Baby Pip Eats – 26 easy recipes for babies

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I’m quite certain that in my next life I’ll be a food stylist. Or at least the person who looks at very lovely pictures of food… is that a job?

Inspired by her first child Pip’s introduction to solid food, nutritionist, recipe developer and food stylist, Amie Harper, has created a delightful cookbook, Baby Pip Eats.

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Harper has put together a collection of 26 recipes — one for each letter of the alphabet – and the emphasis is on food that looks interesting and is also nutritious.

The majority of the recipes are simple – for example, avocado puree and eggs-in-a-hole. Each recipe details the age the dish is suitable for (with important information such as ‘Eat me from 7 months, once chewing developed’); the vitamins and minerals it delivers; and the serving size (for example the Broccoli au Gratin serves ‘1 Baby & Family of 4’).

There are a handful of more ‘elaborate’ recipes – fritters with sweet potato and ricotta; steamed baby zucchini with sautéed garlic and ricotta; and a meaty beef and mushroom ragout – however, the ingredients remain simple and the method straightforward. While there are plenty of old-favourites on Pip’s menu (quiche, purees, pasta) there are also some more adventurous ingredients – chia seed, mushrooms, soba noodles and tamari. Be prepared for a mini-foodie in the making!

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The charm of Baby Pip Eats is in the presentation. Fruit toast sea-horses and pumpkin owls, and a variety of textures and colours make Pip’s meals interesting and Harper’s beautiful styling will have foodie-parents sighing with satisfaction (I just love those little wooden spoons to bits!).

Baby Pip Eats is available in selected bookshops and online directly from Amie Eats for $29.95.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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