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The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals Paperback – Bargain Price, March 26, 2007

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762430753
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The Sneaky Chef is a brilliant and timely concept." -- Chef Daniel Boulud

"The Sneaky Chef offers frustrated parents a simple, practical solution to getting their kids to eat healthier food." -- Nancy Samalin, best-selling author of LOVING WITHOUT SPOILING

"Here are lots of good ideas and recipes that will work for you if you are at wits end." -- Vicki Lansky, author of FEED ME I'M YOURS

"Missy Chase Lapine is not only the best at what she does, she's the only one who does it" -- Rob Rosenthal, KitchenMC

Natalie Morales, Today Show Host
"Moms and dads if you're at your wit's end trying to get your kids to eat healthy... well, fret no more! Finally, it's "The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue." As the mother of a very picky eater, the only way to get my son Josh to eat his veggies is to sneak it, and Missy's recipes are not only creative and delicious, they are a lifesaver for this often over-worried mom."

Tyler Florence, Chef and Author
"As both a father and a chef, I can tell you that it's sometimes easier said than done to get kids to eat right. But I've got to say, the Sneaky Chef series makes keeping your kids eating habits on the right track not just infinitely more manageable, but fun at the same time."

Patricia Hametz, MD, MPH / Director, Center for Best Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian
"By creating delicious foods made with healthful ingredients that your kids will actually eat, Missy Chase Lapine succeeds in allowing family meal times to be fun and stress-free. She is helping us all to instill good eating habits that will set the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating for the whole family."

About the Author

Missy Chase Lapine became the “Sneaky Chef” on the publication of her first book in April 2007. She has appeared on The Today Show and other national and local outlets to promote her timely “Sneaky” strategies. She lives in Westchester, NY.

More About the Author

Missy Chase Lapine is the creator of the wildly successful Sneaky Chef Method and series of books, including the flagship, New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals. Based on the success of her books and in response to demands from her dedicated followers, Missy developed The Sneaky Chef Foods, a line of packaged foods that improve children's health by helping moms easily feed their kids the fruit and veggies they need in the foods they already love. Learn more at

As a celebrity Chef, Missy has appeared on The Today Show and hundreds of national TV, radio and print appearances, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, a successful "mompreneur," a member of the Children's Advisory Council for NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (where Sneaky Chef meals are served to patients), a member of Parenting Magazine's Mom Squad, and collaborator with one of the world's largest insurance companies, United Health Group/Optum Health.

Missy is the former publisher of Eating Well magazine and is the founder of BabySpa, a natural baby product line. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

Customer Reviews

It's not my kids who are picky's ME!
R. Jones
This book gives you excellent ideas for cramming extra nutritional value into your meals.
Her daughter has loved every recipe she's tried so far.

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302 of 308 people found the following review helpful By Sleep Doctor on December 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
We dont care who did it first, the Sneaky Chef is the one that works.,
Sleep Doctor "Dr. Mom, MD" (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food (Spiral-bound)
This weekend 7 friends and I got together to compare recipes from The Sneaky Chef(TSC) and Deceptively Delicious(DD). Our primary loyalty is to our kids and getting good food into them. We don't really care who did it first, just what works. We've been successfully sneaking for months and need more recipes now, so we were eagerly awaiting the release of Deceptively Delicious.

We chose six duplicate recipes from each book (12 total) and did double-blind (where neither the server nor the child knows which is which-only the cook keeps track) side by side taste tests. The whole process took all day Sunday. We chose to make mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, peanut butter & jelly muffins, brownies, chicken nuggets and meat loaf.

Summary: For one reason or another, kids clearly preferred the recipes from TSC. The main reasons seemed to be that DD's were too sophisticated in flavors and the textures were off. The cooks felt that TSC was more geared towards kids' tastes, especially where picky eaters are concerned, and addressed the needs of the cook better. Roughly half of the recipes in Deceptively Delicious are the same as in The Sneaky Chef, which was disappointing since we're starved ; ) for new recipes at this point.

The following are the detailed results:

Mashed Potatoes: Kids' preference: TSC. Main reason: "Creamier." DD was called "watery" by most kids. Cooks found both recipes easy to make and would do so regularly.

Mac n cheese: Kids' unanimous preference: TSC.
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509 of 527 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on May 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is truly amazing. I have two children who won't eat a mini-carrot between them, and they are now downing veggie after veggie without suspecting a thing!! Here is the funny thing- it works on my husband too! He claims he doesn't like sweet potatoes, but he has eaten them in so many things now- I just wait and tell him afterwards (haha, guess what you just ate?!). Do I feel guilty about sneaking veggies? Not at all! Whatever I can do to help my family be healthier, I would do in a heartbeat. I have a couple of hints- first of all, buy all of your veggies at once and spend about 3 hours one afternoon once per month making the five most common veggie purees. Pour them into individual serving size freezer bags and then put all of the little bags into a gallon bag (one per type of puree), label them, and you are good to go! This is much easier than trying to puree veggies for each meal, it would become so time-consuming that you would be tempted to change your mind at the last minute and make something easier (and less healthy). I grab a bag out of the freezer, quickly defrost and then stir it in with the kids mac n' cheese, chocolate pudding, and all sorts of other "treat food" that all of a sudden become vitamin-rich dishes. I also pre-make some of the breading and flour mix too, and keep them really simplifies things at dinnertime. Likewise, I make the breakfast cookies in a triple recipe, and save them and freeze them for a quick, easy and healthy breakfast. The meat recipes in this book are also excellent- the sloppy joes, meatballs, and the meatloaf- as well as the baked ziti and the pizza- are especially fabulous. This is the first book that I have felt compelled to write a review about, but I felt I absolutely had to do it! We have been eating almost exclusively on recipes from this book for a month now and we all feel so much healthier. Kudos to Missy Chase Lapine! Thank you!
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179 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Michele Richard on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Let me first say I like this book and I am glad I purchased it. I echo other reviewers who question the idea of hiding foods instead of teaching your children to enjoy them. However, this is certainly a way to sneak some in while you are attempting the teaching.

My kids are not THAT picky, but they are children after all so of course they would prefer nothing but cookies for the rest of their lives.

I have made all the purees so far and have tried many of the recipes. I have also used the concept in my own recipes with great success.

Like other reviewers, I am also wondering how much nutrition is left in the food once you boil it down to nothing. In some cases, I have added the water I boiled the veggies in to recipes in other ways. Don't know if that helps anything, but it made me feel better about it.

Now for my disappointment about the book...the recipes don't have nutritional values listed. yes, there is a list of nutrients provided by the sneaked in foods, but no real nutrional value - ie calories, fat, fiber, etc. My next project will be to calculate nutritional value based on my old recipes versus adding the new recipes. I am not certain how much I am actually changing the value - in other words, am I doing a fair amount of work for little improvement? The sneaked in foods seem to be in such small amount sometimes I am just not sure that there is a real value in it. I guess something is better than nothing, but since my kids already eat fairly well, I am not convinced that it is worth all my extra effort.

I should say for the record that I have 4 children -infant, 2,4 and 13.
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