One Bite Won't Kill You: More Than 200 Hundred Recipes to Tempt Even The Pickiest Kids on Earth: And theRest of the Family Too / Edition 1

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The toughest challenge many cooks face each day is feeding their own children. By her own admission, the writer and humorist Ann Hodgman's kids are the worst eaters in the world, and if she finds something one likes, the other inevitably hates it. Now, for all similarly beleaguered parents, Hodgman brings together more than two hundred recipes that everyone in the family can agree on, like Nonthreatening Cheese Fondue, Taco Bake, and Roast Pork Loin with Apple Crust, many of them gathered from fellow parents. ONE BITE WON'T KILL YOU also includes: menus for holiday meals, recipes for birthday parties, suggestions for in-flight and car-trip snacks, sections on feeding toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school kids, and adolescents. With hundreds of tips and anecdotes from other parents, ONE BITE WON'T KILL YOU makes the task of feeding kids not only a little easier, but also a whole lot more fun.
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"I like Hodgman's amiably resilient approach to feeding the young, and her prose is equally engaging. She really faces facts -- facts like Vegetables vs. Kids, Parents vs. Fast Food vs. Kids -- and she does it with good kid-oriented dishes that still have some grown-up flair. (Roz Chast's hilarious pictures are precisely right too.) Myself, I'd like to eat my way through the book, and I think any kids who don't go for at least three-quarters of Ann Hodgman's dishes should be sold as slaves." -- Peg Bracken, author of THE COMPLETE I HATE TO COOK BOOK

"I've always believed that useful information has no place in comedy, but Ann Hodgman has written a very funny book that would have made my childhood much nicer." -- Conan O'Brien

Tired of arguing over every last nibble? Comfortable with loading your cupboards with cream of mushroom soup and boxed muffin mix? This hilarious book could be the answer you've been looking for. Filled with tasty comfort food that's sure to delight folks of all ages, One Bite Won't Kill You reminds parents of the sure-fire tool for dealing with those advanced picky eaters: a sense of humor. Author Ann Hodgman, a former food editor from Spy magazine, is also the mother of two finicky eaters. Most of the recipes are fairly simple, and often rely on canned sauces and soups for key ingredients. Each recipe begins with a short tale of how the recipe came about, and the pages are filled with hilarious moments in the lives of picky eaters of all ages. The recipes have names like Taco Thing and Mud Puddle Cake and many are easy enough for older kids to tackle themselves. While this friendly, funny book is smart enough to make no promises about ending fussy eating permanently, it does a great job providing kid-tested edibles and adult-endorsed reminders that meals don't need to become battlegrounds. --Jill Lightner

"Ann Hodgman is that rarest of creatures: a humorist and a cookbook author whose recipes really work." Newsday

Children's Literature - Jacki Vawter
Illustrations by Roz ChastA cookbook that is amusing AND offers useful recipes is worth reading. The author's introduction sets the tone of pragmatic parenting in the kitchen with a dash of humor and a sprinkle of irreverence. The recipes include chatty remarks about the recipe or its origin. A recipe warning, "Never refrigerate the batter" is accompanied by an illustration of a stern cook's face. All the line drawings illustrating the book are clever. Anecdotes about the author's friends and children are scattered throughout the recipes. Advice is given under such headings as, "How to Make Pork Tenderloin 100 Percent Better" or "Making Jell-O More Grown-Up." Certain recipe names will intrigue the reader--Vaguely Mexican Soup, Spinach Frisbees, Zoocakes, and Blue Brains. This latter recipe calls for blueberries, cottage cheese and Berry Blue Jell-O. The entire cookbook is joyful reading if you are not a purist regarding food preparation. But don't look for details on fat, protein or calories per serving. Such information would detract from the book's purpose, which is to get picky eaters to eat. The author's concluding remarks titled "Why None of This Matters," offers a refreshing sense of balance and truth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395901465
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Hodgman is the author of over forty childrens’ books, several humor books—most recently the self-help/humor book I saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus--and four cookbooks: Beat This!, Beat That!, One Bite Won’t Kill You, and, in 2011, a second edition of Beat This! She has written articles for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, Food & Wine, Smithsonian, and just about all the women's and parenting magazines. She lives in Washington, Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Will be used!

    I haven't made any recipes from it yet but I have MANY bookmarks in it! Am looking forward to using it soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    Great, except for the language!

    I love the recipes and other suggestions, but this is the first child oriented cookbook I have ever encountered that used foul language in the introduction. Read it and you will see what I mean!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    At Last, the perfect cookbook!

    This is the funniest, clearest,most practical cookbook with recipes for a normal American family that I have come across.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    I love this book

    I love this book sooo much it's so cool and has the best recipies. They are right, the recipies are soooo tempting and even the pickiest person in the world eats things from this book, he is my brother im surprised he ate anything else but Ketchup the day i made it.

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    Posted December 27, 2008

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