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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 54.
- Review Date: 2007-10-01
- Reviewer: Staff
Seinfeld, mother of three and wife of comedian Jerry, devised an elegant plan: puree fruits and vegetables and incorporate them into kid friendly dishes like Mac & Cheese (cauliflower or beans); Chicken Nuggets (broccoli); Chocolate Cake (beets). The recipes blend nutrition into a meal and harmony into mealtime. Seinfeld writes that mealtime should be about “happiness and conversation” not about “power struggles and strife,” and her plan diminishes nagging. Although her program is easy, Seinfeld is honest about the need for shortcuts and offers some good ones. The nutritional breakdown of each vegetable/fruit featured in the recipes is valuable. While some parts smack of self-promotion (she encourages parents to share her recipes with other parents), Seinfeld does supplement her recipes with sound tips for learning to say no to junk when kids ask, encouraging conversation, getting children to participate in prep and cleaning, and developing age-appropriate eating habits. (Oct.)
Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld (wife of Jerry and mother of three) offers almost 100 ideas for creatively healthy meals. Doughnuts with pumpkin and sweet potato? We'll take a dozen. This book's vibe is campy-culinary-cool and super hip and starts with purees as the foundation for all the delicious recipes.