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Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man (in the Kitchen!): Hiding Healthy Foods in Hearty Meals Any Guy Will Love

Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man (in the Kitchen!): Hiding Healthy Foods in Hearty Meals Any Guy Will Love

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by Missy Chase Lapine, Lori Mosca (Introduction)

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The Sneaky Chef now targets the other picky eater in the family! For parents of finicky eaters, The Sneaky Chef was the answer to their prayers, giving them solutions for hiding healthy food in the meals kids crave. Within a month of publication, it was a New York Times bestseller. But author Missy Chase Lapine knew another secret: the kids aren&


The Sneaky Chef now targets the other picky eater in the family! For parents of finicky eaters, The Sneaky Chef was the answer to their prayers, giving them solutions for hiding healthy food in the meals kids crave. Within a month of publication, it was a New York Times bestseller. But author Missy Chase Lapine knew another secret: the kids aren’t the only ones in the family not eating their veggies! Hundreds of women wrote to tell her how the men in their lives were consistently making poor choices when it came to their diet. Men know they should eat better, but the classic male perception is that fruits and veggies are “rabbit food” and don’t seem to satisfy their appetite. Now “The Sneaky Chef” has donned her apron again and developed delicious recipes that are sure to appeal to guys. Recipes include “Macho Meatballs,” “Love Me Tenderloin,” and “Champion Chili.” These hearty meals successfully cloak ingredients that specifically target men’s health issues: foods proven to help the heart, lower cholesterol, ensure a healthy prostate, and other concerns. Now everyone in the family (kids and adults alike) can benefit from The Sneaky Chef’s bag of tricks.

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Library Journal

Lapine's first book, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals, became a best seller (and stayed in the news, in part, because of controversy-manufactured or not-surrounding similarities in the recipes in Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious). Her basic trick for sneaking nutrition into children's food is to incorporate a vegetable or fruit puree into a dish so that it goes unnoticed; some mothers of picky eaters loved her first book, while others disliked an approach they viewed as based on deceit. Now she employs the same basic tactics to get grown men to eat their vegetables (and other healthy foods). The recipes, with cutesy titles like Not-for-Chicks Chicken Salad and Stuffed Manli-Cotti, feature icons indicating if they are low in carbs and/or sugar, high in omega-3s, and other health benefits; however, nutritional analyses are not included. Buy for demand.

—Judith Sutton

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Meet the Author

Missy Chase Lapine is the creator of the Sneaky Chef series of books, including New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. The Sneaky Chef and Sneaky Fitness books have inspired not only families around the country, but have established a whole new healthy eating and lifestyle brand category.
Missy is a member of Parenting Magazine’s team of experts, the “Mom Squad,” a panel of high-profile experts. She has been a cooking instructor at New York’s finest culinary schools, and serves on the New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Advisory Council and the Health Sciences Advisory Council of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia. Missy has an ongoing commitment to the Food Bank for Westchester and is also a Curator for the members-only shopping site, OpenSky.com. Missy actively engages the public through her state-of-the-art consumer friendly website, www.TheSneakyChef.com.
Missy is the former publisher of Eating Well magazine and is the founder of BabySpa, a natural baby product line. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

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Sneaky Chef 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure where the common sense in this book is. It probably disappeared with all the nutrients and vitamins! If you take spinach, for example, and boil it, puree it, and then heat it again in a 350 degree oven (as it calls for in the brownie recipe) it's no longer the nutrient packed power vegetable you had when you began. The brownie recipe is delicous, but when you look at it from a nutritous standpoint, it still has 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 8 oz chocolate, not exactly what I want my three year old eating. Processing foods in the way this book recommends sucks most of the vitamins and minerals right out, while giving the parents a false sense that their children are eating better. It also creates a lot more work, and what parent needs that? I'd rather continue to set a good example at the dinner table by serving nutrious and delicous foods, and save her from all the extra calories. Kids will come around eventually without making the dinner table a battle ground. By the way, my child would not touch salad, but after serving it several times, seeing my husband and I enjoying it, she now eats it no problem!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have two children, 4 and 5 yrs old. They are both extremely picky eaters who would be happy eating nothing more than peanut butter sandwiches and chicken nuggets every day. I borrowed this book along with Deceptively Delicious from my local library. I found the recipes in this book to be both more appealing and easier to make and was pleasantly surprised that my children loved the food. I will be returning both books to the library and going straight to buy this one! Also, as far as the reviewer who commented on boiling out the nutrients, you can just as easily steam the vegetables before pureeing.
knittinmama82 More than 1 year ago
Missy Chase Lapine has really hit the mark on The Sneaky Chef. I bought this book after taking Jessica Seinfeld's 'Deceptively Delicious' out of the library. I found it much easier to use than DD because Lapine has basic purees to make ahead of time and to keep on hand. The recpies are also AMAZING. You cannot tell that any of them have healthy ingredients hidden in them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my husband is not fussy so this book was not as helpful to me as it might be for others. we saw missy in real life and her ideas and concepts to make food healthier are wonderful. you truly can disguise some added nutrition into foods as she suggests without much difficulty. would highly recommend this idea for kids (see her other books)
Car0lyn More than 1 year ago
I got the book because I have 2 girls under the age of 2, and while the younger one hasn't moved to solids yet, the older one has, and is very particular about everything in her life right now, including her foods. I like to try different methods to get her to eat veggies, but most the time she finds them and spits them out. So, I liked the idea of mixing it in so that she has to eat the dish, veggies included, or not eat at all. So, as far as that part of the book is concerned I really like it. Easy to follow as long as you do a little prep work and freeze the purees. I also really appreciate that she tells you why she chose certain purees for certain dishes. She gives you the health benefits of the purees as well as tips on making and mixing your own. As far as the sneaky part, I totally disagree (hence the 4 stars). I tell my little girl that I added veggies and say, "Doesn't that taste so good?" I figure if I can get her to understand from the start that she really does like the taste of things with veggies mixed in, then maybe in the future she will be more willing to try them on their own.
MacLean More than 1 year ago
I've heard some strong opinions about this book being about deceiving own children and that no matter what good intention a mother has, she should never deceive her own children. Although this could be a good ground for a longer discussion about ethics, here are some points that, in my opinion, make `Sneaky Chef' a good buy:

