'Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics'
Part cookbook, part nutrition encyclopaedia, part food journal
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 - A comprehensive resource
My goal was to have all the information a gluten-free, sugar-free AND 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.
'Free-from’ food is both delicious AND nutritious.
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!
For the WHOLE family!
The book took me three and a half years to create – 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.
Mila is now 10 years old and still eating the food from this cookbook – for breakfast, in school lunch boxes and for dinner! I eat the meals too 🙂
Gluten-free, sugar-free & dairy-free food can be delicious! See for yourself...
Some taste testers
The Official Book 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, certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Mama to Mila
Photography by: Alfred Lor
MILA'S MEALS: THE BEGINNING & THE BASICS
8 International Book Awards
Gourmand Best of the Best 25 Years – Diet Category
Gourmand ‘Best In The World’ Award – First Book Category
Next Generation Indie Book Award – Health/Wellness Category
Reader’s Favorite Award – Non-Fiction Cooking/Food Category
Living Now Book Award – Cookbooks Natural, Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian Category
Gourmand World Cookbook Award – Self-Published Category
London Book Festival Award – Cookbook Category
International Rubery Book Award – Shortlist – Non-fiction Category
Purchasing Options - South Africa
ANY bookshop in South Africa can order the book for you. Simply give them this ISBN number: 978-0639822808
Why Mila's Meals is #notjustacookbook
Inside you’ll find
Colour photos for every single recipe & a wealth of information including the why, what and how to begin your little one’s life-long relationship with food (or to heal your own)…
The truth behind common infant food fallacies
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
The problems with gluten, dairy and sugar
Essential nutrients, the role they play, and where to find them
Detailed nutrition & preparation information 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.
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