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Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater Hardcover – May 19, 2009
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Seattle dad and food critic Amster-Burton wants his daughter to grow up fearlessly savoring a wide range of appealing foods, something beyond untutored childhood’s bland fodder and ubiquitous processed foods persistently marketed to television-watching adolescents. He believes that developing a child’s taste for uncommon produce, meats, fish, herbs, and spices lies in early exposure to their flavors and being sure that baby sees Mom and Dad relishing a spectrum of victuals. One by one, Amster-Burton debunks widely held opinions about feeding toddlers, such as withholding salt, sushi, or spices. And he’s not averse to cooking with wine or allowing his daughter a tiny sip of beer. Recipes include a number of Mexican favorites, even highly seasoned Thai and Chinese dishes, all designed to be simply and quickly prepared. Any parent frustrated by an offspring’s dismissive “Yuck!” will find some usefully novel approaches here to patient cultivation of adventuresome palates. --Mark Knoblauch
With its incisive wit and hilarious stories about Iris, Hungry Monkey made me want to have a child...just so I could start feeding her. --Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-Free Girl
Matthew Amster-Burton is equal parts Mario Batali, Ray Romano, Dr. Spock of toddler cuisine, and Mr. Spock of toddler logic. He's a national and intergalactic culinary and literary treasure --Steven Shaw, author of Turning the Tables and co-founder of eGullet
Matthew Amster-Burton cast some sort of enchantment over me as I read about his all-too-real-life culinary adventures with his daughter. The proof? I actually found myself thinking" if Matthew were my dad, I don't think I'd mind being a little girl...or even a sock monkey...if I got my share of every meal. --John Thorne, author of Outlaw Cook and Mouth Wide Open
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Instead, I absolutely loved this book. There are only two Rules and they're pretty dang easy to follow. A week after buying the book, reading it, rereading it, and making my husband read it, my son took his first bite of some of the best gyoza in town. And he loved it. There are some things he doesn't love yet, like ice cream, which makes me suspect that he's a changeling. But all-in-all our whole approach towards feeding our son has morphed into something a lot like the approach we have towards feeding ourselves. Eat good food, and enjoy it!
All in all, a well written book that needs to be read by anyone who is absolutely dreading a future of the white-foods-only phase.
Also, the author throws in some unique recipes that are quite delicious!
They have finished the book and are now making some for the recipes for trial runs waiting for their daughter to increase the population of VT by 1.
If you are looking for a gift for the prints to be this would fit the bill.