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The Cleaner Plate Club: Raising Healthy Eaters One Meal at a Time Paperback – January 15, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
This crayon-colored real food manifesto from mommy bloggers Bader and Benjamin gives parents plenty of ammo in the never-ending battle to get their kids to eat better, though it will likely be used more as a reference than a playbook at the end of a long day. Concerned parents will appreciate arguments for the benefits of eating better and avoiding processed foods; suggestions on dealing with picky eaters; shopping tips; and the organic vs. conventional debate. Profiles of common vegetables should broaden the palate and pantry, but some tips are disappointingly obvious ("don't go grocery shopping with kids who are hungry or tired"). And while recipes do present healthy alternatives, not all are time savers: few parents will want to whip up pumpkin gnocchi with walnut cream sauce and balsamic reduction after work. The duo deserves credit for a healthy take on chicken nuggets (baked), and their list of "faster than drive-thru dinners" that come together in a flash. Locavores well-versed in the benefits of a diet emphasizing fresh vegetables will likely find few surprises, but others will find a helpful resource for healthier eating. (Jan.)
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This gem of a cookbook covers all the bases.- Sacramento Book Review
Bader and Ali Benjamin remind us how we can enjoy real food again and share recipes that both taste good and are good for you. Their encouraging emphasis on healthy and simple ways to
prepare whole foods is enough to turn even the most resistant parent into a “kitchen convert.” A must have for every family’s kitchen!
family nutrition by providing healthy recipes, supermarket strategies, and vegetable profiles.
Sprinkled with quotations (from Michael Pollan, among others, of course!), the book also includes interesting information on pesticide residues in produce, analyses of oils, and tips for dealing with sugar fiends and balky eaters. The resource section lists organizations, publications, and favorite cookbooks. Presented in a colorful, kid-friendly style, with mom-next-door chatty text, this guide offers advice on what to choose and how to cook it in a fast-food age.
The market for books on this subject continues to grow following Pollan's 2006 best seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and this is a useful addition. Great for public libraries and all readers interested in healthy cooking/shopping for the family.
“A friendly, balanced mix of real food manifesto, vegetable encyclopedia, and regular weeknight cookbook.”
"If your offspring don’t devour the zucchini-bacon fritters and pumpkin white-cheddar soup, you most certainly will."
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My absolute favorite cookbook! Every recipe tastes great. I always recommend this cookbook to friends looking to eat healthier (as in more veggies and real good).Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was eagerly waiting for this cookbook. Unfortunately so many of the recipes have some kind of nut in them, for a child with a nut allergy, like mine... most recipes don't work. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Cooking Momma
This book is very informative. I learned a lot about food. I am trying to use some of this information. With adults making changes is harder than children. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by butnov
I have found a few thing out of this book, but I find I like the book Clean Eating For Busy Families better.Published on September 30, 2013 by Toy Room
It might have worked as a 100 page book with one recipe per page, but it's just not accessible to my kids who cook quite a bit of their own food.Published on July 31, 2013 by Jason Mark
There are a lot of great recipes in this book, but none that my picky eater would even touch. Being advertised as a cook book for kids, I was disappointed.Published on December 10, 2012 by Courtney Chapman
Wow I bought this as an ebook today for the bargain price of $3.08!!! It is packed full of great info and recipes that I can't wait to try. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Lisaxx
This book is greAt! My daughter loves everything I have made from it. Our family Dave is the kale soup. It is so good it he book is worth it just for this recipe. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Kateybell
I loved the taste of the chicken nuggets because they are tasty,healthy and has very few ingredients too.I am 7 years old and my brother is 4 and we both love this recipe. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer