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Food You Hold in Your Hand . . . and Your Mouth

By jeannesager |

top-100-finger-foodsBreakfast in my house was starting to get dreary. My daughter was asking for cereal. Or cinnamon toast. Or yogurt. And that, my friends, was it.

Three things. Day in and day out. So when I got the chance to check out Annabel Karmel’s new cookbook for Babble, I was practically slobbering.

You might know Karmel as the mom behind the Top 1oo Baby Purees? No? I confess I wasn’t a “make my own baby food” kind of Mom. I just didn’t have time (and before you lecture me on how little time it takes, honey, you don’t have my life – I don’t have yours). But where the idea of pureeing all night long left me cold, I warmed immediately to the recipes in Top 100 Finger Foods.

Karmel is a regular face on Brit TV, but she’s also been on the View, the Today Show and Live With Regis and Kelly here in the states. She’s written a host of cookbooks for parents, and she’s got a tragic story behind it all that makes her success awe inspiring.

This time around she’s attempting healthy finger foods for toddlers, the stuff she calls “recipes for a healthy, happy child.” With prep times runing from five to fifty minutes and easy-to-find ingredients, the book gets a thumbs up from the start for pure ease of use.

The book also sports ideas for soothing teething tots and she’s cognitive of choking hazards (obviously a parent wrote this book!).

But maybe I’m just stuck in a rut. Maybe it’s because she’s British?

Or maybe it’s just a great book for families, because I found a lot of kick starter ideas for cooking for my pre-schooler, stuff that can easily get slipped into her lunchbox as she heads off for kindergarten next year. It’s easy to make but healthy (there are some treats in there too – don’t worry), and there are fun ways to present the food that doesn’t take a Martha Stewart trick.

You can also check out her site for some great dinner ideas for the whole family.

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Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer and photographer living in upstate New York with her husband and daughter, Jillian. She maintains a blog of her award-winning columns at

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0 thoughts on “Food You Hold in Your Hand . . . and Your Mouth

  1. Black Sheep says:

    I like her books! Plus my daughter’s name is Annabel, same spelling.

  2. ביטוח רכב says:

    Sounds like a great book for toddelrs food, thaks for the advise

  3. PlumbLucky says:

    Love her books and I am adding this to my perennial “book wish list” :-) .

  4. brex says:

    I have one of her books and I love it as well.

    Also, what’s wrong with eating the same things for breakfast? I (along with my 10-month-old) eat the same thing every day and I don’t really think I’m worse off for it.

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