Book Review and Giveaway: Organically Raised by Anni Daulter (closed)

by Chrystal Johnson on August 23, 2010

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Organicallyraised I consider myself a pretty good, from-scratch cook (my husband and I even wrote a from scratch cookbook for expats when we were living in Uruguay), but sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with new recipes that are both healthy and tasty—especially on busy nights.

I received a copy of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers from the author, Anni Daulter, to review. The first thing I noticed when I opened the book is that her son and my daughter share a name, Zoë ☺ So, a nice starting point, not to mention the beautiful photography throughout the book.

After reading Organically Raised from cover to cover, I think it’s a great starting point for moms looking for healthy recipes and food preparation techniques—not only for their babies, but for their whole family. Anni goes over the basics of making purees and baby food for older babies, but she also provides recipes for toddlers, most of which would also be great for adults. I’m really looking forward to trying a lot of the recipes.

With it being summer, we’ve been making a lot of homemade smoothie popsicles, so Zoë and I made the “Havana’s herbal peach tea frozen ice pops with crushed fruit.” They sounded like they would be an interesting, yet refreshing, change from our typical smoothie popsicles. Brian and I weren’t huge fans (to me they mostly just tasted like frozen tea), but the girls loved them. Kaylee actually threw a fit when she couldn’t get it in her mouth anymore.

Popsicles-organicallyraised

There are several more recipes I’m looking forward to trying out, such as:

  • Mackenzie’s superstar sweet potato cakes with sour cream
  • Tennie’s Spanish veggie burger bites with flaxseed
  • Joey’s roasted coconut oat balls
  • Baby turns 1 no-sugar birthday cake
  • Kael’s Mexican rice tortilla soup (we’ll be waiting for winter on this one)

I don’t agree with some of the advice given in the book, like using agave nectar and avoiding all saturated fats (I’ve shared before that saturated fats get a bad rap—coconut oil is amazing and full of saturated fat), but for the most part, I think Anni gives an excellent overview of healthy food preparation.

If you’re looking for a good cookbook to inspire you to prepare healthy meals for your whole family, check out Organically Raised.

You can purchase Organically Raised by Anni Daulter on Amazon.com.

The Giveaway
One lucky reader will win a copy of Organically Raised.

To enter, simply visit Anni’s websites, Organically Raised Cookbook and Conscious Family Living and leave a comment back here telling me something you learned.

For additional entries:

  1. Subscribe to Happy Mothering via RSS or email
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Remember, you must leave a separate comment for each entry to count.

This contest will run through Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen the following day at random.org and announced on The Happy Mothering blog. US entries only.

Happy Mothering was not compensated for this giveaway. The company did provide us with a sample for the review and giveaway, but this did not influence our opinion of the company or the product.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

{ 20 comments }

1 lenore August 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm

They also promote rainbow eating which I think is a great way to eat. Not only do you get a great variety of foods. But a beautiful dish which makes you happier too!
lynette355@yahoo.com

2 Claire August 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Hi Chrystal, how are you? This cook book looks awesome! We are trying desparately in a culture that virtually lives on dulce de leche desserts to avoid giving our bubba Mateo any refined sugar food products. It is so cool to see the recipe idea for the 1st birthday cake. Do you think you could pass that recipe on to me at my private email address, please?! His birthday is the 3rd of Sept.
We’re also doing out best to give him the rainbow of veges, and he loves beetroot, carrots, sweet potatoe (kumara where I come from!) and butternut squash. Thanks so much for the new ideas.
I knew honey wasn’t good for him in the first year but I didn’t realise botulinum toxin was also found in soil. That is something that I learnt and I wonder if the old adage of ‘if he eats dirt he’ll build antibodies’ is still valid with today’s new research?
Besos from us in Uruguay!

3 RandomRecycling August 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I visited Anni’s website and was reminded to enjoy the peaches that are both in season and local right now, as they won’t be nearly as good in the middle of winter after spending time on planes and trucks.
Emily
-randomrecycling@gmail.com

4 Amy August 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I love the idea of rainbow eating and eating in season! We try to do that in our family. I would love to win this cookbook and try out her recipes!
-Amy
Crafting by Candlelight
(visiting from MBC!)

5 sterilizers August 31, 2010 at 12:20 am

I knew honey wasn’t good for him in the first year but I didn’t realise botulinum toxin was also found in soil. Thanks for infor.

6 samantha September 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

she promotes rainbow eating. i am going to be using this with my class this year.
thanks!
kangabunnie@gmail.com

7 Elizabeth N. September 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I didn’t know that many pediatricians advise parents to start with fresh pureed single-ingredient fruits and veggies—such as apples, pears, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, peas, avocados, or bananas.

8 Sarah Hull September 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I learned about a recipe that I can make with tofu – sunshine’s chocolate tofu pops! I have been wanting my son to try it, but didn’t know what to do with it!

9 Sarah Hull September 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Follow @HappyMothering on Twitter (@trvlgrl121)

10 Sarah Hull September 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Voted for Happy Mothering on Top Mommy Blogs

11 Cookie Kay September 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I learned that Ricki Lake is a big fan of organic!

12 Cookie Kay September 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I subscribed to your email

13 Cookie Kay September 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I like organically raised on facebook

14 Cookie Kay September 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I friended happy mothering on facebook

15 Cookie Kay September 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I voted for you on top mommy blogs

16 Janice September 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I learned the first to know when cooking is mindfulness!

17 Janice September 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I like organically raised on fb

18 Janice September 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I follow happymothering on twitter

19 Julie Davis September 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I learned Gwen Stefani read the book

20 Julie Davis September 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm

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