It is with great pleasure and pride that I have an opportunity to introduce a new book written by one of our own community members, Renee Kohley: Nourished Beginnings Baby Food: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Infants, Toddlers and Beyond Inspired by Ancient Wisdom and Traditional Foods. Renee wrote a testimonial for our Nourished Families series several years ago. Since then, she has established the blog Raising Generation Nourished whereby she publishes the recipes she’s created to nourish her family, which includes 3 daughters. Her book is an extension of that journey. As I reviewed the book, I really enjoyed Renee’s conversational and personal tone based on her own experiences, the clarity and organization of the layout and content and the photographs which I think showcase the recipes and multi-cultural children beautifully. I also really like how Renee explains the value of key ingredients in her recipes succinctly and simply. Lastly, her call out notes on most pages are filled with resources for ingredients, and other helpful hints I found answer many of the questions we see in our support forums on Facebook. I highly recommend this book, which is prominently displayed on my own coffee table as pictured above!
Please note, this book is not just for babies. I think I would enjoy virtually every recipe included!
A Note From Renee
Just over 7 years ago I stood in the middle of the baby isle at the grocery store wondering, “How in the world am I supposed pick and chose what is best for my baby out of all this?!” As I flipped containers, boxes, and jars over, I remember this pit in my stomach looking at the ingredients, and just knew there had to be a better way.
I very quickly became that “momma bear,” in a society that was telling me one thing to do, but my momma gut telling me another. My search for a better way to feed my baby continually brought me back to the Weston A. Price Foundation and Nourishing Our Children’s resources, and the rest is truly history. I literally submerged myself into the teachings of Dr. Weston A Price, which built a very solid foundation for the way we look at food in our home. I am truly honored to call Sandrine, and the community of Nourishing Our Children more than just friends, but family.
I am thrilled to be able to share a piece of my home with this community! While I am officially closing the babyhood chapter of my life, I will miss this part, this season of feeding my babies first foods. While some feel anxiety about this task, I truly saw my joy and enthusiasm for real food transferred to my 3 girls through the recipes I am sharing in this book, Nourished Beginnings. I look forward to hearing your victories for molding kids with broad taste palates and adventurous eating! Enjoy every minute of it! – Renee Kohley
Nourished Beginnings has 4 parts:
- Simple Starts for Baby, which includes vegetable purees, meat and fish purees, fruit purees, drinks, and simple soup starts for babies, toddlers and the whole family
- Nourishing Meal Ideas for the Whole Family and Babies Over 6 to 9 Months, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as mineral-rich side dishes
- Transitioning into Toddlerhood, which includes family breakfasts, family lunches and dinners, as well as occasional treats
- Traditional Staples such as bone broth, coconut butter and how to give cod liver oil to your babies
Nourished Beginnings is based on most of the dietary recommendations we make, and our schedule for introducing baby’s first solid foods. Renee includes our recommendation to start with soft-boiled pastured egg yolk with grated liver and sea salt. She encourages us to “Keep in mind that it can take baby up to 15 attempts at trying a new food to accept it. If she or he isn’t interested at first, don’t give up! Try again the next day, and if it is still a no-go, then pop the food into the freezer to try again next week! I can’t tell you how many times I got turned-up noses at new tastes only to have them gobble that food down a month later.”
In order for you to get acquainted with the book, I’ve been granted permission to have you preview some of the recipes!
“These power-packed breakfast bowls became my answer to a crabby baby who wanted her big sisters’ oatmeal at the table! Since it is best to keep babies under age 1 away from grains like oats, I created a “porridge” that my babies and toddlers could have to feel like everyone else eating at the table. This is creamy and mildly sweet and as big kids, my children still ask for this at breakfast!” See the recipe, which I wanted to share with you because of the inclusion of egg yolk, butter or coconut butter, whole yogurt or kefir, grass-fed gelatin and blackstrap molasses. This is not just a vegetable puree!
Garlic Buttered Zoodles
“This is always a favorite with my kids. Who doesn’t love buttery, cheesy noodles? Spiralizing zucchini performs noodle magic, and these really do feel like noodles! I love that zucchini has a rather mild flavor because you really can dress it up however you want. When that summer zucchini is overflowing your garden or farmers’ market, you can plan on this as a side dish with dinner weekly, or even add other chopped veggies to it and make it lunch!” I decided to include this recipe in my review of the book because I like families to have pasta options that we can wholeheartedly recommend! I also wanted to illustrate that the recipes extend beyond baby food!
Having seen some preview content, I am confident that a number of you will now choose to add this book to your libraries!
Page Street Publishing has generously offered us 3 hardcopy Nourishied Beginning books to ship to a United States address. One book per household. To enter, please answer any or all of the following questions with at least 5 sentences. Qualified entries will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, November 23 at 6:00P Pacific … just before Thanksgiving! [Results – Amanda Y., Renea Buchholz, and diogisam’s qualifying responses were randomly chosen. The rest to the respondents will receive a unique opportunity related to this book after Thanksgiving. Thank you for your participation.]
- Why are you interested in receiving this book?
- How have you been nourishing your children thus far?
- What were your own nourishing beginnings as a child?