Ciao! Welcome to Buona Pappa. 
My name is Barbara Lamperti, I’m Italian and I’m a mom of two wonderful kids, 6 and 8 years old.
I’m married to Albert, a wonderful husband and dad. We met in Rome, Italy. At that time I was working there and he was visiting his family…I do not know if you know the movie “Roman Holidays”…but our story is very similar to that 🙂 We started dating knowing that it was just for a short holiday (I lived in Italy, he lived in Los Angeles…too far, too many hours…no way!) and we ended up marrying two years later!! That’s life&love!

That’s how I quit my job, said ‘good bye’ to friends, double hugged my family, put everything I classified “essential” in two suitcases (ONY TWO, yes..) and took my flight to Los Angeles…a city that I only saw in movies and tv shows!!
I’ve always loved cooking, for my family, my friends and myself. I’m not a chef, I’m a mom and a wife with a huge passion for food, cooking and eating healthy.
When Luca was 6 months I was totally uneducated about the meaning of baby food. I always had a passion for food…but for “adult” food. I really had no clue on what to give to a 6 months baby!! At the beginning I tried the organic baby food jars, but Luca’s face was not terribly happy about the taste. I tried them and I couldn’t blame him for not being crazy about them. That’s when I started searching, reading, asking to my mom’s friends, my Italian pediatrician, my mom…and that’s when I realized that homemade baby food it’s easy to prepare, 100% healthy, less expensive and with no doubt more taste than anything else you can buy.
….and few months later BuonaPappa was born, (in Italian means “enjoy your baby food”). I thought that if I had issues cooking for my baby for the first time, well, maybe I was not the only mom in this situation. Why not sharing what I learned with other moms (and dads!!) all around the world?
Thanks to my lovely husband (by the way…he’s the Director + Director of Photography + Camera Operator + Sound Supervisor + grip + electric + buy the milk guy) I ended up with more than 100 videos on my YouTube channel and more to come. We started on a weekend during one of Luca’s naps. We literally learned everything from zero. We had a lot of fun, that’s why we keep doing it.

On BuonaPappa you will find homemade baby food recipes, recipes for toddlers, recipes for picky eaters and traditional Italian recipes for the whole family. Everything is kids’friendly and still yummy for an adult palate.
I’m a self-taught graphic designer and editor (thanks, YouTube tutorials!!!!!) and I feel so lucky I can do something I really enjoy. Every day I’m learning something new, it’s amazing! I feel blessed that I can work from home taking care of Luca and Alex.
THANK YOU for following BuonaPappa!
I feel honored and humbled daily that you would stop by and view my recipes.
Grazie mille!

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    Wendy Cassidy
    January 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Hi… my husband and I stumbled upon your video explaining how you shoot your videos and the equipment you use. We quickly went to your Youtube channel and loved it! We don’t have kids, but your gluten free recipes have us hooked. I’m making the tapioca cheese bread recipe today.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      January 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      awwww, thank you!!! I’m so glad you liked my recipes!! lol, you are right, I’m talking to moms mainly but who said that kid friendly food is not adult friendly??? Let me know if you like the tapioca balls!!!! ciao, b

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    Ana
    May 3, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Hi Barbara – I love all your recipes and eat to make them all. I was just wondering where do you buy your cheeses or what brands so you use. I have made some of your recipes without cheese because I didn’t do what brand to get as I thought cheese had salt and it’s not good for my 10 month old. Thank you for all your delicious recipe ideas.
    Ana

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      Barbara Lamperti
      May 30, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Ana! I buy my cheese either at the grocery store (I usually go to Trader’s Joe, I like their selection) or at the farmer’s market. Being local products they are not from big brands, they are usually from small local companies or farms. Salt. yes, cheese has sodium inside but it’s not harmful for your baby. The general recommendation is not to ADD any salt to your baby food, that doesn’t mean that the food that you offer him doesn’t contain sodium at all. Moderation is the key. Mixing some ingredients that contain a moderate amount of sodium is fine. I always suggest that extra teaspoon of grated Parmesan Cheese on top of my savory baby recipes. It gives an extra touch of flavor without hurting 🙂 Ciao!!! b

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    Ilanit nakach
    May 6, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I am waiting for your tutorial on editing the Food videos

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      Barbara Lamperti
      May 30, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Hi! It’s a tricky one. I’ve been thinking about it and my major doubt is that the editing software that I use (FinalCutPro7) is an old one and a professional one. There are so many softwares on the market (free and not) that you can use that I don’t know how many people could be interested in my specific one. On the other side I was thinking about another video “how to film a video recipe with your iPhone” that might be interesting for more people.

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    Cheryl
    June 12, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I found your you tube channel accidently as my 1 year old was going through a funny phase of refusing food so I decided to try a few different recipies and she has loved them All!

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      Barbara Lamperti
      July 5, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      awww, that’s simply awesome!! I’m so glad to hear that and that my recipes can be useful to other moms!! ciao, b

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    iride olga laura de steffani
    July 31, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Ciao, ricette carinissime!!!
    ma i tuoi “ragazzi ” mi sembrano bambini…o nel frattempo sono cresciuti? Altrimenti quando lo saranno come li chiamerai?
    a presto
    Iride

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      Barbara Lamperti
      August 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Ciao! LOL, devo aggiornare questa pagina con le nuove foto fatte quest’estate!! I miei bimbi adesso hanno 5 e 7 anni, wow, il tempo vola!!!