1. Children only eat what they find attractive to their eyes and their taste buds. Any reasoning about food nutritional value is blocked and absolutely ignored. So if you have a case of a child absolutely abhorring vegetables then the only way to make vegetables a part of daily meals, is to sneak them in to the dish under some disguise.
2. Any reasoning about nutrition is simply not possible in case of small children. It's better to feed them now with the help of Sneaky Chef and teach them later to eat more variety of foods.
3. Many of the recipes provided by the author are also very useful in case of stubborn adults who, like big children, are only guided by the physical appeal of meals rather then by their nutritional content.
4. In the first part of the book the author provided a lot of valuable information about selecting the proper ingredients for making meals, about organic foods, as well as about food contamination, etc.
5. The variety of healthy food recipes in this book is tremendous!
6. Last, but not least, the meals are tasty and appealing to the eye.

`Sneaky Chef' is a great book for anyone who makes his or her meals at home, not only for mothers concerned about properly feeding their children. I also suggest reading about proper food combination in "Can We Live 150 Years -- Your Body Maintenance Manual". I highly recommend this book for all people concerned about healthy life style and longevity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I was very excited but also a tad skeptical. Since purchasing I've made numerous recipes from this book and my toddler has eaten all of them without suspecting. (my husband also enjoys them). One of the controversies of the book is the small amount of purée they may be getting per serving however the recipes not only include the nutritious puree but they include lots of other healthy ingredients plus cuts down signifigantly on the fat and sugar! I've been making the snacks, lunches and dinners. I see a positive behavioral change in my son that I didn't even expect. I can attain it to the book and cookies with a third less sugar than store bought and whole grain ingredients. Worth the purchase!!! (purée and freeze as she suggests!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own this book and "Deceptively Delicious," and I have found "Sneaky Chef" more useful. Not only it has good recipes, but also alternatives for "boosting up" the nutritional content of not-so-great foods, such as boxed mac n' cheese (one of my girls simply loves this stuff!) Although my children eat some fruits and veggies, I still try these recipes. I love revealing the "mystery ingredient" after a satisfying meal. My children get excited about eating healthy -- even if they end up having a teaspoon of sweet potato in their portion! :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in hopes (and prayers) that it would help me to get some sort of nutritional food into my kiddo who has been refusing just about everything here lately. It DID work, but it took me about 1.8 billion forevers to cook some of this stuff. It helped to buy the baby food purees and mix them by cutting down prep time a bit, but still took a while. I suggest this book, but I also suggest The Speedy Sneaky Chef if you dont have all day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the psychology behind her methods. I've tried everything to try to get my two year old to eat more veggies. She was even starting to turn her nose up to mashed potatoes. So I started with the mashed potato recipe and she was eating it out of the pot before I could serve her a plate. And even though she mostly ate the potatoes for dinner, I didn't worry because it secretly had zucchini and cauliflower, two things she would never try because they're "yucky!" Anyway, it's easy to follow and has ended the begging and pleading to "please eat your vegetables." Less stress for sure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a lifesaver! The recipes were easy to follow and were a huge hit with our toddler!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for people who are not necessarily gourmet cooks and are busy but want to cook healthy meals for their families. We received it as a gift with the birth of our first baby and during my maternity leave I have tried many of the recipes. Although our little daughter is not old enough to try anything out yet, my willing husband was and so far everything is a hit!!! It changes the way you think about cooking and you find yourself experimenting with the additions in other dishes, not just the ones in the book. All of the recipes are quick and easy too. I am buying a copy to send to my aunt who has picky eaters and I think this will be my new baby shower gift dujour!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like that she has good ideas for enhancing basic recipes like mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches and spaghetti sauce because if the book required me to spend a lot of time in the kitchen following recipes and making new entrees, I wouldn't use it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
very sneaky
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angelounge More than 1 year ago
This book is a great find for picky men! At first I wanted to keep my guy in the know about the foods that I was "sneaking" him, but he told me that he'd rather not know. The food tasted really good and thats all he needed. And I feel great knowing that he's getting proper nourishment. Some of these recipes do need tweaking, but most cookbooks are like that for me. This is definitely going to be a staple in my kitchen! I'm actually going to buy her other book (the one aimed toward children) for more recipes. Even I still enjoy a good Mac'n'Cheese!
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