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This is an excellent book to inspire you to eat new, healthy, whole foods. The recipes are designed to be simple enough to involve your children in the preparation, so get your kids into the kitchen and they will be excited about the foods they are eating. My 3 year old loves preparing pomegranate with me now and we are looking forward to trying out some yummy new recipes.
I wish it had more pictures. The cover is a little deceiving. I thought it would have pictures and color inside. It is only black and white, the recipes are good, but I bought the book as a fun way to plan meals with my kids and get them excited about veggies. The book just isn't that exciting.
I bought 3 of these-one for my daughter, one for my daughter-in-law, and one for me. I just got back from visiting the grandchildren. While there, we got a huge bag of brussel sprouts (which I detest and they love). The 3 year old as well as the 6 and 7 year old patiently peeled off the leaves of the brussel sprouts. We made the Brussel Sprout chips with just 3 ingredients. They loved them and by the days end they had eaten all of them. I even liked them and that's a miracle since I never eat brussel sprouts. We will try other recipes each time I visit. I am even going to make some for my husband as many of the recipes look delicious.
So helpful. My daughter is 9 and has lived a generally unhealthy life up to this point. I've read a bit of this and the first thing we did was go to the store and look at all the fruits and veggies, and let her choose. She is allowed to choose one new fruit and one new veggie each week, and is excited to try new things. I also like that it isn't JUST a cookbook. Sure, it has recipes, but it also has sound advice and tips on how to get kids to try things, how to get the best things, the most flavors and seasonal options, etc. Lots of great information.
Let me first say that I’m the author’s husband, so of course I’m going to write a positive review – you can imagine the conversation at home tonight if I were to give the book only 4 stars!
But I’m also a dad who’s responsible for putting good food into my kids’ tummies several times a week. With busy schedules and an abundance of packaged options, it’s hard enough to get a healthy meal on the table, let alone instill in kids the good judgment they need to make healthy lifelong choices. That’s where this book comes to the rescue. Yes, I’ve read it cover-to-cover and YES, it works!
The 52 New Foods Challenge is the story of the journey we took as a family – to try a new food each week for a year. I was skeptical at first and not always the best sport along the way, but the simple of idea of making it a game helped transform the way our family eats. We now know where our food comes from, have fun cooking it together, and relish in the adventure of discovering new foods. Mealtimes are a lot more fun when you are not trying to force your kids to eat healthy food, but when they are making those choices themselves.
The 52 New Foods Challenge is not a cookbook, nor is it a health guide. Your kids will not magically stop eating Doritos or start demanding kale smoothies for breakfast. You can bite off the whole thing or just nibble at a few pieces. At its most modest, the book can give you some quick and surprisingly effective tips for how to engage your kids in healthy eating (our food-fussy daughter now craves roasted cauliflower and okra!). At its fullest, 52 New Foods can instill in your kids a solid foundation for making healthy lifelong choices.
The book has changed our kids’ relationship to food in a fun and positive way. I’m super proud of Jennifer for having written the book and I hope it will make a difference for your family too.
This is a better book than I thought it would be. I'm so excited to give to my daughter to use with her daughter! It's like a loving nutritionist/foodie wrote it so other parents and kids can also have a great relationship with each other AND with healthy foods too. I had my daughter take a nutrition class in college and it changed her life, her husband's life, and their daughter's life for the better! She will love this!
I overheard some moms in the allergists waiting room talking about this book, and bought it to recommend to other moms. Such a sensible, fun plan to expand kids' eating choices, especially the concept of gateway foods. Great recipes, too.
This is one of my favorite cook books! Not just because my picky 10 year old says "I love brussels sprouts" now, but because each recipe is delicious, easy, and healthy for the whole family. Its so easy to get into a rut with cooking and for the fun to be taken out of cooking. This book has inspired me to slow down, enjoy what I'm doing and to include the kids! They have tried new foods and enjoy looking at the book and going to the grocery store to find the craziest food to try. I love the stories in the book, as well as the recipes. The 52 New foods challenge is a great idea for both kids and adults alike! Seriously though, you have to try the brussels sprouts chips!!