Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics - Second Edition

Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics - Second Edition

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Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics - Second Edition
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Catherine and Mila are a mother-daughter team on a mission to bring you the beginning and the basics about food intolerance and how to deal with it in a nutritious and tasty way. They cover all the bases – sugar, dairy and gluten-free. A handy guide packed with the what, why and how in one convenient place for new parents trying to negotiate the tricky business of feeding their little ones nutritious meals they will love, minus the allergens, especially in that delicate stage of your baby’s first year. And of course, parents can also have food intolerance, so this book is a great primer for the whole family! Solid and healthy advice with soul, tried and tested by Mila and her mom.


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  • The second edition includes: revised recipes, new/updated nutrition information and a comprehensive 11-page index
  • A guide to eating gluten, sugar and dairy-free the delicious and nutritious way
  • A what, why and how put together from Catherine and Milas own research and experiences in the kitchen
  • Perfect resource for those with babes and kids with food intolerances
  • Basics on how to make breads, pizza bases, pasta, porridges, muesli, and sweet treats minus gluten, sugar and dairy
  • Essentials on healthy traditional food preparation
  • Learn about harmful additives in convenience foods and how they affect you and your children
  • Over 100 recipes
  • Caters for those ‘fussy eaters’
  • Learn about superfoods
  • Re-learn how to feed yourself
  • Some advice for feeding the soul too!
  • 500 pages


  • Soft cover
  • 500 pages, full colour
  • Printed on 100gsm woodfree paper
  • Dimensions: 280mm x 216mm x 33mm
  • Weight: 1,57kg
  • ISBN Number: 978-0-6398228-0-8

About the Author:

Catherine Barnhoorn is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She 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. 

Awarded six international book awards!:

  • 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
Overall Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars from 18 reviews

17 out of 18 people would recommend this product

31/01/2020, By Organic
09/10/2018, By archilulu
Loving this book cover to cover with so much information that makes so much sense
30/07/2018, By archilulu
Fantastic information that's easy to understand explaining the why's and why not's.

Great recipes. Some of the ingredients are difficult to find in my local shops, so I'm forced to order online.
25/03/2018, By Marijke
A lovely looking book, but not for anyone who is conscious of food miles. Many of the ingredients are imported (all the gluten free flours, maple syrup, xanthum gum, quinoa, xylitol, coconut sugar etc) - can you imagine the carbon footprint of the baked goods? The chickpea flour, potato starch, rice, tapioca & cassava flour etc are all very finely milled and white (bleached?) - one wonders how healthy this is? I find this an odd anomaly - personally I cannot justify the extravagant food miles. I would welcome a book using freshly made/ milled LOCAL ingredients.
05/01/2018, By Q
I wish I had this book before I had my babies! Gosh, I wish my mother had this book when we were babies!!

If you are looking for the best and healthiest way to raise your children, in fact, your entire family - get this book!! It will save you years of research and confusion- which I have been doing! Truly worth it’s weight in gold!!

Get it as a baby shower gift! The mom will thank you for years to come!!
10/12/2017, By Cassie
Wow this book has really made a big impact on me! It has given me the tools to make the changes necessary to make my diet that much healthier. Full of helpful information in addition to the awesome recipes, I have ended up buying 5 more for family and friends and I am sure I will buy more!n
28/11/2017, By Kate
Bought this on the Black Friday sale and I am so glad I did, I have learnt a ton from it already and even started making some of the recipes. The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that some of the recipes seem a little bit over complicated in terms of how many specialised ingredients are needed, some suggestions for alternative ingredients should certain ingredients not be available, would be very helpful here.
22/11/2017, By DM
Great book with so much educational information. Great recipes.
21/11/2017, By Rita
Perfect for parents who want to get their kids started on solids the right way.
13/08/2017, By Annette
Excellent book. So much information and lovely recipe ideas. Don't be put off by the price, its a big book with loads of info and detail. Definitely worth it!
20/07/2017, By Simone
I love how she creates healthy alternative for all the well liked toddler and child meals. I have this book out on my kitchen counter permanently. I reference it daily!
12/06/2017, By Elijah
This book is life changing. Not only are the recipes great, but the wealth of useful, well researched, well laid out, easy to understand health information alone, makes it well worthwhile.
28/05/2017, By Clova
Love this book! I bought it in preparation for introducing my little girl to solids and it has helped inspire me to approach something which was quite daunting. I'm now excited to get started!
19/09/2016, By Jenna
This is my bible when it comes to preparing food for my little one. So much information, so many great ideas, a phenomenal glossary. I would say that every single mom-to-be should read Catherines book (not to mention any adults suffering from auto immune issues!). Her gentle approach to introducing solids without falling prey to societys obsession with unhealthy reats for babies and toddlers is refreshing and inspiring. Gut health starts from birth and will effect your childs health throughout his/her life. It is time we start taking this seriously. Buy it!
27/07/2016, By Melissa
Firstly let me point out that Faithful to Nature offers this book for an excellent price. I compared it to several other online stores and on one of them, it was almost double what Faithful to nature charges! The book is a hefty one, nearly 500 pages!! It is chock full of nutritional information -for babys first year as advertised- but really is helpful for all ages. Lots of wonderful recipes and I really like the layout of this book. Very pleased with this purchase!
14/06/2016, By Lindsay
Incredible. Phenomenal. Amazing. Honestly - one of my greatest purchases! Every single mother should have this Encyclopedia/Recipe book at hand. Catherine has done the groundwork and research for all of us and she has lovingly chosen to share not just her recipes, but every tiny bit of information she has learnt along her journey. From details regarding enzymes, to enlightening information on antioxidants, to stating at what age each meal is suited to, to explaining each vitamin or nutrient in a simple table format, and even how long one can store each recipe and every ingredient (all 156!) This thick 500 page book is unbelievably amazing and beautifully written with such love and passion to help other mothers understand what food can and will do to your children.

So many mothers take so much time decorating nurseries or childrens bedrooms, or choosing the cutest outfits. I feel it is absolutely tragic that often, unless your child displays some form of dairy intolerance or food allergy, one does not think to pay as much attention to what they put in their childs body. Personally, I would rather decrease my childs chance of developing depression or cancer and optimising their true potential than have those tiny cute pair of All-Star baby shoes. Great to have both if you can though ;)

So please, don even doubt to purchase this book. It is worth every single cent. Then I challenge you to find the passion in yourself that wants the best for your child and start learning these new food names and start cooking.......the recipes are uncomplicated and so detailed even the most inexperienced cook would be able to make them!

Someone once said live as if you have had a heart attack or stroke and you never will. I think we could all take a leaf out of this book (pardon the pun!)
29/01/2016, By Robyn
This is a delightful and well-informed feast of a book that is especially written for children that suffer with food intolerances. Although my son Cassian is able to eat everything, I absolutely devour recipes that are free of the usual culprits like dairy, sugar and gluten. Catherine, the author, is especially mindful of gut health, too. The book comes with some great advice on eating for the soul
27/01/2016, By Lisa
I ordered this book apprehensively because I love seeing a recipe book before I buy it. I usually only buy it once there are at least a dozen recipes that appeal to me.

It was the authors philosophies that convinced me to buy this book: that all disease starts in the gut, we shouldn be eating dairy or sugar and that with the right meal prep eating right can be possible for a working family.

This book has delivered over and above what I expected! I haven tried any recipes yet (I only just got the book), but every one has appealed to me so far. I love that its written by a South African so she uses produce that isn impossible to source or too expensive to afford. Nearly all her recipes can be frozen with handy instructions on how long theyll last in the freezer.

Its informatively written, easy to read and has exquisite photos. Everything about this book entices you. Im so excited to get stuck into the recipes. If you
e deliberating on buying this book, just do it! Itll make a wonderful gift for anyone wanting to eat healthy (not just moms).

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