The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook
Author: Barbara Laino
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
Organic, seasonal, farm-to-table food has become a huge movement–and conscious eating doesn’t stop with the family pet. With the increase in contamination scares of manufactured pet foods and the inclusion of preservatives, grains, and fillers with low-nutrient value, many pet owners are looking for solutions to the issue of what to give their pets. The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook teaches you how to tailor your pet’s diet to their specific nutritional needs for better health and behavior. This book includes 75 recipes that you can make at home, nutritional information for every stage of your pet’s life from puppy or kitten to adulthood, meal plans, healthy snacks and treats, and suggestions for supplementing store bought food with homemade ingredients. The switch from store bought to homemade pet food doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook makes switching your pet over to a homemade diet comfortable, safe, and inexpensive.
In light of so many pet food recalls and diagnosed illness and death in pets from commercial foods and treats, The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook reaches readers in the perfect mind set to try the recipes included in this book. As much as any pet owner wants to do the best for their furry loved ones, this book tries to help the reader accomplish this desire. Some of the recipes seem very complicated to me, but then I am not an expert cook. Some of the ingredients are not readily available in all areas, but I think the reader can get a good idea of what it takes to make the recipes.
The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook also includes treats for your cat or dog. The reader can find tips on making sure your pet is getting the necessary nutrients when feeding a home cooked diet. There are plenty of pictures and the instructions are very easy to understand. You can find tips of how to prepare different foods to induldge your pet. This book is not preachy as some whole food pet cookbooks can be. It is not dumbed down or written in highbrow phrases either. This book is written as though the author actually does cook these meals and fully believes in what she writes. This cannot always be said when writers are tackling trendy topics.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a section on commercial foods. The author lists the best foods both dry and wet and treats as well that any pet owner can purchase. This made me like the book much more than I had before I got to this section. I felt like I was not being accused of mistreating my dog if I did not feed him whole, home cooked meals. Many of us just cannot do it every day, all the time or even sporadically. Reading the “Some Favorite High-Quality Commercial Food Brands, (If you cannot make your own food), section gave me a wonderful feeling instead of feeling like a failure. Barbara Laino also has included foods with high nutritional value you can add to your pets’ meals.
While I did not give this book a high rating, it is only because I just did not find it useful for me. I think anyone looking to change their pets’ meals to whole food home cooked will really enjoy The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook. It is full of good quality recipes for dogs and cats to feed for their full diet and also treats. It really is easy to understand. Photos are bright and crisp to help get an idea of what the end product will be. I would recommend this cookbook for pets to anyone who is interested in changing their furry babies’ diets to home made. Even if you are not going to completely delete commercial foods I think you will find some recipes to make for treats, special occasions or ingredients to add to their diets.