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It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits?
As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest (and least healthy) choices available to them. Her modus operandi? Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they're stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don't even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month's worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear?out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that "must have" the latest sugar bomb cereal.
But this book also contains much more than recipes and tips. By solving problems on a practical level for parents, Seinfeld addresses the big picture issues that surround childhood obesity and its long?term (and ruinous) effects on the body. With the help of a prominent nutritionist, her book provides parents with an arsenal of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas. She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have (as opposed to adults) in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats.
Jessica Seinfeld's book is practical, easy?to?read, and a godsend for any parent that wants their kids to be healthy for a long time to come.
Bob Greene, author of The Best Life Diet:
"I found the techniques for adding vegetables to meals extremely creative and the recipes fantastic! Deceptively Delicious is a must have for your healthy kitchen."
Questions for Jessica Seinfeld
Amazon.com: My seven-year-old inspects the food on his plate like a hawk (if there was a hawk that only ate bagels and macaroni). Anything with the least bit of color goes untouched. What's a mom or dad to do?
Seinfeld: Two of my three children were exactly the same way. The vegetables, which I worked hard to prepare, not only went untouched, they were often insulted ("Eeewww...!"). And the harder I pushed them to eat good food, the harder they pushed back. We were literally ruining each other's meals.
That conflict was the inspiration for the book. I realized I wasn't going to win the power struggle, so I decided to join them on their turf. I started with the foods they would eat (chicken nuggets, tacos, macaroni and cheese) and I added a pureed vegetable of the same color. So if your child only eats macaroni and cheese (or noodles and butter), you should add cauliflower or yellow squash puree, which utterly disappears. Everyone wins: they get the nutrition they need and you get the satisfaction of doing a better job as a parent.
Amazon.com: That same picky second-grader will often try something new one time and declare he likes it, but the next time we serve it, he seems to have lost his spirit of adventure and won't eat it again. Any advice?
Seinfeld: First and foremost, remember that not every meal you prepare for a child will be a success. Kids at this age are naturally testing preferences, pushing boundaries, and changing their minds. That's part of their development and those are urges not worth battling. As I learned the hard way, the more pressure you apply, the more kids will "hate" certain foods. And, while it would be nice if kids had a "spirit of adventure" when it comes to food, I've found it's best to eliminate adventure and stick to the basics--foods they already love, laden with added nutrition they don't know is there. Finally, be consistent, firm and patient. I have a rule in my house: you don't have to eat what's on the plate, but what's on the plate is all that's being served. Eventually, they come around.
Amazon.com: Are your kids interested in cooking yet? Are there ways to introduce healthy eating habits with the child helping in the kitchen?
Seinfeld: My children are interested in baking because they love any excuse to be around sweets. But I make sure whatever we bake has pureed veggies in it and is actually low in refined sugar. So my children actually think baking cakes, brownies, and cookies with sweet potatoes, carrots, or beets is the proper way to cook.
Amazon.com: What are your kids' favorite recipes in the book?
Seinfeld: Every recipe in this book is a favorite. I've tried out countless creations on my kids, and if they didn't love them (which happened frequently!), they didn't make it into the book. But, if pressed, I will say they are crazy about the tacos, the chicken nuggets, the brownies, the pancakes, and my birthday cakes. [See her recipe for delicious brownies made with carrot and spinach.]
Amazon.com: I have to ask it, since I know many readers will: do these recipes require a squad of personal chefs to prepare, or can a busy mom or dad without seven years of Seinfeld residuals put them together by themselves?
Seinfeld: I'm a busy mom with three kids, a job, and a husband who travels constantly, but I'm uncompromising when it comes to my kids' health and nutrition. Leaving that to someone else is out of the question. My parents had three kids and both worked too, and we always managed to eat healthy meals as a family. That's the standard I've always wanted to meet. So when I started creating recipes from my pureed veggie experiments, I had three criteria: my kids had to love the food, the preparation had to be quick, and the process had to be simple. Believe me, if I can do these recipes quickly and easily, ANYONE can.
Amazon.com: How are the reading skills of Sascha, your oldest child and pickiest eater? Have you blown your cover by publishing your secrets?