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    Shobha Bellamkonda
    December 4, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Barbara, how ru?
    I have to say first of all, thank u so much!!!Ur website saved my life, when i started my son on solids 2 months ago he would eat nothing, he would spit everything out. He hates food from outside. I dont blame him, the stuff tastes old. I was doing research online for baby foods and i came across ur you tube video, i was like god saved me!!! Thank u! My baby used hate banana and avacodo now it’s fav. Ur recipes r great!! Im so happy they r vegetarian friendly because we are vegetarians!! Thank u. I made the baby pancakes for us and baby. It’s goong to be our new routine. Please continue to do this.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      January 7, 2019 at 11:01 pm

      awww, thank you so much for the sweet comment!! I’m so glad that my recipes can be useful to other moms. When I first started 7 years ago with my baby I didn’t know a lot about baby food 🙂 I loved to cook (and I still do!!), but I didn’t know what to change while cooking for a baby 🙂
      BuonaPappa was born to share my journey in the baby food world and healthy cooking. My kids are now 5 and 8, but I still love learning about baby nutrition and cooking for little ones and luckily I still have many friends with babies to test my new baby recipes with!
      Ciao! b

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    Juliette
    December 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Ciao Barbara
    Sento molto felice per conoscuti (anche tua belissima mama) alla festa per il cumpleano di Gemma! How beautiful the small joys in life!
    Una grande baci e Buon Natale a tutti!

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      Barbara Lamperti
      December 30, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      Hi Juliette! E’ stato un vero piacere conoscerti alla festa della piccola Gemma 🙂
      Spero di rivederti presto, nel frattempo tanti tanti auguri di Buon Anno!!! ciao, b

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    Dulmini
    January 22, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Hi Barbara, .
    Your you tube channel is so amazing about baby food. You and husband have done great job. well made both food and video. I have 9 month old baby. He is not doing well with solids. He is so sensitive for foods with allergic to my favorite Banana and Avocado. Still he doesn’t want to take textured puree without smooth puree. I m so stressful with making food for him. Please give me advise.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      February 15, 2019 at 10:33 pm

      Hello my dear! Thank you for your sweet comment and I’m sorry to hear about your little one’s allergies. Allergies are not fun at all.
      I really wish he will outgrow them, it happens very frequently with little ones.
      Luckily both banana and avocado are not basic ingredients for baby food. Very nutritious indeed, but not essential.
      I would not worry a lot about the texture. Some babies move up to the more textured food later in the developmental process. My second one kept preferring purees to chunk food up until almost two!! And now he’s eating and chewing like a sheep 🙂
      Suggestions: first of all, don’t worry and keep trying more “textured” foods once in a while, few times a week to see if he likes them. You might also want to try separately: puree meals and on the side a finger food snack like steamed carrots or sweet peas or strawberry in small cubes or blueberries cut in pieces. Let him grab with his hands the finger food. Yes, he will make a mess, but he will exercise two things: hand coordination and chewing with his gums. Did you check my post about baby food textures? There are some tips on how to move from one stage to the other 🙂 The most important concept is that every baby is different and develops at a different pace. I hope I was helpful! Let me know if you have any question. ciao!! B

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    Shannon McCarthy
    March 12, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Hello Barbara,

    I am so happy to have found your page! My youngest son is 15 months and he’s not gaining weight. He’s allergic to wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts and barley. He also has a sensitive gag reflex and acid reflex. He’s had a lot of bad experience with vomiting so he’s a very picky eater and afraid to try new things sometimes. I’m very excited to try a lot of your recipes. All these great recipes are a life saver! Thank you very much!

    Shannon

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 29, 2019 at 10:42 pm

      Hi Shannon! Ouch, I’m sorry to hear that. Allergies and intolerances are not easy, I totally understand. I really hope your little one will outgrow them, it happens very often and I wish you he’s one of them. Let me know if you like a recipe and maybe you would like to know the substitution for an ingredient. Thank you so much for following BuonaPappa!! ciao, b

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    Anh
    April 10, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Barbara,
    I have been following your page since I started doing research on baby food. I love your recipes!!! I have followed your instructions to make a lot of different types of purees for my kid. However, I haven’t used cheese as an ingredient. I’d be grateful if you could tell me whether I could use Cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan cheese in all of your recipes in which Parmesan is recommended. Thank you very much. Please keep posting new recipes. I love cooking more because of your inspiring page.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 26, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Anh, thank you so much for your sweet comment!!
      Cheese. I use a lot of Parmesan in my recipes indeed, I really like it and, being aged, the lactose content is reduced to minimum, that making it easier to digest for little ones.If Parmesan is not available, any aged cheese can be a nice substitution (Asiago, Pecorino, Gouda, Manchego) exactly for the better digestibility reason.
      So, yes to Cheddar, but the aged one if you want to switch it with Parmesan. I hope I was helpful and thank you so much for following BuonaPappa!! ciao, b

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    Skarlette Mora
    July 24, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Ooooh I’m so excited I found your blog, new mom of a wonderful beautiful baby boy 8mths old I subscribe here and YT
    Off to surf your web
    Skarlette
    P.S hubby is Italian so you know he’s very close on what’s being serve

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 25, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      Aww, thank you Skarlette. Welcome to BuonaPappa!!! Homemade baby food is always the best!! And your hubby can help you cooking 🙂
      Ciao,b

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    Chiara
    September 23, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Ciao Barbara!
    Finalmente trovo ricette originali! E d’altra parte l’autrice non poteva che essere italiana 🙂
    A presto,
    Chiara

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 25, 2019 at 4:58 pm

      Ciao Chiara,
      che carina che sei!! Grazie mille e sono contentissima che ti piacciano le ricette 🙂 Fammi sapere se hai qualche domanda. Un caro saluto, B

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