Monday, September 14th, 2009
Book Review: Deceptively Delicious
- Dirt tastes bad.
- Beets taste like dirt.
- Beet-blueberry pancakes taste great if you’re a 5-year-old who has never tasted dirt. Yumm!
Yes, that’s right, we bought Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld. My daughter now enjoys beet pancakes.
The flapjacks pictured above are classified as “Pink Pancakes” in the cookbook, but the book’s photo doesn’t look quite so pink. My wife is a bit generous with the beets.
Be forewarned. If your kids don’t like eating food the normal way, the deceptive way is a lot of work.
Step 1. Buy a food processor or a Magic Bullet blender.
Step 2. Purée vegetables. Lots of vegetables. Doing it every day kind of sucks, so portion the veggie goo out and freeze individual Ziploc bags.
Step 3. Deploy the recipes telling no one what’s in the food.
All of these steps are discussed in the book. Except, in our case our daughter helped Mom prepare the meals and Dad was the one eating blind.
We’ve also made:
- Chocolate pudding (avocado). My daughter loved it.
- Macaroni and cheese (squash/cauliflower or beans). The bean version was indistinguishable from regular Mac & Cheese.
- Rice Balls (rice, chicken, sweet potato and cheddar ground into a breaded ball). It actually tastes okay, a little reminiscent of a chicken nugget, but cheesy. Our daughter turned on us though, disliking it because she knows thinks she hates sweet potato.
In the cookbook you’ll find 12 breakfast recipes, 39 regular meals and 25 desserts. Each recipe is accompanied by a full-page color photo that every self-respecting cookbook offers. Seriously, why don’t more cookbooks show you what you’re making?
The one thing missing from Deceptive Delicious is nutrition information for food as made. For example, 1/4th cup of beets for pink pancakes goes into four pancake servings. Meanwhile, a generic vegetable serving for a child is 1.5 to 2.5 cups. Break down for us up front how much of a serving each recipe offers.
It would also be nice to have a calorie, fat, carbohydrate and fiber breakdown for each recipe for those who know how to utilize the information.
The sad aspect of this cookbook is that it places one more layer of lies on your child. Santa Claus. The Easter Bunny. Cauliflower in mashed potatoes.
When your kids grow up and head off to college, the extent of your deception will be thrown wide open once they eat at the cafeteria. It’s the sort of mind-blowing revelation that can only be soothed by a bigger disclosure. So be prepared to tell your kids they are adopted, even if they aren’t.