Seinfeld: My daughter is almost seven and she not only can read, she's fully aware that her mother cooks with vegetables all the time. Two years ago, she was a picky four-year-old who thought she hated vegetables. But once she was converted and started seeing those purees going into the desserts she loves, she started to ignore the fact that they were going into the rest of her foods as well. Now it's the only kind of cooking she knows. So, to anyone with young children--start cooking Deceptively Delicious food when they are young! It's much easier than trying to change habits later on.
It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits?
As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest (and least healthy) choices available to them. Her modus operandi? Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they're stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don't even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month's worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear-out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that "must have" the latest sugar bomb cereal.
But this book also contains much more than recipes and tips. By solving problems on a practical level for parents, Seinfeld addresses the big picture issues that surround childhood obesity and its long-term (and ruinous) effects on the body. With the help of a prominent nutritionist, her book provides parents with an arsenal of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas. She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have (as opposed to adults) in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats.
- Good idea, but the recipes just don't work.
The idea is good, and the recipes sound good, but they just don't work out as stated. As a long-time cook, I have had to "save" every single recipe I've made. I still use this book for ideas, but have adapted the recipes to the point where they are no longer recognizable as the ones in the book. The only recipe I didn't have to adapt so far is the chocolate brownies with avocado. ...more info
- LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
I got this as a gift from my mother-in-law. My hubby is very picky whereas my kids will eat most anything once you get them focused, especially veggies, they love them. My thought is that you can always get more into your diet. We eat veggies with our meals as is, but this is a way to add a little more nutrition. I notice that most of the recipes where you use an egg-batter uses the veggies as a base instead of typical milk and egg and it actually makes the breading stick better...go figure! I know that vitamins and minerals have broken down more than if you eat them fresh and there a few negative bloggers out here ripping on that fact, but think of it like I do: Every little bit helps and it was a little more that is consumed had you cooked it all the traditional way. There has only been one recipe out of the whole thing that I couldn't get to work, but I may have done it wrong since it was my first shot at the whole cookbook. I will try it again. My kids love the cookies with chickpeas in them and they love all the chicken recipes so far. The best part...my hubby loves it all and had no clue that I was doing it. He caught wind of the whole thing from my mom, and you know what...now he thinks its great! I have found myself experimenting on my own with similar things. I have also looked at the "Sneaky Chef" I think this is more kid friendly fare, but it too has some great recipes. Bonus: I have lost 4 pounds, feel more full after meals, and am very excited that I can get my 30-year-old child to eat sweet potatoes. I know...you don't have to tell me...he is a terrible example for the kids. Trust me, this has been discussed at great length for years.
- tasty results, but only if you have hours for cooking
I hesistatingly purchased this book (TJ Maxx, $6) due to the scandal surrounding rumors of stealing the idea from a "regular" person. Outcome: I've prepared 8 of the recipes and the food does taste good. The only vegetable that does NOT work is spinach since there is no way to cover up the obvious green color. Even though there was no hint of spinach flavor, kids wouldn't eat the food. The prep time is WAY off, grossly underestimated, unless you have your own personal household staff that can prepare pre-measured portion dishes with all the ingredients ready, like you see on morning TV shows. We're a household with two working parents, long commutes and busy schedules. It's impractical to use many of these recipes more than once or twice a week due to the length of time it takes to make these dishes. Double or even triple the total amount of time it says is required. And the drawings and quotes of her kids on the pages are simply annoying - I don't care about Jerry or what her kids think of the food, and doubt anyone else in America does either. It's supposed to be cute, but it doesn't work. A celebrity's wife with her own staff of assistants should not market herself as a regular mom who does it all on her own. ...more info
- Definitely NOT delicious
I've made several recipes from this book and my conclusion is that the results are edible (sometimes) but definitely not delicious. I tried the Macaroni and Cheese (with the cauliflower) puree. My toddler would eat that. I made the Gingerbread Spice Cake (with broccoli and carrot puree). That one was really bad. No one in my household would eat it. It just tastes wrong. If you are trying make healthier food, I would use Allrecipe.com. Look up the recipe that you want to make, and read the reviews. There are always reviewers who has a healthier option, and the end products tastes much better than Jessica Seifeld's creations....more info
- Great cookbook!
I got this cookbook, not because of a picky child, but because of a somewhat picky husband. I am thrilled that I get to hide fruits and veggies in the foods that I make for our family. So, even if the veggies aren't eaten as the side dish, they are still eaten in the main dish. I highly recommend this cookbook not only for healthy reasons, but because the recipes are so very simple as well....more info
- Finally broke down and bought this book - happy I did!
