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Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods: More than 200 Recipes for Feeding Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents (Paperback)
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An update of the bestselling guide on cooking nutritious, whole food meals for yourself and your children
For over fifteen years, Cynthia Lair’s classic cookbook has been the best source for parents who want to cook one healthy meal for the entire family. With more than 200 recipes, this revised fourth edition teaches the basics of introducing a balanced whole foods diet—from grains and beans to meat, dairy, fruits, and vegetables—to your home.
Feeding the Whole Family includes information on breastfeeding, beginning babies on solid foods, food allergies and intolerances, raising healthy eaters, and the importance of sharing nourishing meals as a family. Each recipe comes with instructions on how to adapt meals so that babies who are just starting solids—as well as older babies—can enjoy the dish, while children and adults eat a more complex version to satisfy their palates. Parents will also find simple solutions for packing healthy lunch boxes and involving kids in the meal preparation process.
Informative and full of practical advice, Feeding the Whole Family will help take the stress out of finding healthy recipes everyone will like—so you can sit down, relax, and enjoy mealtime with your loved ones.
About the Author
Cynthia Lair has been on faculty at Bastyr University since 1994 and founded Bastyr’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Culinary Arts degree program. She lives in Seattle.
"The one book I want my children and grandchildren to feast on...this masterpiece is loaded with nourishing tips that every family will delight in."
—Kathie Madonna Swift MS RDN LDN FAND EBQ
Co-Founder, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
"We love the book and the stories [Cynthia] tells in both [her] words and of course [her] recipes. Just what the doctor ordered, the recipes to health in one book."
—Robert Graham, MD, MPH, Fresh Med NYC
“Looking for a cookbook for a family with small children? Look no further! This is it. This newly updated edition of Feeding the Whole Family is the all-time fabulous family cookbook that takes the guesswork out of what to feed children at different ages and stages and delights parents all in one volume. A winner!”
—Rebecca Katz, MS, author of Clean Soups and founder of the Healing Kitchens Institute
“These recipes will not only feed the whole family, they will nourish their trillions of gut bacteria as well!”
—Erica D. Sonnenburg, senior research scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
“This fully revised update of a classic title is an excellent primer for whole-foods cooking at home.”
“A classic family favorite…satisfying even the pickiest of eaters.”
“It feels good to nurture your family with a homecooked meal, and the new, revised edition of Feeding the Whole Family from Cynthia Lair is full of recipes to inspire you.”
“A must-have for the family kitchen.”
"This book is a great educational resource for a unique approach on cooking for your family. Lair, once a nutrition counselor, walks you through her simple recipes that every member of your family will enjoy, as well, provides nutritional information for healthy eating. In every recipe, she offers suggestions on how to prepare the dish so that younger children can enjoy the meal with a quick alternative to the parents more sophisticated version. The recipes are creatively written, with beautiful illustrations."
"[A] great additional resources for cooking whole foods"
—The Whole U, University of Washington
“Enormously helpful in the kitchen.”
“A spectacular chef.”
—Art Zone with Nancy Guppy
“Those interested in cooking healthy food for their family and trying new and perhaps unusual recipes…will want this in their cookbook collection.”
“The best of the best.”
"Feeding the Whole Family is a necessary staple for all families."
—Cut Out + Keep
"Now in her newly revised edition [of Feeding the Whole Family] - which contains 45 NEW recipes - even more mums and dads will be able to cook good, healthy food, and learn the basics of understanding a balanced diet"
"A breath of fresh air in a culture of convenience and special diets."
—Living Upp (podcast)
"An awesome book for those of us who actually want to eat the same food as our kids instead of making separate meals."
—Sandhurst Co-op blog
"One of the first books I ever bought on nutrition."
—Health Food Detective
"The heart of [Lair's] message is becoming widely accepted: 'Everything always seems to come back to moderation … ' she says. 'Just cook your own food. Use as many real ingredients as you can. The end.'"
—The Seattle Times