New River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook

The Baby & Toddler Cookbook is the latest publication from River Cottage HQ.

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s passion for food took on a new focus eleven years ago when his son Oscar was born. When, at five months old, he started to take an interest in solid food, he was conscious that this was about more than just nourishment; this was the beginning of Oscar’s lifelong adventure with food.

River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook

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Of course they dabbled with baby rice and the odd organic rusk. But really didn’t see the need to unscrew any jars. Oscar was born in early March, and his first forays into the world of solid food coincided with the late July/early August boom in the River Cottage veg garden.

It was hardly a chore to mash up a bit of the veg that they were devouring themselves and offer it up to Oscar on a spoon or a bread soldier.

So Oscar was weaned straight onto mashed carrots, bashed beetroot, creamed spinach, crushed courgettes and pureed peas, shortly followed – as autumn then winter came – by endless variations on the multi-root mash theme, not to mention compotes of River Cottage’s own apples, pears and plums.

Oscar was often given a little of whatever they were eating too – fresh fish, meaty stews, even curries – provided it was of reasonably gum-friendly texture (Oscar was in no hurry to grow teeth). It was an enormous pleasure seeing him enjoying the produce Marie and Hugh had grown themselves, and effectively sharing meals with them.

Early on, they tried to broaden Oscar’s interest in food. Marie and Hugh took him out into the garden in his sling as they picked tomatoes or courgettes, or pulled up the carrots. Back in the kitchen he sat in his chair watching them cook, pottering about, peeling spuds, pulling something out of the oven, prodding, stirring and tasting. Not that it was intended to be a show for his benefit. They spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so where else would he be?

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