So I am probably one of the last moms to finally get this book. I have been very skeptical and wasn't expecting this book to be good - but I have been struggling to get my kids to eat veggies so I broke down and bought the book. And I have to say that I love it! I have tried many of the recipes/ideas already and they are tasty and my kids are eating the veggies!!!! It's given me lots of good ideas for my own recipes. The book is also very entertaining. Now I don't believe for a minute that Jessica actually cooks and feeds her kids herself (I know I wouldn't if I were as rich) but oh well, I like the book. I like it more than Sneaky Chef.
PS We are vegetarian and there are some veg friendly recipes here and the ones that contain meat are easy to change to veg.! ...more info
- Cheryl in Cleveland, OH
This book is fantastic - I absolutely love it. Mrs. Seinfeld is pure genius!...more info
- An very experienced home cook, very disappointed
The idea behind this book is great, although not entirely original, but the recipes are NOT great. Let me just say that I have been cooking meals for my family since I was around 13 years old so I know how to prepare simple and complicated meals at home and I also bake. My feedback on the recipes:
Banana Bread- Collapsed in the middle, was gummy throughout and tasted like vegetable puree. No one in our house wanted to eat it.
Quesadillas- Never crisped up because the recipe calls for too much puree. They were total mush inside and I couldn't even serve them. We had sandwiches that night!
Chicken nuggets- You can TOTALLY see and taste the spinach puree. They look nothing like the picture. And as another reviewer commented, there isn't enough oil in the pan to cook the chicken properly and the first batch I made was really burned.
Sloppy joes- Another case of too much puree called for in the recipe. They were rather bland and very wet and mushy. The liquid never really absorbed just made it very pasty.
Last night making the sloppy joes was my last go at getting something to turn out from this book. It's been very frustrating scraping dishes full of food made from expensive, organic groceries into my garbage can. I am left wondering if Jessica ever really road tested these recipes, or wasn't able to translate what she was doing that was so "delicious" in her kitchen into workable recipes. Too bad, I really was hoping it would work out!
- It's o.k. but...
This book is o.k., but it's not something that most of us haven't done in one fashion or another for a long time. I don't think it was worth the purchase price, over-all, except for the hints that some baked items need to be eaten cold due to leftover verggie tastes. For myself, I would rather purchase frozen vergetables and puree them than to fill up my freezer with things that I've spent hours on that have no more nutritional value than the frozen veggies themselves. ...more info
- The brownies are for everyone
I've made the chocolate brownies from this book. The brownies use carrot and spinach puree. They are wonderfully moist and great tasting. I've made the brownies for children and for the poeple with whom my husband works.
Everyone raves about the brownies that are "good for them"...more info
- Great nuggets - but so far - nothing else worked
I have been extolling the virtues of the chicken nuggets in this book because my daughters will eat them without question. Sweet potato pancakes were a BUST! Rice balls turned into rice bowling balls and I ended up flattening them and making patties. I would recommend using common sense (like slipping spinach into spaghetti) rather than trying these recipes. Adding veggie purees to a lot of these recipes alters the consistencies of these dishes and really turn out to be not-so-appetizing....more info
- I really wanted to like this...
BUT...I must say that I am disappointed. I would recommend to someone to borrow the book from the library and save their hard earned dollars. With a small amount of common sense and a little effort, you can easily replicate the idea on your own.
Three stars because the instructions for the purees and the ideas are worthwhile. The spiral binding is convenient and the nutrition info is interesting. I like the section about stocking one's pantry and the tools.
So far, I've tried a variety of recipes with lackluster results.
Here is a sampling of the results I've had.
Scrambled eggs: my children thought the eggs were spoiled because they looked and smelled differently. One of my girls has not eaten a scrambled egg ever since - more than a year ago!
Coffee cake: What doesn't come across through the recipe or the photo is that there is a layer of butternut squash between one side of the coffee cake and the other. Like a butternut squash sandwich. My children wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. When it cooled and had time to sit around, it was good! I enjoyed it and had the whooooole thing to myself. Another attempt on the same recipe (round pan instead of square)resulted in a gummy coffee cake that ended up in the trash. It cooked for longer than the recipe states but it seemed to never get cooked. Not sure what I did wrong but it was a disappointment.
Tuna: Made on Sunday night for hubby's lunches. DH didn't complain (he wasn't told about the cauliflower) but it sure was odd that there was half a container of tuna left come the end of the week.
