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2.0 out of 5 stars Condescending and irritating, 9 Dec 2011
This review is from: 5-a-day For Kids Made Easy: Quick and easy recipes and tips to feed your child more fruit and vegetables and convert fussy eaters: Sneaky Ways to Feed Your Children Healthy Food (Paperback)
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This cover of this book is really cute and I was immediately interested in getting stuck in. The main aim of this book is to find simple and easy ways to get your children to eat more fruit and vegetables without the hassle of tantrums. This book was originally published in 2005 under the title The Art of Hiding Vegetables: Sneaky Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food.

After the acknowledgements there is a 'note to readers' which reads, in my opinion, like a disclaimer against being sued. Perhaps I'm being a little cynical but it really made me wonder what kind of stuff was coming up if the first page is practically a warning about what's inside!

The book itself is split into 2 parts. The first part is called Healthier Eating for Busy Families and contains the chapters: Why are fruit and vegetables so important?; Choices choices; Let them eat veg!; Habits and psychology and Saving time and effort. The second part of the book is called Putting it into Practice and contains the recipes as well as a menu planner. The recipes are the majority of the book.

I personally thought that the authors were really condescending and almost expected parents to be really stupid when it came to feeding their children. Their attitude overall annoyed me and I'm pretty sure that most of the advice they are administering is total rubbish.

The recipes themselves are varied and are well laid out. There's the list of ingredients, the time the recipe takes, how many it serves and bullet pointed instructions. There's also sometimes extra serving suggestions and a little introduction about who it's for. While much of the food sounds delicious I just can't help thinking that not many fussy kids would go for things such as spinach dumplings with tomato, red pepper and lemon sauce topped with parmesan cheese or rhubarb and elderflower syrup cake. There's also a lot of basic recipes included and ways to `hide' veggies in food that I'm sure most parents will have heard of if not tried.

Without the pseudo science bit this is really just a cookbook for children. There are no pictures in this one and I honestly think there are much better books for your money out there. 2 stars.
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