A beautifully photographed cookbook is a very special thing and over the past decade I have wondered (usually when I’m up to my elbows in pumpkin puree) why cookbooks for babies and toddlers generally have no photographs. Is it difficult to style a tuna and potato puree? Do vegetable croquettes not photograph well?
Food Babies Love by Emily Dupuche changes that. Every page in this cookbook is sumptuous, appealing, mouth-watering – you’ll be pulling out the mouli in double-time to whip up a batch of Cheesy Veg puree or Roasted Salmon, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato.
Dupuche is a self-professed foodie, but was at a loss when it came to preparing first solid foods for her twin babies. After experimenting in the kitchen, testing (she had two willing participants!) and sharing recipes with her mothers’ group, Dupuche put all that she discovered in her cookbook, Food Babies Love.
As someone who believes food is a ‘total experience’ (as opposed to simply ‘fuel’) I place a fair degree of emphasis on the visual appeal of food – if it doesn’t look tasty, why put it in your mouth?! Dupuche obviously believes the same and with the help of food stylist Mish Lilley and photographer Guy Lavoipierre, she has created a cookbook that is an absolute delight. From entrees (such as Cheesymite Soup) to mains (Lamb Tagine, Pappa Pomodoro and Baby Stroganoff) to desserts (Banana Custard with Toasted Coconut and Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Icypoles), mealtimes need never get boring.
The recipes are simple, make enough so that you can freeze portions for another meal and are quick to prepare (most take less than ten minutes). Personally, I can’t resist a Chicken Apple And Pumpkin puree served in a vintage teacup!
Food Babies Love is $35 and available online directly from Food Babies Love.