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One Bite Won't Kill You: More than 200 Recipes to Tempt Even the Pickiest Kids on Earth Paperback – October 7, 1999


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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

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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

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

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395901464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395901465
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ann Hodgman is author of more than forty children's books, several humor books, and the BEAT THIS! and BEAT THAT! cookbooks. She has two children and twenty pets. Ann Hodgman lives in Washington, Connecticut.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By L Goodman-Malamuth VINE VOICE on October 26, 1999
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I am responsible for feeding four males daily (one of whom is my husband), all of whom are such picky eaters that I come close to pounding my head with the cast-iron Le Creuset cookware I bought before I had children. However, these are mighty fine recipes, most of which will get eaten around these parts if I'm not hiding chopped broccoli in them. In addition, Ann reminds us in the nicest possible way that in this world, being a picky eater is sheer luxury, and then rolls up her sleeves and gets to it. As in her previous (and also highly recommended, by me) cookbooks, Beat This! and Beat That!, Ann admits freely that there is a time and a place in the kitchen for time-saving convenience foods, cleverly disguised. And if that argument goes over with me--when I lived in Berkeley, I used to grind my own flour, for God's sake--it should to you, too. The Roz Chast illustrations are a treat. The holidays are coming, so buy this book for anyone who can boil water. I'll be watching.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
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This book is not just for kids! I have made several recipes and they were great! The cloud fruit dip was recent party hit--with adults! The caramel apple bread pudding ,eggnog and fudgies were all excellent. It is also very funny and the illustrations are a riot.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2000
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There are a few words that come to mind when describing this book . Words like "wonderful", "witty", and "must have". All the recipes in this book are incredibly scrumptious. My usually finicky-about-food kids have always had thirds whenever I cook from this book. But kids certainley aren't the only ones who will enjoy these recipes. Anyone who has a kitchen and access to food will LOVE this book. Kudos to Roz Chast for her lovely illustrations.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2000
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I would really like to recommend One Bite Won't Kill You by Ann Hodgman. It is a GREAT cookbook for picky eaters. It is not so much that the recipes are great (though they are) as her attitude when writing it. It really perks up your day to know that someone is writing a cookbook and really seems to GET kids.
She has fun recipes with real kid friendly ingredients such as Tater Tot Surprise and Nonthreating Cheese Fondue, but she also writes in a way that will get most parents smiling even with the food battle getting ready to come:
Nonthreating Cheese Fondue "...The fondue concept is so perfect for children -- it's so nice and violent, stabbing something with a fork and drowning it in a vat--that poisoning the cheese with wine is lunacy. But this recipe wouldn't dream of doing anything silly like this. This recipe LIKES children."
It is not a fancy cookbook. But it is a cookbook that has food with ingredients that you can find, are likely in your house anyway and isn't all preachy and nasty about the foods your kid SHOULD be eating. And the foods taste good. And my kids eat them. Also her essay in the back "Why None of This Matters" is really great too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mayflower Girl on December 22, 2005
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I own over 200 cookbooks, and cook regularly from 2 or 3. This is one of them. Why? Well, first off, everything I've tried has been Delicious(!). Almost too tasty for kids. ;) I just finished making the Mud Puddle Cake and it is very yummy (probably won't last the night in our house)... even though there are no eggs or butter in the cake. (Rare in this book!) For those who comment on the unhealthiness of the recipes, if your family's alternative is take-out than these probably are more healthful. You can also tweak some of them to make them slightly more virtuous. The oven fried chicken was incredible... and I was able to 1/2 the butter content with no issues. Cinnamon Twisties can be made with low-fat cream cheese and nobody will be the wiser. The beef stew is fab as is.

Even if you don't like to cook, the book is terribly entertaining to read.

I use this more than "Beat This" and "Beat That" probably because of how it is organized. Much easier to go through a bunch of breakfast dishes than fish them out from an alphabetical list of all recipes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike Herrington on August 25, 2000
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I loved this book. First I laughed, then I made two of the recipes for my kids (aged 3 and 6) which they both *loved*. Then I laughed some more. Then I made the bread recipe, which was so good that I no longer bake in my bread machine anymore -- I make the dough from her recipe in it, then bake it in the oven. This has evolved into a Saturday ritual in my house. (Oh, and the drawings by Roz Chast are alone worth the price of admission.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2000
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I loved the title and the topic and bought this at (gasp) a bookstore. My kids aren't as fussy as they once were but it was great to have kid-friendly recipes. The author is appropriately sheepish about when the recipes get a little less than gourmet, but its supposed to be about family eating. The teriyaki, the deli chicken variations, the multiple incarnations of chicken have all worked for my family (meat and potatoes male, 16 year old vegetarian and 10 year old picky eater). Don't get turned off by the ingredients and miss a real find. I'm giving it to my sister, whose kids are 2 and 5 and really, really need it. Remember, its not about high nutrition. Its about family eating.
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