Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics

Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics

by Catherine Barnhoorn


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Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics is an award-winning 500-page collection of over 100 gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free wholefood recipes and food ideas for baby's first years (and the rest of the family too).

Part cookbook, part nutrition encyclopedia, part journal of the author’s journey into motherhood, Mila's Meals is a call to action for every parent to be conscious of what they are feeding their little ones, providing a guideline on how to go about this as effectively, effortlessly and joyfully as possible. It is as much about learning how and what to feed your little one, as it is about RE-learning how to feed yourself.


Gourmand ‘Best In The World’ Award – First Book Category

Next Generation Indie Book Award – Health/Wellness Category

Reader’s Favorite Award – Non-Fiction Cooking/Food Category

Living Now Award – Cookbooks Natural, Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian Category

Gourmand World Cookbook Award – Self-Published Category

London Book Festival Award – Cookbook Category

Created, written and published by: Catherine Barnhoorn. Photography by: Alfred Lor

Colour photos for every single recipe & a wealth of information including:

The Why

  • The truth behind common infant food fallacies
  • The why, what and how to begin your little one’s life-long relationship with food.
  • An expose of what is really in that convenient, ready-made food and the affect it has on your child physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • The importance and maintenance of gut health.
  • Reasons to avoid gluten, dairy and sugar.

The What

  • Essential nutrients, the role they play, and where to find them.
  • A detailed glossary for all 156 ingredients used in the book.

The How

  • Over 100 (mostly) uncomplicated recipes made with easy-to-find ingredients.
  • A re-introduction of essential traditional foods & food preparation techniques (like sauerkraut, slow-cooked bone broths as well as how and why to soak grains).
  • ‘Do-able’ meals for working parents - all the food can be made in bulk and frozen.


“At last, a wonderfully creative and thoroughly well researched work of immensely helpful and beneficial guidance, for us as parents! Food and health are inseparable. In today's information age nutritional concepts can be all too confusing, especially when the information is focused on 'what' to eat, rather than exploring and understanding the 'why'. This book introduces important and comprehensible 'why's' of applying food as your medicine, while at the same time, offering truly sumptuous and easy to follow recipes to give our little genetic investments vibrant health and a greater connection to nature, of which we are all an integral part.” - Dr. Jon Morley (MBChB)

“This massive book is a mother-daughter team work. It shares much nutrition information and tips, plus one hundred recipes. The photography is delightful. This is an excellent book.” - Edouard Cointreau, President of the Jury - Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780620682763
Publisher: Catherine Barnhoorn
Publication date: 04/16/2016
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

Catherine is Mom to Mila, a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, an author and chef-in-constant training. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from The University of Cape Town; a diploma in Marketing and Visual Communications from The International Advertising Association; and a diploma in Health Coaching (INCH) from The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. In her 'previous life' Catherine was a graphic designer and branding consultant in London, Johannesburg and Cape Town. A life-changing event in Johannesburg led her to start a new life in Knysna (South Africa) in order to fulfill her promise to 'live a life of meaning'.

Catherine is deeply passionate about empowering parents to make informed decisions with regards to what they feed their children and themselves, and she firmly believes that food can be "the best form of medicine or the slowest form of poison." Catherine sees her, and her daughter's, food intolerances as a blessing which has led them down a path of learning, discovery and good health - which will hopefully stand them in good stead for years to come.

Table of Contents

Foreward Introduction Unlearn: Infant Food Fallacies o Essential Nutrients o What nutrients baby needs and when o Essential nutrients, the role they play, and where to find them o What to eat when Feeding with Awareness o Allergens o Convenience vs. Conscience o Toxins o Whole Foods vs. Refined & Processed Foods o Chemical Cuisine: Food Additives o Raw vs. Cooked... which is better? o Eat from the rainbow o Enzymes, Nutrients and Anti-nutrients o Anti-Nutrients o Meat: Organic, Free-Range, Pasture-raised, Grass-fed & GMO. o Fruits and Veggies: Organic, Conventional & GMO. o Why not Gluten, Dairy and Sugar? o What can I eat? Gluten, sugar, & dairy alternatives. o Nutrient Enhancers: my kind of food additives! o Mess o Soul Food Food preparation and storage Recipes o Thirsty o Off the spoon o Out & About Finger Foods o Eating In Finger Foods o Dip Dips & Spreads o From the Fork (or spoon) o Party Food & Something Sweet o Pantry Items Don't Just Eat Food! Glossary of Ingredients Equipment Conversions Charts Say Who? Appendix References Index Recipe Index

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