Eat, play, love. Babble.com’s Food Issue. April 2009.

The Food Issue

Eat, play, love. by Babble Editors

April 20, 2009

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What is it about a recession that makes our thoughts go to food? It seems that every time the Dow dips lower, a new batch of books, websites and articles rushes to the surface, telling us how to eat better, more thoughtfully, for less money. Maybe it’s because food is universally comforting, and we all could use a big bowl of mac-and-cheese right about now. Or maybe it’s because, when we’re paring our family budgets down to just the essentials, food will always top the list.

In this spirit, Babble is dedicating the next two weeks to food: local food, play food, junk food, cheap food, and of course, baby’s first food (that’s breastmilk or formula, for those of you just joining us). We asked five top chefs what they feed their kids – and got the recipes. Then we interviewed real kids about their food choices (hilarity ensued). We asked two moms – one who refuses to “go organic,” another who’s a leader of the “real food” movement – to defend their grocery choices.

We shopped around for the best play kitchens and kids cooking tools for our Babble Best feature. We got expert advice for teaching your kids healthy habits, getting them to eat the occasional vegetable, and for grocery shopping on a budget – plus, more recipes! And author Jennifer Block wowed us with one of the most insightful articles about breastfeeding we’ve ever read.

We’ll be wheeling all of these articles out over the next two weeks, along with a plethora of food-related blog posts on Strollerderby (see especially our Kitchenista recipes). In the meantime, we’ve posted our full archive of food articles below, for your browsing pleasure. It’s a lot to digest all at once – so take your time and enjoy. – The Babble Editors

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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3 Most Common Mistakes:

Kids’ Eating Habits

By Babble Editors

How to pass on a healthy attitude about food — even if you don’t have one.

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Recession Nutrition

By Melissa Rayworth

Ten expert tips for saving money on healthy meals. Plus three kid- and wallet-friendly recipes.

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The Backlash to Breast is Best

By Jennifer Block

Why exactly is breastfeeding under attack?

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Babble Best: Kids’ Cooking Tools

By Kate Bayless

Let your kid make real food!

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Parental Advisory:

The Mac n’ Cheese Rut

By Rebecca Odes & Ceridwen Morris

Nine ways to get your toddler to eat vegetables.

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5-Minute Time Out:

Real Food for Mother and Baby

By Jacqueline Beach

Author Nina Planck on raw milk, salmon roe and other unlikely baby food.

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Food Advice From Kids

By Brett Berk & Lauren De Luca

What would improve salad? “Chocolate chips.”

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Bad Parent: Organic Schmorganic

By Jeanne Sager

I buy my family pesticide-sprayed, foreign-grown food.

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Small Plates

By Philip Gutensohn

What five top chefs feed their own kids.

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Babble Best: Play Kitchens

By Kate Bayless

Training grounds for your future foodie.

FROM OUR ARCHIVES
HOW TO EAT HEALTHY
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7 Simple Family Meals

By Gillian Clark

The single-mom chef’s best recipes for busy families.

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The Babble List: Organic Buying Guide

By Allison Pennell

Foods to buy organic; foods to stop worrying about.

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5-Minute Time Out: Two Angry Moms

By Jessica Wakeman

School-lunch crusaders take on the USDA and the slushie.

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5-Minute Time Out: Jessica Seinfeld

By Gwynne Watkins

Jerry’s other half hides vegetables in brownies.

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Toddler Nutrition

By the Babble Staff

How can I make sure my picky eater still eats nourishing food?

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Organic Food for Kids

By the Babble Staff

How severely do toxins and pesticides affect my child’s overall health?

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How We Live: Top Chef

By Nicole Polec and Lindsay Armstrong

L’Espalier’s James Hackney invites us into his family’s cozy Boston home.

IN DEFENSE OF JUNK FOOD
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In Praise of Junk

By Brett Berk

Why giving kids only what’s “good for them” is a bad idea.

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Bad Parent: Supersize Me

By Jennifer Blaise Kramer

How becoming a parent sold me on fast food.

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Bad Parent: Let Them Eat Nuggets

By Amy S.F. Lutz

My kids are picky eaters, and I’m okay with that.

ALLERGIES
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Food for Thought

By Adrienne Martini

Allergies are on the rise. So is misinformation.

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Milklore

By Miriam Axel-Lute

Your baby is not lactose intolerant. Trust me.

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Allergies

By the Babble Staff

What are some of the basic facts I need to know about food allergies?

FOOD FOR MOTHERS
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The Six Biggest Pregnancy Myths

By L.J. Williamson

In defense of sushi, cheese, hair dye — and common sense.

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Diet and Nutrition for Pregnant Women

By the Babble Staff

What does a healthy pregnancy diet look like?

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Bad Parent: Weight Watcher

By Jeanne Sager

Am I passing my eating disorder on to my daughter?

BREASTFEEDING AND BOTTLE FEEDING
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Your Breastfeeding Timeline

By Jeanne Sager

Solutions for the first day, week, month and beyond.

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The Breastfeeding Conspiracy

By Marjorie Ingall

Believe it or not, formula isn’t poison.

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Bad Parent: Straight to the Bottle

By Tricia Grissom

I chose not to breastfeed.

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Milk Money

By Kate Tuttle

Is breastfeeding really cheaper than formula? Not always.

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Feeding Schedules

By the Babble Staff

Is it better to feed on a schedule or wait until my baby is hungry?

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Foods for Breastfeeding

By the Babble Staff

Are there any foods I should avoid while breastfeeding?

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Breastfeeding for Working Moms

By the Babble Staff

What alternative solutions to breastfeeding at work?

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Breastfeeding and the Guilt of Bottle-feeding

By the Babble Staff

Is bottle feeding harmful for a baby?

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Breastfeeding Complications

By the Babble Staff

What are common breastfeeding complications?

SOLID FOODS
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Parental Advisory: Mealtime

By Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris

When are breastfed babies ready for solids?

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Babble Best: Organic Baby Food

By Nicole Feliciano

Our five favorite all-natural eats.

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Parental Advisory: Yum, Strained Peas

By Rebecca Odes and Cerdiwen Morris

Six ways to get a baby interested in solid food.

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Face Off: Food Mills

By Steve Almond

Which gadget makes the best baby food?

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Parental Advisory: Dine and Dash

By Rebecca Odes and Cerdiwen Morris

How can I teach my restless son table manners?

STATISTICS
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Cribsheet: Food

By Sarah Sundberg

Last year, your kid ate 25 lbs of candy.

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