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Gluten-free dairy-free AND sugar-free recipes, food ideas and nutritional information for baby’s first years (and the rest of the family too). Award-winning cookbook 'Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics'.
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Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics (First Edition)





The only cookbook you will need for the first few years of your child’s life!

Mila’s Meals: The Beginnings & The Basics is a multiple award-winning collection of nourishing wholefood recipes and food ideas for baby’s first years (and the rest of the family too). Free from gluten, refined sugar, dairy and artificial additives.

Created, written and published by: Catherine Barnhoorn.

Photography by: Alfred Lor

Over 100 recipes from pureés to solids, ALL free from gluten, sugar and dairy – this is the only book you will need for the first few years of your ‘free-from’ child’s life.

Awarded six international book awards!:
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 Award – Cookbooks Natural, Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian Category
Gourmand World Cookbook Award – Self-Published Category
London Book Festival Award – Cookbook Category

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With over 100 recipes from purées to solids, ALL free from gluten, sugar and dairy – Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics is the only book you will need for the first few years of your ‘free-from’ child’s life.

Color photos for every recipe and a wealth of information including:

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.

The What
* Essential nutrients, the role they play, and where to find them.
* A detailed glossary for every ingredient used in the book.

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.

Part food journal, part recipe book, part nutrition encyclopedia, it 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 achieve this as effectively and effortlessly as possible. If you are a new Mama or know anyone who is; if your child has food allergies or intolerance’s; if you plan to raise your children on a ‘free from’ diet or if you would simply like to nutritionally educate yourself then this is the book for you.

Read a review of Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Reader’s Favorite here.

Product Details:

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Mila’s Meals; 1 edition (November 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0620682760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0620682763
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 3 x 21,5 cm’s
  • Shipping Weight: 1,8kg
Mila's Meals The Beginning & The Basics by Catherine Barnhoorn
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Weight 1.8 kg
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Weight 1.8 kg
Dimensions 36 × 28 × 5 cm
Reviews (11)

11 reviews for Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics (First Edition)

  1. Catherine

    “At last, a wonderfully creative and thoroughly well researched work of immensely helpful and beneficial guidance, for us as parents!
    Food and health are inseparable. In today's information age nutritional concepts can be all too confusing, especially when the information is focused on 'what' to eat, rather than exploring and understanding the 'why'.
    This book introduces important and comprehensible 'why's' of applying food as your medicine, while at the same time, offering truly sumptuous and easy to follow recipes to give our little genetic investments vibrant health and a greater connection to nature, of which we are all an integral part.
    Toward healing, awareness and peace! Thank you Catherine.”
    – Dr. Jon Morley (MBChB)

  2. Catherine

    “Catherine has managed to fit a veritable encyclopedia worth of knowledge and wisdom into this beautiful book.
    As a mother, I will value this resource for referring to time and again when preparing food for my family. I will turn to it when deciding on the best choices, in terms of personal and environmental health, while shopping and preparing delicious, healthy meals for my loved ones.
    Painstaking attention to detail is paid to all things food and health related that we may all have heard of or read about, but are unsure of how to integrate into our daily lives.
    The creative and wholesome recipe ideas will continually be an inspiration in my kitchen, and yours, for years to come!”
    – Esme Morley (A mom)

  3. Catherine

    “This well-researched and masterfully created book is a true gift to aware parents who want to give their children the best start to life.”
    – Dr Hanna Grotepass MBChB, Homeopath, Synchronization Harmonics practitioner

  4. Catherine

    “This book has changed my life, there are no other words for it! I want to say a massive CONGRATULATIONS to one of our very own customers, Catherine Barnhoorn on this amazing accomplishment. This book is a journey of information and recipes to help you with a Gluten, Dairy and Sugar Free diet or a “Free-From Diet” Johannes and I always want to eat this way but sometimes get stuck with the busy-ness of life, so I highly recommend it! When Catherine told me that she was doing a book (and another customer told me she was helping with the editing!!) I was intrigued to see what it would be like, when I got my copy just before Christmas my eyes fell out of my head, this book is not only beautiful, and well presented with amazing photography but the information that is packed into here is just amazing. I never knew what all the different “E-Numbers” meant, I never knew that one was colour one was something else, and now I do, when we got to this page in the book Johannes ran to the fridge to see what we had with an E-Number and then told me exactly what was in it! I also find the recipes to be so easy and quick, something that this lifestyle doesn’t normally lend itself too. Please support Catherine as she truly deserves it, this book is well worth every penny."
    Shelley Viljoen, Owner Farm Fresh Direct

  5. Catherine

    “Happiness is ….
    Just received my copy of the most amazing book. Friends with children, or those with food intolerances MUST check this out. Cannot wait to get stuck in, thanks Catherine Barnhoorn, it delivered even more than I imagined it could ever do.”
    Abigail Irish

  6. Catherine

    “This book will shed light on how you look at your child’s moods, foods, toxic exposures, colic, constipation, ear infections, runny nose, asthma and so much more. When we know the reason why our kids are not feeling well, it’s so much easier to find solutions. With all the things we have to do as a parent, we forget to teach our children how important self care is as they grow. Well baby makes a well adult!
    Plus, I found the conversation between Catherine and Mila so heartwarming. Thank you Catherine for sharing your love, truth and your knowledge. New mothers need this book!"
    Connie Tomlyn

  7. Catherine

    “Just collected my book! Sitting in the parking lot and cannot put it down!!!!!
    All I can say is wow.
    I'm gonna try read through it all later (in bed, not the car in 40 degree heat) and then cant wait to feature and sell it via my blog.”
    Dani Silberman, #BabyJakesMom,

  8. Catherine

    “This book is so full of info, do-able recipes and beautiful photos. My rather fussy son loves the fruit leather rolls, and another favourite is the avocado based icing/frosting. I can't wait to try more of the recipes in here.”
    Lisa Ellis, Mom to 2 boys

  9. Catherine

    “Just received my copy! Wow, what an inspiring recipe book!
    Beautifully presented and all the information & recipes easy to read.
    A must have for any-one wanting to start their children on healthy, nutritious eating habits.
    Not only what to eat but, importantly, why to be gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free!
    Can't recommend this book highly enough.”
    Amazon Customer

  10. Catherine

    “What a beautiful and information packed guide and cookbook for nourishing your baby. Catherine shares her pre pregnancy health challenged journey through the birth of her daughter. Motivated by her babies health challenges and gastro intestinal symptoms she embarks on journey of research and discovery. Catherine guides the reader to take an active role in educating yourself on the foods you choose for your child. There are invaluable chapters on whole foods nutrition, avoiding food additives, rainbow nutrition, techniques on proper food preparation that help with absorption & many delicious recipes. This is a resource book that I will recommend to families with newborns, one that you will refer to over and over again. Thank you Catherine, I wish I had this resource when I was a new mom."
    Cathy Vogt

  11. Catherine

    “I certainly wish my mother had this book when I was a baby, spending my first year of life in the hospital due to food allergies! So many newborns suffer for sensitivities and it is an area that needs attention! This books does just that and provides families with easy recipes for any infant, providing healthy options that are easily available in any home! This is a "go-to" resource for any new mother! A must have for sure!"
    Shelley Ugyan

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