I regularly get requests from parents of new babies about good resources for starting solid foods–with more diversity and ‘spice’ than the regular baby books. One of my favorite blogs is French Foodie Baby, written by Hélène, a French mom living in the US. Her menus for baby Pablo (started when he was 6 months, now a toddler) are mouthwatering! And give great insight into food diversification à la Française. A typical recipe for a 6 month old: celeriac and sunchoke soup!
Here’s a lovely quote from the blog:
It seems to be taken for granted in the US that kids will innately dislike vegetables. But French mothers assume they will like them—and they do! I believe taste and appreciation of good and healthy foods, and curiosity for a wide variety of foods, can be learned and taught, and the earlier the better. Even my pediatrician was somewhat surprised that Pablo ate vegetables of all colors easily and thus didn’t need to take a vitamin supplement.
–Hélène, mom of one and a half year-old Pablo
Happy reading–and eating!