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My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Super Book - Foodie Parents, This One is For You

    All I can say is that I wish I had had this book when my kids were younger. We've come a long way as a family in improving our eating habits, but my pre-teens still lapse too often into the junk food world and are still more picky (whiny) about their food than they should be. I have a feeling that if I'd started them off in the way the author of this book suggests, we would have been spared the tears at the table and things would be even better now.

    This book is more than just step by step pointers on getting young kids to eat better, although those are there too. What I like is that it presents a whole "philosophy" on food choices and it truly inspired me to care more about what my kids eat. Sure, there are plenty of kids who eat at McDonald's all the time and are fine... but this book teaches you how to teach them (and convince them) of what they are missing out on by not being more adventurous in their eating.

    Really fun chapters on restaurant dining, too, and great comments/ pointers from top chefs who have also have kids. As the author says, it really is all about FLAVOR!

    Great gift for new parents, baby showers, for parents of young kids. (Give one to your kids' preschool director!)

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

    Want to Prevent Picky Eating in Your Kids? This is the book for you.

    There are many "picky eater" books out there -- some written by nutritionists, some by doctors, some are cookbooks -- but this is far and away the best I've seen. It's the only book on the topic that I've read that makes you THINK about what you are feeding your kids, & how you want them to grow up in their relationship with food.

    The author makes a point that it all starts early -- like when baby is still in the womb -- so by all means, consider this as a gift for pregnant women! (Great for baby showers/ newborn gifts.) There is a lot of scientific evidence discussed, but it's all presented in an easy-to-read, fascinating manner. Chapters go through newborn days, first foods, toddler foods and then pre-school eating. The theme is consistent throughout: Feed your kids what YOU are eating, as opposed to children's food products, if you want them to develop an understanding and appreciation of different flavors in foods. What will surprise you is the extensive evidence presented on hard it is to actually do that in today's society.

    One of the most enjoyable parts of the book is the 2 or 3 chapters on restaurant dining with kids, all peppered with funny/ encouraging/ informative quotes and information from top chefs around the country who also happen to parents of young kids themselves. If you're at all nervous about eating anywhere but IHOP or McDonalds with your kids, you'll find a lot of good tips here.

    The only criticism I really have about this book is the fact that it stops at pre-school age. Still, parents of older kids who have fallen into some bad Picky Eater habits can still learn a lot from this book. Overall, though, it's intended for parents of really young kids (0-5) who want to prevent Picky Eating im the first place or reverse any signs that it may be emerging. If that is you, or anyone you know, you can't get a better book on the subject.

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