Right From the Start

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What is it?

A recipe book with information on food and nutrition.

Who is it by?

By Daisy Ng, published by MPH.

What is it about?

Daisy Ng has been in the preschool and kindergarten business for some years now. Originally from Singapore, she used to work as an investment banker.

Today, she runs two schools; one of which is Trinity Kids Malaysia, which has won several awards from local magazine BabyTalk‘s Readers’ Choice, including Best Kindergarten 2015 and Best Infant & Toddler Programme 2015.

In this book she shares 40 easy-to-make recipes (tried and tested on her two children as well as the children in her school), as well as tips, information on nutrition, as well as natural remedies.

The knowledge contained in this book comes from her years of experience in the early childhood education industry as well as her own training as a Dr Sears Health Coach.

This is briefly what you’ll get in the book:

Children aged 4-12 months – how to know if your child is ready for solids, food allergies, and preparation and storage of food.

Toddlerhood and preschool years – Starting school, building a child’s immune system, how food builds the brain, types of sugar, and frozen fresh food.

From 6 to 12 years – BMI (body mass index), calories, and sleep.

Picky eaters – Types of picky eaters (and what to do about each type), and suggested food schedule.

Allergies, common ailments and natural remedies – Fevers, allergies, cold and flu, congestion, and diet suggestions.

There’s also information on the food groups, Omega-3, calcium, dairy, probiotics and prebiotics.

What can you learn from it?

So much. This book is packed with interesting tidbits on nutrition, how to work with fussy eaters and even helps you understand your own eating habits as a child.

The recipes will give you lots of ideas and remind you that cooking nutritious meals for your family needn’t be a chore and you don’t need to stand in the kitchen all morning to have healthy meals on the table.

That’s another thing that this book encourages – eating healthy and home-cooked meals. This is one thing that we should try to put back into our lives and our family, besides family dinners.

What did I like about it?

What didn’t I like about it?

Parenting and recipe books aren’t always easy to read. Most times there is too much text and the author might be self-indulgent by including too much information that it becomes a bore or a task to read.

In this case, Ng and the MPH editors have done an excellent job keeping the language simple and the chapters concise. I breezed through this book in a few days and I eagerly wanted to pick it up at every opportunity. The anecdotes about her own family made the book more interesting and it really felt like I was in the author’s home and she was just having a chat with me as she shared stories from her own experiences as a mother and an educator.

I guess that’s why I am excited about this book. In Right From the Start, I got a good recipe book, plus I learnt a lot of things about nutrition and children, and I was also entertained in the process.

Kudos to Ng and MPH for their work in getting the formula right.

I only wish there was no product endorsement, but I appreciate that even when it’s done it is minimal and you will hardly notice it.

Where to get it?

Major bookstores in Malaysia.

Should you get it?

Yes! Yes! Yes! Get it for yourself and buy it as a gift for friends.