Banana Pudding Pie: they took a finger taste and refused to eat it. I thought they would have liked it. Their main complaint was that it looked too orangey and not like bananas. It was super, super sweet (it actually hurt my teeth) and ended up in the trash. Even I couldn't have eaten it and I love sweets. I thought putting two boxes of instant pudding in one recipe without milk seemed odd. It would have been better with one box and milk so I might try my own version of this recipe.
Chicken nuggets: a loser, the breading falls off. The kids wouldn't so much as try it.
Chocolate chip cookies: a sort of winner. Sort of...my children knew there was something foreign in them (chick peas) but they ate them anyway because of the chocolate chips.
Spaghetti and meatballs: a loser. The meatballs fall apart before they can even be eaten because there isn't anything to bind them together. So much for meatballs. Try spaghetti and meat sauce (which is what I did).
Be watching Ebay for my used copy of this book! :)...more info
Arrived in a very timely manner and was in great condition. Love the book!...more info
- great recipes--but need a food processor
I think that this recipe book has great ideas on how to help your kids get some extra vegetables if you have a little extra time and a food processor. Since I don't have a food processor and my blender doesn't blend the vegetables very well I must purchase one. Aside from that, it is a good recipe book for sneaking in some extra veggies for the kids....more info
- Nice cookbook
Arrived in good condition, and have read and looked at the recipes. But, have yet to make them. Will try to do some soon. Just haven't had the time....more info
- What's for dinner?
My whole family has enjoyed everything I have made from Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, which I bought one week ago. The flavors of common dishes are richer with just the right added vegetable puree. I don't fret the eating of sweets anymore, knowing they are getting nutrition even then. Last night as we were enjoying Jessica's tacos, my kids enthusiastically asked me, "What's for dinner TOMORROW night?!"...more info
- Works for us
My 2yo does not eat much of anything. The recipes in this book allow me to make the best of the few foods she does eat. We are vegetarians, so we have not tried any of the meat dishes. The green eggs are delicious. When I made them with fresh puree, they were really really green. When I made them with frozen/ thawed puree, they looked more like Quiche. Either way, I loved them, and more importantly, so did my daughter. (Her favorite color just happens to be green!) This morning, I made the Apple Sauce muffins with carrot puree. I used whole wheat flour. I susbstituted soy milk for milk. They were so delicious. The recipe made much more than 12 muffins, so I put the rest of the mix in a freezer bag to make later. Definitely make the purees in advance as the book suggests. I have an 8 month old baby, so I already make purees each week for him anyway. Now I just make more and use them in the recipes. I put the purees in ice cube trays and freeze, then put the cubes in freezer bags & just pop out a few cubes when needed.
The cookbook is very colorful with lots of good pictures. I really like it....more info
- Great Gift for Parents
I just browsed through the pages before wrapping up this book to give as a Christmas gift to my sister-in-law. It looked interesting -- I might have to buy a copy for myself! My sister-in-law loved it. She has an 18-month-old who doesn't try any new foods (she mostly eats cheese and crackers) and my sister-in-law and her husband have been worried about getting her to eat healthy foods. When she opened this gift, she said, "What a great idea!"...more info
- Cook book - recipe to time consuming
I really don't care for this cookbook. Puree's have to be made for each recipe in order to make the foods. I love to cook and collect cookbooks, but this is one that I feel I could have done without....more info
- Total Hack-Job
This is basically one woman capitalizing off the fame of her husband.
I have had Missy Lapine's Sneaky Chef and I love it. All the recipes I have tried from it are delicious. I flipped through this book and the two are basically the same. Guess who's was first? Missy Lapine.
What was very annoying to me was that the Seinfelds had the nerve to trash Ms. Lapine on national TV.
