Sunday, October 10, 2010
Interview with Adrianne Hunter about An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food
What inspired you to write this book?
When it was time to start my son on baby food, I did the math in my head and realized how much money it actually was to buy pre-made baby food from the store. I was shocked by how much other ingredients went into them. We were going through a tough time, financially, so I was trying to find any way possible to save us money. After doing a lot of research on the subject, I was very excited to see how much money I could save our family simply by making Will’s food as opposed to buying it pre-made. It was great to know exactly what my baby was eating.
I was the only person amongst my friends or family who made baby food, and I began to get so many questions about it. I thought to myself that perhaps other mothers out there would want this same information. I wanted to share the basic essentials on how to make homemade baby food, a resource I had a hard time finding but wished I had. My goal was to write an easy to follow recipe book with all of my lessons learned and tips in one place.
How hard was it for you to sit down and put together the book?
Writing the book came easy to me because I knew exactly what I wanted to say, but finding the time was difficult because I was working full time and taking care of a rambunctious toddler. I didn’t have much free time, needless to say.
What advice can you give to someone who is thinking about writing a book or is in the process of writing?
To be honest, writing a book was never on my “list of things to do.” But I began to feel a passion for this and felt inspired to write. My advice is to just go with your inspiration and write what you’re passionate about so your writing is truly heartfelt.
Also, I would say to be persistent. It is hard being an unknown, first time author. If you truly want to write and be published, keep on trying and sending your manuscript out to publishers. I think I received several rejections before Diversion Press believed in my book as much as I did.
What can you tell a reader about the book that will make them want to pick up a copy?
This book gives simple, straight-forward instructions on how to make baby food and has all of the wonderful recipes that my son loved to eat. Every other book that I found on this topic went into too many details about science and nutrition and only focused one chapter on baby food with the rest of the book focusing on toddlers. Many websites I searched were very overwhelming to me as a new mother as they had an enormous amount of information to read through. This book is a step-by-step guide providing the essentials on what to make, how to make it, and when to make it as your baby grows with useful tips along the way.
What advice do you have for new (or seasoned) mothers who might be considering making their own baby food?
It’s not as scary as you may think it would be! It’s actually pretty easy as long as you know the basics. Once you have the basics, you can get as fancy as you like or just keep it simple. All you need is a little time and a little knowledge, and the rest is easy. This book will gives all the tools you need without all the extra stuff.
What are your plans/scheduled events where we might meet you and get a signed copy?
Nothing set in stone yet, but I am currently working to get some events scheduled, which I will post to my blog page http://adriannehunter.wordpress.com.
Any other comments that you would like to be included?
It’s been a while since I actually made baby food; my son is now four years old. We just had our second baby, a little girl. I am excited to use my own book as a refresher on how I did it the first time!!
To purchase a copy please follow this link
An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food