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Move over mushy carrots and peas: The French teach their children to appreciate new flavors, ingredients, and textures from the first spoonful. No one knows this better than Jenny Carenco, mother of two and founder of leading French baby food brand Les Menus Bébé.
In Bébé Gourmet, Jenny shares her popular recipes from Carrot and Cumin Purée to Baby Beef Bourguignon, along with cooking tips and organizational tricks to help you awaken your baby’s taste buds and encourage healthy eating habits. Recipes for lunches, dinners, and snacks are organized by the major stages of development: 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and up.
Bébé Gourmet features:
• Dishes inspired by culinary traditions from France and other international cuisines
• Nutritional guidance at each stage from Dr. Jean Lalau Keraly, Pediatric Nutritionist and Endocrinologist
• Quick and easy recipes that take under 30 minutes to prepare (many under 15!)
• “Yummy Tips” on adapting recipes for the whole family.
By preparing satisfying, homemade meals, gradually introducing natural ingredients and seasonings, and passing on the pleasures of eating, you’ll be taking the first steps in raising an adventurous eater for life!
About the Author
Jenny Carenco is the creator of Les Menus Bébé, a leading French brand of flavorful, high quality, and 100–percent natural baby food. Her baby food cookbooks have collectively been translated into five languages. She is a mother of two and a graduate of the prestigious MBA program at HEC, France’s premier business school.
Dr. Jean Lalau Keraly is a pediatric endocrinologist with over twenty years of experience. He consults with the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
“[Bébé Gourmet features] dozens of extraordinary-sounding recipes. Carenco’s Baby Beef Bourguignon, with its dry ham and caramelized chestnuts, looks like a dream.”
—New York Times Magazine
“With just the right touch of French flair, a charming must-read for new parents.”
—Karen Le Billon, author of French Kids Eat Everything
“With gusto, and a pinch of inspiration, Bébé Gourmet makes the seasonal ingredients and strong flavors of French cooking accessible for every family.”
—Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris
“The genius of Jenny Carenco's recipes for bébé is that they're not only relatively easy to make, but they're delicious and oh-so French.”
—Amy Thomas, author of Paris, My Sweet
“These are easy, doable recipes. . . . At every stage, Jenny Carenco offers advice on introducing new foods, tempting reluctant eaters, and introducing bits of flair into otherwise simple meals. Carenco takes away much of the worry and anxiety we may feel about cooking for wee ones, and replaces it with the eager anticipation over what baby food to try next.”
“This is an incredibly varied collection of recipes meant to establish an appreciation for all types of nutritious, healthy foods. Beginning with purees and compotes at age four months and progressing through first lunches, dinners, sweets, and on to big kid meals, the author provides quick, easy-to-make, French-inspired meals using all-natural ingredients.”
“[Jenny] Carenco knows her stuff . . . Her recipes are varied and accessible, many are easy and quick to prepare, even with a toddler underfoot. BΘbΘ Gourmet is a fun and simple way to introduce children to new dishes, tastes and smells, with recipes sure to please even the pickiest little eaters!”