They have no class and no originality. I will never buy anything put out by either of them again....more info
- Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
This was a Christmas gift for my daughter who has 2 picky eaters. She's used the recipes and the boys are eating and asking for seconds. If you find something that works that well.....what a miracle!!...more info
- Only the parents were deceived
Our 3 year old didn't eat one of the concoctions from this book. In fact, when he tasted his "grilled cheese sandwich" (deceptively made with sweet potatoes) it might have ruined his appetite for actual grilled cheese sandwiches. We attempted several secret cauliflower missions...each time, he noticed after one bite, and now he's leery of anything we put on the table. We thought this would work with our picky eater, but we were deceived....more info
- Eating veggies shouldn't be a fight
Love this book! My girls (6, 5 & 3) are not naturally drawn to eating veggies, but they love helping me bake these foods. I don't like that she tries to fake out her kids with the macaroni box on the counter. I have been very up front with my kids about putting yummy healthy food in and they are being VERY honest about what recipes work for our house. There are some recipes that taste too far off the yummy recipes that I already have, but my girls actually asked for the cakes in this cookbook for their birthday parties (1 with pumpkin and 1 with avocado)! I call that success. I have taken her recipes one step further and made most of the other ingredients organic but she's still on the right track with putting veggies on their plates and veggies in their tummies. The puree process is a little long but so worth it if you can do it all at once and freeze it for the week. The pictures were enticing. I just wish there were more recipes!...more info
- It's pretty good
I found this book to be a pretty good buy. I really like a lot of the dinner recipes. The chicken fingers are delicious, however I always need to use more oil for pan frying than the recipe says to use. It is completely impossible to fry 1/2 a pound or more of chicken strips with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. I do not like the zuchinni oatmeal cookie recipe as they have not turned out correctly on any of the 3 attempts I made. I think there is a slight miscalculation in the recipe. I am no stranger to the kitchen, but I am a stranger to baking with 0 trans fat tub margarine/imitation butter and pureed fruits and vegis. While a great idea, I think you may need to adjust the recipes a bit to make them work for you. Overall, a pretty nice cookbook though....more info
- Love this book!
I am really surprised with all of the negative reviews. I wanted this book and received it as a gift. I have two very picky eaters. My 10 year old will not eat vegetables, I have tried everything. My 22 month old used to eat everything until he decided one day he would no longer eat his veggies. This drives me crazy, I love vegetables, they see me eating them every day, I have tried to teach through example. I do not feel like I am being dishonest with my children cooking this way, the veggies are just another ingredient. My ten year old knows what is in it, he picks the recipe and often helps me make it. I offer fresh vegetables as a side dish also. Yes there is prep work, it does seem like alot at first but it becomes easier. If the purees are prepared in advanced you just defrost and they are ready to go. Every recipe I've made so far has been a hit for the kids and adults. I think they all taste great. I have tried many of them, I use this book almost everyday. The recipes are simple and fast. And the banana bread is delicious! If you have picky eaters I definately recommend this book. ...more info
- Jessica Seinfeld is Deceptively Delicious
When my son was a toddler, he ate everything, even wood! I was constantly alert for anything other than food entering his mouth. As I prepared meals in the kitchen, he would sit in his highchair and taste-test my culinary creations. Time passed and David entered school. Peer pressure regarding dietary habits hit back at my efforts to feed my family healthy meals, and I was forced to resort to creative cooking--hiding the vegetables, fruits, and whole grains in common everyday dishes.
Recently, I reviewed Deceptively Delicious, by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The author has been plagued with the same complaints all mothers have--"One won't eat! The other is picky! They say it's disgusting!" Dinner hour, an unpleasant way to wrap up the day, is one of the largest obstacles mothers face. Rather than resorting to takeout Chinese or chicken nuggets from the freezer, Jessica has become an expert at hiding vegetables and fruits in family favorites, making dining with the children a happier healthier experience.
Using the basic steamer or pot with a steamer basket and a food processor or blender, the author roasts or steams each vegetable, pur¨¦es them separately, then stores the vegetable blends in freezer bags. Fruits do not need to be cooked, just blended. As she needs them, Jessica thaws and adds the pur¨¦e to each recipe.
A wonderful example are her Pita Pizzas--we've all made these, but Jessica's are slightly different. Under the tomato sauce lies a surreptitious nutritious addition--spinach (pur¨¦ed of course). It is hidden with the help of mozzarella.
Jessica Seinfeld's recipes are ready in about 30 minutes or less. However, one would need to set some time aside to steam and blend the vegetables in advance, storing them in the freezer for future use. Organization she says, is the key. The recipes are all nutritionally checked by Joy Bauer.
Moms of America, if you want to feed your children healthier meals which they'll readily devour, I suggest you take a look at Deceptively Delicious. It's a winner! No wonder it's a bestseller.
A BestSeller Review
5 Stars...more info
- Nice presentation but content isn't that great
I was excited at first, getting my kids to eat veggies! Wow!
