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Ciao! Welcome to Buona Pappa. 
My name is Barbara Lamperti, I’m Italian and I’m a mom of two wonderful kids. Luca is 3 and baby Alex is 10 months.
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!

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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.

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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.

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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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