Every year childhood obesity rates continue to rise. In this book, the author and mother of three, “wages war” against sugars, packaged foods and other unhealthy foods, offering alternatives for parents who find themselves in the position of constantly choosing the fastest, easiest and least healthy options. The author also offers healthier versions of traditional recipes that kids love, soliciting help from a nutritionist and professional chef to develop a month’s worth of meals. The book also contains information on “big picture” issues surrounding childhood obesity and the long-term effects this has on the body.
Author: Jessica Seinfield; Pub. Date: October 2008; Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Format: Hardcover, 208pp; Estimated price: $34.95; ISBN-13: 9780061767937/ISBN: 006176793X; also available in hardcover with illustrations and Kindle edition formats
ACE Expert Review
Deceptively Delicious is a cookbook and guidebook for parents struggling with getting their kids to eat healthy. “This book is no more than one mom’s coping skills,” but it could be a lifesaver if you are the parent of a stubborn child who steadfastly refused to eat any vegetables and makes mealtime a chore.
Jessica Seinfeld—wife of Jerry—writes in her introduction that mealtimes at their home were joyless affairs that eventually devolved into mom and dad repeatedly saying “Eat your vegetables” while the kids cried, whined and refused to finish their dinners.
The recipes presented in Deceptively Delicious feature fruit and vegetable purees that you can sneak into family dinners, essentially giving kids what they want and what they need at the same time. Every kid loves macaroni and cheese, and parents can be happy knowing that a puree of butternut squash is hidden in every plate. The key to success is matching the purees to the color, texture, and taste of the food—and the author has done all of this work for you and offers guidance for prepping, making and storing the purees in individual portions. In a perfect world, kids should be taught about the value of nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet, but this book offers a great real-world solution to an all-too-common problem.
What we like:
- The book includes a short chapter entitled “What Every Parent Should Know About Nutrition” that was written by a registered dietitian. That same R.D. reviewed and approved the recipes that make up the bulk of this book.
- The author acknowledges that this style of cooking takes a bit more work and planning, but she simplifies things so that they take only an hour or two of prep time each week.
- The tips and lists for stocking your pantry are great, as are the additional mealtime tips, like serving dinner in phases, starting with what your kids resists and slowly building to what they love.
What we didn't like:
October 9, 2009
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