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Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food Hardcover-spiral – 1 Nov 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Spi edition (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006176793X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061767937
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 22.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Just when you’d abandoned all hope of ever convincing your kids to eat their carrots, here comes Jessica Seinfeld.” (Redbook Magazine)

“Seinfeld’s recipes were written with determined simplicity.” (Cookie magazine)

“An elegant plan…. The recipes blend nutrition into a meal and harmony into mealtime.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Jessica Seinfeld is the founder and president of Baby Buggy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clothing and equipment to New York's families in need. She is the wife of Jerry Seinfeld, with whom she has three children. This is her first book.


Jessica Seinfeld es la fundadora y presidenta de Baby Buggy, una organización sin fines de lucro que provee ropa y equipamiento a familias necesitadas de Nueva York. Es la esposa de Jerry Seinfeld, con quien tiene tres hijos. Este es su primer libro.


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Format: Hardcover-spiral
I liked the cute '50s style illustrations and the spiral binding is brilliant - every recipe book should have this! I was also pleasantly surprised by the absence of photographs of Ms Seinfeld and her photogenic family and instead the focus on the food.

I was somewhat disappointed in the recipes offered. There is no desire to stretch my kids in terms of what they will happily eat - the focus is purely on how to integrate more vegetables into their diet. Reading some of the quotes from other Mums within the book, my overriding impression was that my kids eat pretty well (not something that I would normally have said). I guess if you are a mum whose kids won't touch vegetables in any form and that is something that you are stressed about, this book is right for you.

What worked for us: Both Macaroni Cheese version 1 and the burgers were simple and liked by my kids.
What didn't: The Spag pie was horrible. My chicken nuggets were a failure - the coating just wouldn't stick. The quesadillas were eaten grudgingly and I won't be repeating them.

I should add that given the extra work that it took to prepare these recipes, I felt more put out when they didn't go down well than I usually would.

Overall the main thing I've taken from this book is the idea that you can sneak pureed vegetables into the foods that your kids eat. In terms of specific recipes that I will be referring to again and again, there wasn't a lot here for me. A better source of family recipes is Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and the Families Who Love Them - my kids loved their carrot recipe!
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Format: Hardcover-spiral
I saw this in the bookshop and loved the cover and layout so much I had to buy it. It was shrink wrapped and I was in a rush so didn't have time to see inside first. Which was a mistake. Apart from the recipes not tasting very nice and taking a long time to make, I feel there are a number of things wrong with this book. It aims to increase your child's vegetable intake by 'enhancing' ordinary recipes with vegetable purees. The author bemoans the fact that America has no culture of eating vegetables, unlike, say, the Mediterranean diet. Well I don't think hiding vegetable mush in beef burgers, macaroni or even brownies is going to contribute much to creating a vegetable-eating culture. If your children don't know they're eating them, they are never going to get over this "fussy eater" attitude of refusing to try vegetables. Plus, by the time the vegetables been boiled, pureed, frozen (so you have a stock of ready-to-use purees in the freezer) then defrosted and recooked as part of the dish you're making, how many nutrients will be left in them? And is putting a few tablespoons full of pumpkin puree in a cake that serves eight really going to make much of a difference?
I also thought the recipes themselves were very bland and uninspiring - certainly not dishes that you'd want to share with your children, and since they take a fair bit of preparation, making a separate meal for the adults too calls for an awful lot of cooking. Examples include chicken nuggets (dipped in veggie puree), macaroni cheese with pureed cauliflower, hiding mashed cauliflower in mashed potatoes, and mixing mushed up sweet potato with cheese in toasted sandwiches.
My own son was hideously fussy - for a year he resisted eating any fruit and veg, even fruit juice.
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This book is really deceptfull. Its laden with receipes full of sugar dairy and meat and pureed vegetables sneaked into them. Couldn't believe when i read a receipe for a sweet brownies (or similar) with added spinach to it. The book is sending a WRONG message: eat your sugar laden food, add some processed vegetables in minute quantieties so you won't taste them and you will create health!!! Do not be fooled, thats not what healthy eating is all about. Its not the way to give your children a great start in forming a good eating habits.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
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Getting some slower energy foods like sweet potato and avocado into my dd peacefully was really appreciated. Great book.

Some things we loved about this book: 1) there are big pictures for every recipe so my three year old could go through the book with me and pick out the things she wanted me to make 2) while not all the recipes are delicious there are great ideas for adding nutrients into kid friendly meals and treats 3) it doesn't have to be sneaky if you don't want it to be - my three year old cooks with me so she knows exactly what goes into the meal as she is helping to prepare it 4) pretty easy to make recipes which were popular with my daughter and added nutrient is more than no nutrient. Particularly interesting was the chocolate pudding with nutrient dense avocado in it. Don't love the consistency but we'll experiment with the recipe now that we have the idea.

Some things I didn't agree with - tends towards low fat dairy - I kept my whole milk which is richer in vitamins A, D & E. Includes sugar rather than honey which is my preference. Those things can be tweaked.
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It's a great little cook book, and all the recipies are easy to follow. I have been brought round to eating spinach AND beetroot, which for over 30 years I have managed to avoid with great success. Pink Pancakes (beetroot) have transformed even my eating habits!

It's got me in the kitchen cooking completely home made food, rather than taking the easy option of a lot of pre-packed food. I'm hooked on the recipies. Even though you look at the quantities and think "I really shouldn't put in so much", go with the book, and you'll be pleasantly surprised every time!
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