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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."
Top customer reviews
So I bought this book, which is a very entertaining read, and it made me resolve to feed my kid slightly better food. Not to be perfect - the book is definitely not about being perfect - but even if I made one thing a week, that would be better than not cooking at all. So far I've made 4 recipes from the book and they've all been a hit - not only with my 11-month-old, but they've also been things my husband and I want to eat. My husband even declared the meatloaf florentine "dinner-party-worthy."
This book isn't aimed specifically at cooking for a baby, and in fact, some of the recipes would need to be modified slightly to be appropriate for my baby, but it's a book about making healthy food that people of all ages can enjoy. I've never liked cooking, but it's so gratifying to make food my whole family likes that it makes me just want to keep cooking.
Oh, and apparently when my husband went to pick my son up at daycare yesterday, all the daycare teachers wanted to know what his lunch was (kale potato soup) because he loved it and it smelled so good.
On another note - I'm a total localvore and simply enjoy learning about food. I was expecting this to be a "recipe book" - but it's much more than that. Even if you never make a single recipe - it's still totally worth the price because you will learn A LOT!
Thumbs up ladies - this is one that I'll be using for a long time (and buying to send to a bunch of my mom friends!)
A bargain for the price. A great book!!