Saturday, August 27, 2016

Around the World in 80 Purees by Leena Saini Review

Tiny taste buds can be just as discerning as those of grown-ups, so why feed your baby a lackluster pile of bland paste? In Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food (Quirk Books; August 16, 2016; $19.99), food blogger and mother of two Leena Saini gives little tummies a taste of the extraordinary, offering an array of enticing recipes inspired by dishes from around the globe. These baby food blends allow petite palates to experience big flavors from more than 40 countries, from China to Colombia, Turkey to Taiwan.

The transition to solid foods is a milestone across all cultures. And by sharing a broad range of flavors and ingredients with their little ones, parents can encourage a lifetime of adventurous eating. In Around the World in 80 Purees, Saini shares her research of global first foods and offers developmentally appropriate serving suggestions and tips for safely introducing babies to herbs, spices, and other ingredients. More than 100 quick and easy recipes, accompanied by richly colorful photographs by Christine Han, take readers on a culinary tour of the globe:

Savory and Sweet Selections for Babies 6 Months and Up: No more bland peas and carrots—for the littlest eaters, Saini offers India’s Cardamom Banana Oatmeal, Spain’s Saffron Applesauce, China’s Gingered Plum Puree, Milk-Poached Salmon with Dill and Mustard from Scandinavia, and Belize’s Sweet Corn, Bean, and Coconut Milk Stew.

Flavorful Spoonfuls and Mouthwatering Meals: For older babies, Saini shares recipes for Turkey’s Seasoned Lamb Kebabs, Brazil’s Baked Cod with Papaya and Bananas, North African Vegetable Couscous with Harissa, Mexico’s Cinnamon Avocado Banana Ice Cream, Japan’s Tamagoyaki, Lebanon’s Muhallabia, Italy’s Pastina with Parmesan and Nutmeg, a vegetable stew from Ethiopia, Bamya Alicha, and many, many more.

Tidbits, Tips, and Tricks: Saini offers guidelines for stocking a baby-friendly spice cabinet, safely introducing new ingredients, essential equipment for making baby food from scratch, and other ideas to help caretakers think outside the jar.

Around the World in 80 Purees is the ideal cookbook for parents who want to prepare nutritious and flavorful foods for their baby and raise more adventurous, less fussy eaters. With it, infants and toddlers alike will be able to travel the world without ever leaving the comfort of their high chair.

Cassandra's Review- I have always fed my little ones baby food from a jar until just a few years ago when I found out how much better it was to create foods for them.  I think that taking the time to try new things with your little one can be a huge benefit and both of you can have fun tasting the different flavors of this book.  I personally would not even have tried them myself as a combination, but I am so excited to do so.  

The recipes are easy and what I like is that all ages can enjoy them from 6 months up and I found everything to be easy to understand.  Some of the food I will never find in the grocery stores around my area, but most are affordable.  


Leena Saini is a lifelong foodie who has written about global baby food for Baby Center and on the food blog Eat, Drink, Better. She’s also a regular contributor to and Sally’s Place. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Find her online at

I recevied a complimentary copy.

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