About the book

‘THE BOOK’

 

Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics.

Affectionately, and sometimes frustratingly, known as ‘The Book’, Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics is my first cookbook (or book for that matter). Part cookbook, part nutrition encyclopaedia, part food journal – it is a journey through three and a half years of me and my daughter’s life.

My goal was to have all the information a gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free mom or dad would need as they begin feeding their baby solid food – the why, the what and the how of it. To have all of it in one place – a comprehensive resource that tired ‘mushy-brained’ moms could be referred to time and time again, as opposed to bookmarking (and losing) various website pages.

Furthermore, I really wanted to show people that ‘free-from’ food is both delicious and nutritious. That it is do-able and even enjoyable. That food intolerances are a blessing, not a curse – a welcome message from your body. And that life is still sweet without sugar!

The book took me three and a half years to finish – which I am grateful for. Every twist and turn along the way taught me something valuable which was then included in the book. It also made for a book that can be used for a 6 month old baby as much as for school lunch boxes and the mama’s and papa’s too.

Here are all the details…

The 'Official' Description

Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics

 

Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics is a 500-page collection of over 100 gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free nourishing wholefood recipes and food ideas for baby’s first years (and the rest of the family too).

Part cookbook, part nutrition encyclopedia, part journal of my journey into motherhood, Mila’s Meals is a call to action for every parent to be conscious of what they are feeding their little ones, providing a guideline on how to go about this as effectively,  effortlessly and joyfully as possible.

Created, written and published by: Catherine Barnhoorn.

Photography by: Alfred Lor

AWARDS:

2017 International Rubery Book Award – Shortlist – Non-fiction Category – Winners announced August 2017

2017 Gourmand ‘Best In The World’ Award – First Book Category

2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award – Health/Wellness Category

2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards – Self-Published Category

2016 London Book Festival – Cookbook Category

Why its not just a cookbook

Inside you’ll find

 

Colour photos for every single recipe & a wealth of information including:

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The Why

 

The truth behind common infant food fallacies;

The why, what and how to begin your little one’s life-long relationship with food;

An expose of what is really in that convenient, ready-made food and the affect it has on your child physically, mentally and emotionally;

The importance and maintenance of gut health;

Why not gluten, dairy and sugar.

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The What

 

Essential nutrients, the role they play, and where to find them;

A detailed glossary for every ingredient used in the book;

Useful charts like the ‘What to Feed When’ food introduction chart, the Dirty Dozen list, ‘The Worst Offenders’ food additives to avoid and more.

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The How

 

Over 100 (mostly) uncomplicated recipes made with easy-to-find ingredients;

A re-introduction of essential traditional foods & food preparation techniques (like sauerkraut, slow-cooked bone broths as well as how and why to soak grains);

‘Do-able’ meals for working parents – all the food can be made in bulk and frozen.

The Cover

Mila's Meals Front Cover

The Contents

Introduction

Unlearn: Infant Food Fallacies

Essential Nutrients
What nutrients baby needs and when
Essential nutrients, the role they play, and where to find them
What to eat when

Feeding with Awareness

Allergens
Convenience vs. Conscience
Toxins
Whole Foods vs. Refined & Processed Foods
Chemical Cuisine: Food Additives
Raw vs. Cooked… which is better?
Eat from the rainbow
Enzymes, Nutrients and Anti-nutrients
Anti-Nutrients
Meat: Organic, Free-Range, Pasture-raised, Grass-fed & GMO.
Fruits and Veggies: Organic, Conventional & GMO.
Why not Gluten, Dairy and Sugar?
What can I eat? Gluten, sugar, & dairy alternatives.
Nutrient Enhancers: my kind of food additives!
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Soul Food

Food Preparation & Storage

Recipes

Don’t Just Eat Food!

Glossary of Ingredients

Equipment

Conversions Charts

Say Who?

Appendix

References

Index

Recipe Index

About the Recipes

There are over 100 recipes (NOT including the different puree combinations).

ALL the recipes are gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.

Most of the food is freezer friendly.

All recipes have an introduction age indicated.

Recipes are marked as vegetarian, vegan, grain-free, egg-free, for adults too, and/or great for lunchboxes.

Every recipe is accompanied by a full colour photo.

The Recipe Categories

(click on the chapter titles to see a visual preview of the recipes)

 

Gluten-free, sugar-free & dairy-free food can be delicious! See for yourself...

Some taste testers

A Sneak Peek Inside

Unlearn: Infant Food Fallacies chapter.
Feeding With Awareness
Recipe page design layout.
Feeding With Awareness chapter detail.

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How to Purchase

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THE NITTY GRITTY

Soft cover

500 pages, full colour

printed on 105gsm cartridge

Dimensions: 280mm x 216mm x 33mm

ISBN Number: 978-0-620-68276-3

500

Page Count

147306

Word Count

178

Recipe Count

20

Mila Counts To

 

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