But I found out that every single thing there is made un-healthy due to either frying or being mixed with tons of other fats (like chocolate!) what's the point in sneaking veggies to the kids if all the rest is not so god. I am not sure how all the vitamins and minerals from vegetables and other ingredients survive the heat of frying pan/oven.
I gave up on this book, plus my 5 year old wouldn't eat anything anyway.
I do not recommend it. I think kids need to learn eat their vegetables through honesty and consistency. It comes with age. Plus don't provide the un-healthy alternatives/empty calories. ...more info
- Finally healthy food that tastes great
I have tried various recipes for healthy meals, but they usually taste "healthy". This really is the first cookbook where everything I've tried thus far is delicious - true to its name. The purees take some time to prepare, but can also be used for baby food if you have pre-toddlers. I had my doubts when making the blueberry oatmeal bars with spinach as I absolutely hate the smell and taste of cooked spinach...but they turned out great and neither my family or our guests could taste the spinach. Highly recommend this one. ...more info
- Helpful Tool!!
This cookbook is an awesome tool to use to learn what fruits and vegetables you can "hide" in certain dishes. I haven't necessarily used the recipes but mainly used the book as a guide to see what I can hide in my own dishes undetected!! You can use box macaroni and cheese and still achieve the same result. The main goal for me is for my children to get the nutrition from the vegetables and fruits that they would not normally eat. I also love the information in the front of the book on pureeing and storing the vegetables and fruits and the helpful tips it gives. I give this book 2 thumbs up!!...more info
- Who eats this stuff?
Great idea! Awful recipes! I think I have wasted enough time, money and energy on this book. I have tried several of the recipes only to be frustrated and disgusted at dinner time. My son refuses to eat anything made from this book, defeating the purpose!
I was extremely disappointed with this book, and wondering how others can rate it so high....more info
- online airsoft retailer RIP OFF!
I made a purchase with this store thinking I was getting a good deal, unfortunately, I was wrong. I ordered an JG m-4 and one extra clip for $[...] recently. The gun looked like it had been used and was missing a rail screw. The clip was definitely used and does not work properly ( triple feeds ) They sent an H&K when it should have been a Dboy. Customer service made us take pictures. No problem. Said they would sent out new ones. THEY GAVE US A BOGUS TRACKING NUMBER! We Called and called. they hung up on us twice! Barely can speak english. VERY DIFFICULT TO SPEAK WITH ON PURPOSE! They must just be laughing at us Americans all the time! Never again! My young son is heart broken over all this. He used all his Christmas money on these scam artists!! ...more info
- Please do not buy this book
The food she is telling you is delicious is absolutely nasty. After spending 5 hours steaming and pureeing, my kids and I disliked every recipe I tried. I stopped at 3, but couldn't see trying any more. Yuck....more info
- I liked the book
I bought 2 of these cook books. One for myself and the other was a gift. The person who got it as a gift loved it along with myself. The peanut butter and jelly muffins were so soft and yummy. Some of the other comments said they only tried 1 recipe and will not make any more. You have to try more than one. So every other cookbook you have purchased you have tried and liked everything? There will always be something that someone does not like. ...more info
- Will try the recipies in the future.
Great book. Seems to be really easy to adopt the recipies. I did not try any yet as my baby is only 2,5 months old. ...more info
- Too much work for very little nutrition
As a dietitian, I was very excited to check this book. I tried the banana bread with cauliflower. Not only it tasted bad, it also smelled bad, and my kids, who love banana bread, would not touch it! The added nutrition is ,neglegable while the effort put into making it is way too much! I asked for a nutritent break down, but never heard back. i would not buy this book if I were you!...more info
- Great book!
