Feeding little kids day in and day out can be draining, so I was so happy to discover the Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book: 120 Recipes to Let Your Baby Take the Lead by Annabel Karmel, the popular UK-based child nutrition expert who’s written dozens of books about feeding kids over the past 25 years. It just launched in the US a few weeks ago, after a successful UK run.

And actually, “happy” doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this cookbook, which I couldn’t wait to come here and share with all of you.

In fact, it’s a really helpful resource, even if you’re not on the baby-led weaning train, or have slightly older kids.

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Related: Baby-Led Feeding, a fascinating new book that teaches you how to go ahead and skip purées.

Weaning Waffles recipe for children 8mo + via Annabel Karmel

Weaning Waffles recipe on @annabelkarmal‘s Instagram feed, for babies 8mo+
Doesn’t that look better than some purée?

If you’re new to baby-led weaning, know that the recipe book takes on a straight-to-solids approach, skipping the purées and spoon-feeding.

(Also skipping the “here comes the airplane” coaxing. Phew.)

The book is full of gorgeous photography and easy recipes that use only a handful of ingredients. Plus, most of the recipes — like Squash, Spinach, and Ricotta Risotto or Tuna Tortilla Tartlets — seem like great dinner options for the whole family, not just the babes.

This way, you don’t have to cook two separate meals at each meal. I may be serving waffles — but this isn’t a Waffle House, kiddos.

The Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book is available at our affiliate Amazon or at your favorite local bookstore.