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Double Delicious!: Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives Hardcover-spiral – November 1, 2010

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The follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Deceptively Delicious goes beyond purees and kids’ foods to make family mealtime more delicious, more wholesome, and simpler than ever.

In her bestselling book Deceptively Delicious, Jessica Seinfeld inspired millions of parents to improve their kids’ eating habits by giving everyday classics a nutritional boost with hidden vegetable purees. Now in Double Delicious!, she’s turned her attention to the whole family. Here are more of her easy, imaginative recipes that use the power of purees to make everything healthier, from a hearty Turkey Meatloaf to an irresistible Tiramisu. Again, she’s raised the bar nutritionally and eliminated unnecessary sugar and fat, boosted fiber and nutrients, and cut way back on sodium to bring us more healthful food with fantastic flavor. (She’s even developed a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie that nutritionist Joy Bauer loves!) now.

From Double Delicious!: Teriyaki Chicken

A family favorite served weekly at our house, with a side of rice and broccoli.

30 minutes

55 minutes

Serves 4


  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup carrot puree
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 2 green onions, cut in thirds
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced (no need to peel)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place all the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, then cook until the mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the garlic, onions, and ginger.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with the pepper and paprika. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side, until both sides are golden. Off the heat, carefully pour in the teriyaki sauce. Slide the skillet into the oven. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

From Double Delicious!: Apple Crumble

Every fall, we go to a great orchard in Long Island, New York, and pick tons of apples. I make this apple crumble with the ones we can’t finish.

30 minutes

1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 12

Ingredients for Filling

  • 4 large Golden Delicious or Gala apples (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Ingredients for Topping

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, pecans, or almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1-1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread, frozen


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Peel, core, and slice the apples into 1/4 inch slices. In a large mixing bowl, toss the apples, squash puree, brown sugar, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. Transfer to the dish and spread out in an even layer. Set aside.

2. Make the topping. In another large bowl, mix together the nuts, pastry flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Using your fingertips, gently work in the frozen margarine until pea-size lumps form. If the margarine begins to melt, place the bowl in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Top the apples evenly with the nut mixture and bake, uncovered, until the apples are bubbly and the topping is golden brown, about 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

About the Author

Jessica Seinfeld is the founder and president of Baby Buggy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clothing and equipment to New York's families in need. She is the wife of Jerry Seinfeld, with whom she has three children. This is her first book.

Jessica Seinfeld es la fundadora y presidenta de Baby Buggy, una organización sin fines de lucro que provee ropa y equipamiento a familias necesitadas de Nueva York. Es la esposa de Jerry Seinfeld, con quien tiene tres hijos. Este es su primer libro.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Spi edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061659339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061659331
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jessica Seinfeld is the president and founder of Baby Buggy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clothing and equipment to New York's families in need. To date, Baby Buggy has donated nearly two million essential items to New York families through domestic violence and homeless shelters, parent programs and court child centers. Working with more than 80 social service partners, Jessica has made Baby Buggy an integral part of the children's services network in New York City.
She is the wife of Jerry Seinfeld, with whom she has three children. This is her first book.
Jessica says, "I'm a busy mom with three kids, a job, and a husband who travels constantly, but I'm uncompromising when it comes to my kids' health and nutrition. Leaving that to someone else is out of the question. My parents had three kids and both worked too, and we always managed to eat healthy meals as a family. That's the standard I've always wanted to meet. So when I started creating recipes from my pureed veggie experiments, I had three criteria: my kids had to love the food, the preparation had to be quick, and the process had to be simple. Believe me, if I can do these recipes quickly and easily, ANYONE can."
Jessica on picky eaters: "First and foremost, remember that not every meal you prepare for a child will be a success. Kids at this age are naturally testing preferences, pushing boundaries, and changing their minds. That's part of their development and those are urges not worth battling. As I learned the hard way, the more pressure you apply, the more kids will "hate" certain foods. And, while it would be nice if kids had a "spirit of adventure" when it comes to food, I've found it's best to eliminate adventure and stick to the basics--foods they already love, laden with added nutrition they don't know is there. Finally, be consistent, firm and patient. I have a rule in my house: you don't have to eat what's on the plate, but what's on the plate is all that's being served. Eventually, they come around."