This cookbook was very helpful. My kids do like their veggies, but this way, they can have just a little more~...more info
- Sneaky Chef is better
I was disappointed in this one. First of all, the recipes themselves don't taste good. Also, she uses so little of the puree in most that it's hardly worth bothering. The Sneaky Chef's books are so much better... the recipes are truly yummy and she uses a greater quantity of veggie puree in them....more info
- Has some value but needs a lot of tweeking to be healthy
First of all, my kids eat vegies and I think whole vegies need to appear on every plate no matter if your kids like them or not. It takes time for some kids, but they learn to like them if you do. I agree with other reviews about the sugar content. Way too much. I cut it down in the recipes. I also use all whole wheat flour instead os a mixture of both. If your kids are not use to it, start with 1/2 and 1/2 and then gradually eliminate the white flour. All that said, I like the concept behind many of the recipes. The banana bread is a big hit in our house. I figure why not add additional vegies to some of the non-vegie items that my kids enjoy. True, the vegies have lost some of their nutrients. But I would still rather have a % of vegies in their muffin or other food item than none at all....more info
- great book, great service to get it
It takes time to prepare but once veggies are pureed recipes are a snap and deliciously deceptive!...more info
- Recipes did not appeal to my family
Some of the ideas are helpful however the actual recipes lack in taste and texture. I feel as though many of the recipes were not tested before entering them into the book. The peanut butter and jelly muffins came out like rocks with a soggy inside from the jelly. I tried the recipe again to make sure I was doing it correctly and I ended up throwing them away having the same result. I gave the book two stars because even though my children are good eaters, I knew I could always improve on some of my recipes. I now add flax meal to pancakes and make fruit smoothies with spinach. I did learn that raw spinach has little to no affect on the taste of most foods so I have added it to many recipes. Even my husband who knows about the spinach cannot taste it. Great idea, not so great Cookbook....more info
- exactly what I expected
Simple recipes, once you get past the work of puree. Very nicely indexed and organized....more info
- Good Encouragement
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who has really enjoyed it. Even aside from the recipes, this book has some good reminders for me about kids and what, when, and how they need to eat.
An example is that often we're out and I forget that my kids really do need to eat on a schedule. I'll stretch them so we can eat when we get home, but what I really need to do is take snacks and sippy cups with us. And I need to be better about doing that.
So, the recipes in this book sound and look great (my friend recommends the donuts and the cupcakes, which I've tasted and were good), but the other dietary information is also encouraging.
And as for the celebrity inference since she's Jerry Seinfeld's wife, I try to forget about it because it bugs me. The value of the cookbook is not because she's someone in particular's wife--rather, the real value of her authorship is that she's a mom of three kids and a husband who all have different likes and dislikes....more info
- Thank heaven for these ideas!
At age 2 my child suddenly became a vegetarian and refused all veggies and most fruits. When I saw that the stage wasn't an overnight fad, I had to resort to sneaking in the veggies. This book has given us some wonderful recipes that my daughter absolutely loves. Since she's a big carb craver, I favor the "bread like" recipes the most. She has no idea she's getting zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, butternut squash, spinach or beets. So far, broccoli is the only thing she's caught me on - and I can't blame her... it's pretty strong no matter what you try to do with it.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for parents with little eaters who have decided to somewhat reject the obvious good foods. You've got to get those foods in them, even if the amounts are minimal, until they grow out of the phase. I also crush a chewable "super green" tablet that is fruit flavored and mix it into her juice -- it claims to offer a full serving of veggies and spirulina. Recipes and a supplement may be extra work for a parent, but these little efforts donate generously to your child's overall health....more info
- Not difficult, but a lot of steps
I've been trying these recipes for over a year since I got the cookbook. I appreciate the pictures that go along with the recipes. Sometimes, mine don't come out exactly like the pictures, but overall I've had success with this book. The chicken nuggets are good, my two year old will eat them with honey to dip or sweet and sour sauce. The rice balls were mushy and difficult to work but still tasted good. I made them with and without chicken and I only tasted the ones without, as I'm a vegetarian. My son ate the ones with chicken. The cookies with chick peas were gross, didn't like them at all. ...more info
- Kids Cookbook Bible
This book is fabulous. I saw it on Oprah and as I live in Australia we don't have anything like this here.
The book is set out beautifully and easy to follow instructions that anyone ( even me ) could follow.
I can recommend this book more highly, whether you have fussy eaters or not. My daughter had such fun going through the book and placing post it notes on all the receipies that she wanted to try.
Prep time for stuff is an hour of your time once you have all the staple ingredients and Jessica has listed them all there for you, it couldn't be easier!!
Do yourself a favour and get this book!! You won't regret it!
- plain, boring, nothing new to learn
The entire book is just full of everyday recipes that add a puree of either carrot, squash, or cauliflower....not worth paying for. I wish I could go back in time and save the $ I spent on this book. ...more info
- Not Delicious at All!
I was excited to get this book with a picky eater on my hands. What a let down. How do you feed your kid something you won't even eat? There's nothing in this book that is delicious. The deception is the book itself! ...more info
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