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25 Foods Kids Hate (and How to Get Them Eating 24) [Hardcover]

Fiona Faulkner
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20 Aug 2011
With bookshops full of 'family-friendly' recipe books, what do you if your child won't even touch a tomato, let alone have one on their plate? Fussy eating is the bane of many parents' lives and is an age-old problem. Fiona Faulkner, also known as the 'Toddler Chef', reveals the tricks and recipes that have transformed her own children's eating habits and those of countless others at her popular workshops. Her techniques allow children to experiment with food at their own pace - and with a relaxed and fun attitude. The 25 foods chosen are those that many children (and consequently parents!) struggle with - from pulses to spinach to fish. Each 'food' has information on why you should be eating it, how to introduce it, recipes, tips and tricks as well two deliciously simple recipes. A 'gourmet for grown-ups' feature for each recipe also shows how you can adjust the recipe to appeal to more adult tastes. "25 Foods Kids Hate" offers a humorous and down-to-earth approach - with recipes and techniques that actually work.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd; 1st edition (20 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847737897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847737892
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Writer and children's food expert, Fiona Faulkner is a woman on a mission: to get kids truly excited about good food, banishing 'fussy eating' forever!
Neither a chef nor nutritionist, Fiona is simply a parent with a unique story to tell, having converted her own kids from 'fruit dodgers' and 'veggie avoiders' into fully-blown mini 'foodies'. While experiencing tantrums, tears and mealtime meltdowns, Fiona began to watch (and then study) how and why kids eat in the way that they do, and the effect we as parents have on their eating behaviours. She then went on to devise a set of recipes and techniques that totally transformed her families eating habits, inspiring her to jack in the day job and set up her business Toddler Chef - operating cookery classes and workshops for Under-5's.
For further information on Fiona and her inspiring work head to www.fionafaulkner.co.uk.
Here she also blogs with recipes, tips, and news.

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"If you're struggling with a fussy child who turns their nose up at anything vaguely healthy, you're not alone. 25 Foods Kids Hate... and How to Get Them Eating 24 (New Holland, £12.99) is a new cookbook designed to help parents in just that situation." --Vegetarian Living Magazine, October, 2011

Busy tots need a good dose of energy-filled food. Try these suppers on your little one tonight.
--Practical Parenting & Pregnancy, October, 2011

Got a picky-with-his-food toddler? Transform his eating habits with 10 tried-and-tested tips.
--Prima Baby, October, 2011

I have a two and a half year old who struggles to eat veg. Following the book's advice I took my daughter shopping with me to choose the vegetables and let her help me prepare the meal...All this has made the world of difference. She now tries every vegetable I give her - and does it happily. --Delicious magazine, reader's letter, Nov 2011

Writer, broadcaster, children's cookery expert - and mum of three - Fiona Faulkner has turned tea-time toddler training on its head... In her innovative kids' cookery book, Fiona tackles just that - how to tempt kids of all ages to try new foods as well as foods they often refuse.
--Every Child magazine, Oct 2011

About the Author

Children's cookery expert, writer, broadcaster and all-round 'foodie' Fiona Faulkner runs 'Toddler Chef' workshops, helping parents and children to overcome their fussy food habits. She works extensively with schools, pre-schools and nurseries and consults for both Waitrose and TUI Travel.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better for toddlers than older children 8 Oct 2011
The title of this book is rather over-optimistic, but I love the style, optimism, and general message which come through. This is more than a recipe book, the early sections offer advice, encouragement and different strategies, and these I feel are the best bit about the book.

The first section is filled with hints, tips and basic common sense which Fiona has structured as `The 25 Rules', many of which will be very familiar to Mums - grow your own, or pick your own, don't use food as a bribe or a punishment, set an example; some of which are reassuring - it's a natural phase, persevere; and some of which are new - become a marketing guru; use the distraction technique (getting kids to eat healthy foods whilst engaged in other activities), and change the scenery.

The core of the book is recipes for 25 frequently challenging foods to make with the children. The foods range from tomatoes, potatoes, through cauliflower to lentils and legumes. Fiona encourages full involvement of the children - helpfully indicating with an amusing `splat' icon how trashed your kitchen will look at the end of the session! She also encourages letting children take on responsible roles, including chopping. The emphasis throughout the book is for healthy recipes, with lots of hints and tips throughout.

For each food, Fiona suggests some innovative ways of presenting (or marketing) the food to children which can help break down barriers and potentially get the kids trying. There are then a couple of recipes for your to make with your children -with extra tips on how to transform the recipe into `Gourmet for Grown-Ups'. The recipes are clearly laid out with easy to follow instructions and lots of photos.

I found the recipe section the least useful for me particularly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual recipies 27 Sep 2011
This book is nicely written and photographed but the recipies are quite unusual. I got it on offer not sure I would pay full price for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun kids recipes and tips 3 Nov 2011
This is a great resource with useful,workable tips to get your kids eating some of the things they're not usually good at eating. The recipes are fun and really yummy. The book is also nice to look at, well layed out and with smashing pictures. Well done to the author for the idea. We've tried a number of the recipes and the kids are expanding their repertoir of food!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 26 Oct 2011
By D Mac
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This book is great! Forget Annabel Karmel (who I reckon just cribs recipes from other books and doesn't really suggest anything out of the ordinary), Fiona Faulkner is a cook with imagination. My daughter's only two so we haven't done any cooking together from it but the recipes have gone down a treat. I bought the book for such a great price on Amazon (£6.62) and would thoroughly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kids will love it 23 Sep 2011
How do you get kids to eat foods that are good for them? I remember when I was 10 and I refused to eat anything but pickled onions, pickled cabbage and a mars bar on Sunday afternoons. Fiona Faulkner knows all about finicky eaters. In this book she presents scrumptious ways to get kids to eat the foods they hate. I like the 25 rules and the nutritional tips. Getting the kids involved with cooking is a good start, but beware that in practice if they see the food they hate, no matter how you dress it up, you might have a revolt on your hands. I once cooked bean burgers for some nieces, they loved them. So I thought we would cook them together, when they saw the ingredients they refused to touch them. This colourful book includes all sorts of recipes, even ice creams. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, I mean book 13 Sep 2011
By Hari D
This is a lovely book which surprised me in many ways. I was not expecting such interesting recipes, which stretch from aubergine crispies to pink porridge. But what really lifts this book above many others is firstly, it tells you how to cook with your children, giving them specific and safe elements of preparation to do, and secondly shows you how to add something simple to the recipes so they become something more exotic for adult taste buds if you so wish.

In essence you get 3 books for the price of one: new, easy to prepare, recipes to get children eating healthily; an elementary food preparation and cookery course for your children (and, frankly, me as well); and a "how to guide", for both and parent and child, to make a special meal together for adult and child guests at your home. So buy it, it could be the start of a beautiful friendship your children have with food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and tasty 7 Aug 2011
By UDel
Got this book as soon as I read about it in the Sunday Times and have so far only tried one recipe so maybe it's too soon to celebrate any sort of triumph, but I have yet to recover from the shock of seeing my son, 4, eating three portions of "orange pasta", with the dreaded carrots and pine nuts and everything. My daughter, 6, wasn't too impressed with the finished dish but loved cooking it and has demanded we try out the remaining recipes during the holidays. Very good start and very impressed with the book - we cook a lot and this looks super easy, very tasty and most importantly FUN for the kids, with lots of handy little tips thrown in for those of us who aren't natural born kiddy-chefs. The author also tells you how to turn the recipes into more adult dishes so it's a great way of cooking two dishes (if you have fussy little guests over, for example) with half the effort. Love this woman, whoever she is!
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