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123 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Natz301 on November 6, 2010
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I saw Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah and the recipes and tips she was giving seemed awesome. I thought this would be a good healthy cookbook that would have quick and easy recipes that also (supposedly) tasted good. The recipes are neither quick nor are they any good. And I hate saying this, I usually never give things a bad review but these recipes are just awful. My daughter and I made 5-6 recipes from main dishes to deserts and every one them was wasted ingredients because no one would eat them, not even me. And we are good cooks, we can follow a recipe at least, so this wasn't 'operator error'. The food tastes bad. The doughnut cookies literally made my son gag. Healthy recipes do not have to taste that gross. Sorry Jessica :(
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180 of 207 people found the following review helpful By J. patri on October 27, 2010
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I saw Jessica on Oprah and thought the book would be great. I bought it to discover the 3 recipies that she showed on Oprah are NOT in the book.
What happened to the Crock Pot Lasangna, the steak,asparagus dinner and the Whole Roasted Chicken? She never mentioned the use of Purees in the recipies. None of this seems fast with the use of the vegetable purees. I am not saying it is a bad cookbook, it was represented as something else.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Paigesmomma on November 8, 2010
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I honestly do not know how other people are giving this cookbook a low rating. It is fantastic! It's very unfortunate for Jessica that the rating is being lowered by a few people who are "disappointed" because it is missing the recipes they saw on Oprah. Go print it off of I don't really care if it's in the book or not...because I can get it there. Plus, it leaves space for other fantastic meals! I have a very hectic lifestyle, mostly because I am the mother of a very mobile 9 month old, and I was in need of some quick and simple recipes. THIS IS IT! The purees do not bother me one bit. Now, the purees weren't mentioned on the Oprah show, but seriously, do you people who are leaving the bad reviews not preview a cookbook before you purchase it? I stood in the aisle for about 5 minutes, skimming through the pages, before deciding to buy it. I saw that it called for a lot of veggie purees....but like I said earlier....I am the mother of a 9 month old. I am VERY familiar with pureeing food. Plus, you can puree a ton of it at once, put it in ziploc bags, freeze it, and thaw it out in hot water. Then you can cut a corner off of the ziploc bag and squeeze it out as you need it. You do not have to thaw it out days in advance like one reviewer stated. Just so you know! =) Also, it is very easy to steam veggies in the microwave and it is MUCH faster for people who do not have much time. Find you some Pyrex microwavable glass dishes. They come with a plastic lid and they have a little steam flap that can be opened. They are fantastic for quick steaming. I bought mine at Walmart and they were fairly cheap.

If you have a toddler or child who refuses to eat veggies, you MUST buy this cookbook.
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108 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Ann on November 7, 2010
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Like others have mentioned, I saw Jessica on Oprah and I really liked the meals she cooked. They seemed quick and easy. I purchased the book right after the show. I was very disappointed that the crock pot lasagna and chicken recipes were not included. I realize that the recipes are on, but that is not the point. If you are on a show to promote a cook book shouldn't you use the recipes that are actually in the book you are promoting? Also, she did not use purees on the show. Almost every one of the recipes in this book calls for a vegetable puree. While this is not a bad idea, I bought this book because I wanted easy and quick meals. I do not have time to purchase a weeks worth of veg.,peel them, boil them, puree them and freeze them into 1/2 cup increments only to get them out a few days before each meal to thaw them. While it would be healthy it just honestly isn't going to happen. Next time I will wait for reviews before purchasing another cookbook. Hope this helps others.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Ingraham on November 12, 2010
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I found Jessica's book via the Goop blog and ordered it because I have two kids that are both picky eaters. My twelve year old is the worst! Previously I had tried the Sneaky Chef books and ended up donating them because they were both disappointing.

Instead of trying something sweet I went for the gusto. I made the nachos and living in Texas with nacho lovers, I knew if this was a hit, it would be miracle but also the other recipes would work for us as well.

One word: Delicious.

My husband ended up adding more cheddar cheese but both of my kids ate them and did not say one word about them tasting differently or weird. I was actually so nervous serving them because I fully anticipated a negative reaction. The kids put the nacho mixture into a tortilla and loved them. We also had the chocolate pudding with soy milk and tofu (I added a tsp. of agave to sweeten it) for dessert and they raved about it (my husband especially loved it).

Pureeing was not a big deal at all. I bought some frozen vegetables from Whole Foods, threw them on a baking tray and roasted for an hour. Pureed them in the food processor, measured them in ziplocks and I was done. Easy and worth it!

As an aside, I put veggies on our dinner plate every day and they will pick at them (because they have to) but having a meal where veggies are mixed in and therefore they are eating more of them really does make this method more nutritious for my family.
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