her own delicious upbringing by her mom, an excellent home cook, to create flavorful, well-seasoned meals for little eaters. Why, the author wondered, shouldn't American babies enjoy vibrant, appetizing foods, like their counterparts around the globe? This cookbook is Saini's take on the flavors and dishes served to babies on every continent. Recipes include strawberry-lychee puree (China); milk-poached salmon with dill and mustard (Scandinavia); fava beans with cumin and garlic (Egypt); and curried coconut rice (Southeast Asia). Saini divides the book into purees for babies six months and older, followed by foods with chunkier textures or more seasoning for older babies. Recipes are short and easy to follow, and most call for just a handful of ingredients. It's an inspiring collection for foodie parents who want to introduce their children to a variety of tastes and raise adventurous eaters.--Neumer Lara, Alison Copyright 2016 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Saini ( offers up purees with an international flair along with baby-friendly spices. Why spice the baby's food? "Babies have 2,000 to 10,000 taste buds," according to the author, and this enables them to be more open to new flavors as they grow. First, global spices are highlighted. For six months and up, there are mango banana saffron oatmeal (India), congee, or rice porridge (China), and purple potato mash (Peru). Meals such as niter kibbeh, a spiced clarified butter (Ethiopia) and seasoned lamb kebabs (Turkey) are featured for babies ages seven to nine months, while muhallabia, or rice pudding (Lebanon) and sinangag, or garlic fried rice (Philippines) are on the menu for ten months and up. The book has an attractive layout, with color photos, maps, and background text that complement the recipes. Also included are preparation and serving tips. Recipes are fairly simple to execute; the main item needed to puree is a food processor or blender. There are also a further reading section and metric conversion chart. VERDICT This book -delivers a wide variety of purees that will captivate your baby's palate and encourage future exploration in the world of solid food.-Barbara Kundanis, Longmont P.L., CO © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.