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What Chefs Feed Their Kids: Recipes and Techniques for Cultivating a Love of Good Food Hardcover – November 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762760958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762760954
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I wish I’d had a copy of What Chefs Feed Their Kids four years ago—back when I was beginning to realize that feeding a child is an ever-evolving art form. Fortunately for new parents, Fanae Aaron’s book presents an astonishingly comprehensive set of solutions—from newborns to adolescents, from purees to table manners, everything you need is inside. The best news of all: The book is loaded with whip-smart, chef-sourced recipes parents will love, too. I might just make that curried chickpea salad for my daughter tonight. And if I do, you can bet I’ll be making a little extra, so I can have some for lunch tomorrow."

—Keith Dixon, author of Cooking for Gracie and The Art of Losing

 

"What Chefs Feed Their Kids: Recipes and Techniques for Cultivating a Love of Good Food pairs fine food photography by Viktor Budnik with a solid discussion of chef meals for kids, offering a professional's insights on how to get kids to appreciate food. It comes from a first-time mother and lifelong foodie who sought advice from some twenty award-winning chefs on how they handled their own kids' palates. Chapters provide concrete keys to engaging kids and offer stories about chef family lives and kid-oriented choices. Recipes included make this a powerful survey recommended for culinary and parenting collections alike." - Midwest Book Review

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How do those who know the most about food tackle the challenge of cooking for children’s palates? How do they get their youngsters to sit at the dinner table when most kids would rather play underneath? Why do some kids love to eat broccoli, sushi, or pesto while others insist on chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese every night?
 
A lifelong foodie and a first-time mother, Fanae Aaron had lots of questions about how to teach her son to enjoy a variety of fresh, whole foods. So she sought advice from a diverse group of twenty award-winning chefs who are also parents. The book’s first-class lineup includes Eric Bromberg, Marc Murphy, Zack Gross, Ana Sortun, Piero Selvaggio, and Floyd Cardoz. These chefs stimulate their kids’ curiosity about new foods by engaging them in the process without coercing them, and their tips and stories provide an intimate glimpse into the chefs’ family lives. Their strategies include allowing the kids to help prepare meals, taking them to farmers’ markets, and giving them choices with healthy family-style meals.
 
What Chefs Feed Their Kids takes parents chapter by chapter through all the key stages of a child’s development and features seventy-five flavorful recipes from a variety of cuisines —such as Scrambled Eggs and Kale; Baby Lamb Chops; Nori Chips; and Risotto with Pumpkin, Ginger, and Sage.

Customer Reviews

I purchased this book about a year ago for my daughter-in-law as a gift.
B. Stranak
I got this book because I was looking for new recipes to throw into the rotation and the book features Peter Berley, whose other cookbooks I have.
Kristina
The recipes are easy to follow, and the book has gorgeous photos that help a tired chef like myself become inspired.
Susan Bell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelley M. King on October 26, 2011
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Not only are the recipes we've made from this book fantastic, (Scrambled Eggs with Kale, Braised Chicken with Farro, Tuscan Kale and Tomatoes, Japanese pancakes), but the information about each age and stage of cooking and eating is so very helpful. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a child (or with one on the way) who wants to make meals the entire family will love and know that their children are getting a healthy, well-balanced diet.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lgpw on December 15, 2011
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Albeit this book looks nice - it would look good on a coffee table. But it is poorly written, replete with anecdotes about the author and her son as well as the chefs she interviews that are often banal and sometimes even off-topic. The book is organized by age groups, but that's about the only organizational structure the reader can detect. The writing is all over the map. The photos are nice; the paper the pages are printed on are heavy and glossy, but other than that the book disappoints. There are some good recipes but there's not enough of them. Instead, the pages are mostly filled with the rather meaningless anecdotes mentioned above. Furthermore, a lot of the recipes are highly impractical. Granted, the recipes are what chefs cook up for their kids so they're going to be more sophisticated but a lot of them just go too far to be a practical dish to serve your kids. Finally, if you're looking for a cookbook that will show you how to cook health-conscious meals for your kids, What Chefs Feed Their Kids is decidedly not it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bell on November 14, 2011
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Aaron's book, "What Chefs Feed Their Kids" is not only a great book for feeding your kids, but a wonderful tool for any person looking to spice up their mundane meals. I am a teacher and love using these recipes for snack time - however, I also use this book at home for meals made just for my husband and me. The recipes are easy to follow, and the book has gorgeous photos that help a tired chef like myself become inspired. Not only that - but the book uses stories and experiences to pepper a personal touch throughout. A must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy at The Crunchy Carrot on November 17, 2011
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Fanae Aaron hits it out of the park! The cookbook is a great guide to getting your child excited about new foods and how to eat healthfully. The best part- it'll change the way you think about food and get you cooking delicious meals in a flash, even if you don't have any kitchen skills or culinary background. A must buy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KTville12 on January 3, 2012
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I was really excited about this book at the beginning, however, after reading through it, I found it somewhat choppy (pun intended) and unrealistic. I have a two year old that I'm desperately trying to get eat food, real food and I had hoped this book would provide a good idea or two. Interesting, but by no means life changing or really even meal planning changing.
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What a great book for parents to have as a resource. Picky eaters make dinner time difficult on the best days and here is a book that will help put your mind to rest. How do other families kids eat? How do I get my kids to just try new things? Why do we have to always eat `Kid food'? Well pick up this book and learn what has worked for those actually in the food industry.

From birth to teens this book will give you ideas, recipes, experiences, answers to problems you may have with your child's eating. How much is too much? How much is too little? I have been blessed with kids that eat pretty much anything. We started them out young eating what we ate...no baby food...gross would you even eat it? I loved the order of this book and how it started out with the youngest eaters and then progressed. Great personal experiences and I have even tried a few recipes and they are good and the kids ate them!

This book would make a wonderful baby gift to new parents or a Christmas gift to a hard to buy for family. My only complaint is the size of the photos of the food. I like full-page photos in my recipe books, and even some of the prep-work. Otherwise this is a terrific book for all parents out there. Who wants picky eaters anyway? I sure don't, it makes meal time a fight. I'd rather have a experience we all can enjoy.
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What a clever idea for a cookbook! It is thought that kids are fussy eaters but if you give them good food they will eat good food. Although I have a nephew that when he was very little he loved to dip hot dogs in blueberry yogurt - truly gag worthy. But he is a very adventurous eater because his mother took him to restaurants and let him try many different things.

This book breaks down into chapters based on the child's age and gives recipes suitable for what they can eat at that point. It was interesting to me to read how the different chefs came up with the recipes for their children. You can feel their love and concern in the stories and in the food they create. Many of the recipes are adaptable for adults with minor changes and I did just that for a Carrot Salad recipe that I presented to my hubby with his Thanksgiving dinner.

The cookbook is full of delightful recipes and truly good information so if you have children or know someone who does it would be a great addition to your cookbook library.
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Full disclosure: my six year old is already a great eater. My friends always comment on her love of vegetables and exotic "nonkid" food. I got this book because I was looking for new recipes to throw into the rotation and the book features Peter Berley, whose other cookbooks I have. I'm happy to report that the recipes in here are delicious so far and user-friendly. (As others have mentioned the curried chickpeas are a winner!) I am even happier to see that I -- decidedly not a chef, rather, an amateur who is passionate about food and nutrition -- have used the same tips as many of the featured chefs to cultivate my own good eater. So the recipes are good and, at least in my experience, the advice from the chefs is tried and true. I even picked up a few more ideas to use on my two year old, who is following in her sister's footsteps to becoming a good eater.
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