What Chefs Feed Their Kids: Recipes and Techniques for Cultivating a Love of Good Food

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How do the people who know the most about food tackle the special challenges of cooking for children's palates? How do they get their children to join them at the dinner table when most kids would rather play under the tablecloth? Why do some kids love to eat broccoli, sushi, or pesto, while others insist on chicken nuggets every night? A lifelong foodie and a first-time mother, Fanae Aaron had lots of questions about how to teach her son to enjoy a variety of fresh, whole foods. So she sought out a diverse group...

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Overview

How do the people who know the most about food tackle the special challenges of cooking for children's palates? How do they get their children to join them at the dinner table when most kids would rather play under the tablecloth? Why do some kids love to eat broccoli, sushi, or pesto, while others insist on chicken nuggets every night? A lifelong foodie and a first-time mother, Fanae Aaron had lots of questions about how to teach her son to enjoy a variety of fresh, whole foods. So she sought out a diverse group of twenty award-winning chefs who are also parents. The book's first-class lineup includes: Eric Bromberg, Marc Murphy, Zack Gross, Ana Sortun, Piero Selvaggio, and Floyd Cardoz. These chefs stimulate their kids' curiosity about new foods by engaging them in the process without coercing them—and here they share their tips and stories, which provide an intimate glimpse into the chefs' family lives. Chefs' strategies include allowing kids to help prepare meals, taking them to farmers' markets, and giving them choices with healthy, family style meals. The book features seventy-five flavorful recipes—such as Kale and Scrambled Eggs, Baby Lamp Chops, and Nori Chips—from a variety of cuisines.

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"I wish I'd had a copy of What Chefs Feed Their Kids four years ago—back when I was beginning to realize that feeding a child is an ever-evolving art form. Fortunately for new parents, Fanae Aaron's book presents an astonishingly comprehensive set of solutions—from newborns to adolescents, from purees to table manners, everything you need is inside. The best news of all: The book is loaded with whip-smart, chef-sourced recipes parents will love, too. I might just make that curried chickpea salad for my daughter tonight. And if I do, you can bet I'll be making a little extra, so I can have some for lunch tomorrow."—Keith Dixon, author of Cooking for Gracie and The Art of Losing "What Chefs Feed Their Kids: Recipes and Techniques for Cultivating a Love of Good Food pairs fine food photography by Viktor Budnik with a solid discussion of chef meals for kids, offering a professional's insights on how to get kids to appreciate food. It comes from a first-time mother and lifelong foodie who sought advice from some twenty award-winning chefs on how they handled their own kids' palates. Chapters provide concrete keys to engaging kids and offer stories about chef family lives and kid-oriented choices. Recipes included make this a powerful survey recommended for culinary and parenting collections alike." - Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762788170
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 629,667
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fanae Aaron is an A-list art director who has worked on such films as Ed Wood and Being John Malkovich. She also designs commercials for major products. Viktor Budnik is a Los-Angeles–based commercial food photographer. Visit him at viktorbudnikfilmprint.com.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

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    Great gift idea for new parents...

    What a great book for parents to have as a resource. Picky eaters make dinner time difficult on the best days and here is a book that will help put your mind to rest. How do other families kids eat? How do I get my kids to just try new things? Why do we have to always eat ‘Kid food’? Well pick up this book and learn what has worked for those actually in the food industry.

    From birth to teens this book will give you ideas, recipes, experiences, answers to problems you may have with your child’s eating. How much is too much? How much is too little? I have been blessed with kids that eat pretty much anything. We started them out young eating what we ate…no baby food…gross would you even eat it? I loved the order of this book and how it started out with the youngest eaters and then progressed. Great personal experiences and I have even tried a few recipes and they are good and the kids ate them!

    This book would make a wonderful baby gift to new parents or a Christmas gift to a hard to buy for family. My only complaint is the size of the photos of the food. I like full-page photos in my recipe books, and even some of the prep-work. Otherwise this is a terrific book for all parents out there. Who wants picky eaters anyway? I sure don’t, it makes meal time a fight. I’d rather have a experience we all can enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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