A philosophy of moderation and common sense that fosters good health, good eating habits and, most of all, a loving relationship between parents and children. -- The Washington Post
A uniquely comforting, now-I'm-on-the-right-track approach... warm, sensible, professional and expert advice about what is, after all, a universal set of situations. -- Family Journal
I am going to try your recipe for Yellow Spaghetti, which will give me an opportunity to revisit bacon, a banned food item for longer than I can remember. I appreciate your good-humoured and thoughtful work. -- Recovering Enthusiast
I love your book and I am having so much fun planning menus and learning to cook! I have never planned menus unless I was on a diet, but I am now and I am enjoying my food and feel safe because I know what is coming next. -- Recovering Dieting Casualty
It's wonderful when she says, "the secret of feeding a healthy family is to love good food, trust yourself and share that with your children." Encouraging people to eat well is far better than laying on all the rules. -- Nutrition Educator
When Satter says, "a family is what you are when you start taking care of yourself," it makes it OK to go to the trouble of feeding myself. Secrets was written for me, as well as for people with children. -- Reviewer
From the Author
Why did I write this book? It's part of my mission to revolutionize eating and feeding. But like any worthwhile project I have ever done, I backed into it. I thought I had a clear direction but what I hadn't anticipated is that, like a spirited child, Secrets has been a most willful book! In response to reader request, I started out to write a short and simple primer about child feeding following my golden rule, the division of responsibility in feeding: The parent is responsible for the what, when and where of feeding, the child is responsible for the how much and whether of eating. The problem that soon became apparent is that the cornerstone of that division of responsibility is family meals, and today's families have extraordinary difficulty getting meals on the table. It's not for lack of commitment or trying. There are too many barriers: lack of time and food skills, guilt and anxiety about eating and, not the least, all the rules that have taken the fun out of eating. Thus, Secrets turned into a book about reclaiming the family meal for the enjoyable, connecting, soothing and energizing backbone of the family. We all absolutely depend on knowing we are going to be fed. To do well with eating, we have to have meals. We must make meals a priority or we will scare ourselves and our children, whether we know it or not. We'll grab at not-so-good food, and end up feeling hungry and unsatisfied, both emotionally and physically.