Tyler Florence's Start Fresh Cookbook

Book Review

Start Fresh is chef Tyler Florence's new baby food cookbook with the tag line Your Child's Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating. For me personally, this book could not have come at a better time: My mind has begun to turn toward making food for my son when he starts solids in the next couple of months. With a preview of Start Fresh, I'm all the more excited to introduce him to the wonderful world of food:

You may have heard of Sprout, a line of organic baby food that Florence introduced in 2008. Start Fresh is full of Sprout recipes and is similarly divided into stages that start with steamed vegetable purees at six months and build up to multi-ingredient meals for one-year-olds and beyond that the whole family can enjoy. I'm already planning to test some of these recipes myself. For example: My son won't be ready to try Stage 2's Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan and Olive Oil for at least another two or three months, but ever since Florence recommended it as a delicious pasta-topper I can't stop thinking about it! Or what about the step-by-step for making Homemade Almond Milk? It's suggested for introduction at Stage 4 but you can bet I'll be trying it as an alternative to the store-bought stuff long before my son's a year old.

As a new parent, my favorite element of Start Fresh is the practical information Florence was mindful to include for those of us who are forging new territory. For instance: He suggests a blender for fine purees (I probably would have used my food processor). He reminds of the importance of going organic for your child. Something as simple as roasting vegetables is described in steps and the technique's flavor impact is explained.

I was already excited about bringing solid foods into my son's life. This book is such a fun and useful resource that it has served to invigorate that enthusiasm, surely for years to come.

Start Fresh, published by Rodale Press, will be released tomorrow, June 7. Available at Amazon or ask for it at your local bookshop.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.