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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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"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.
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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
If I was only looking at this week’s food performance, it would probably be a two. While the cookbook is lovely to look at, it was abundantly clear that 1) I am not a chef and 2) I don’t live in California. Some of the ingredients you really have to look for – and when I’m shopping with kids, I’m not exactly moving at a leisurely pace. No time to search – unless it’s for C hiding out in the bakery. If you’re looking for a great looking cookbook that tells stories and offers some kid-friendly food tips along with the recipes, give this one a try. It would be an awesome baby shower gift for the foodie new parents who still believe they’ll maintain the same level of cuisine after having kids. And hey – I’d take reading a beautiful cookbook over opening my 37th “so cute” onesie any day of the week. You can see actual pictures and the full review at http://99cookbooks.com/2015/04/21/what-chefs-feed-their-kids/
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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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I would have been way more interested in this e-book if the chefs had each contributed one recipe that we may not have heard of yet. My 15-year-old grandson has been an extremely picky eater since he first tried real food. Please, help suffering parents! Recipes, not only for toddlers and preschoolers, but also tween and teens would be much appreciated. The book was somewhat interesting, but not helpful.
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I bought the book thinking there might be clever ideas to motivate my kids to eat different things or neat recipes to try but here it is in a nutshell...feed the kids what you eat and don't worry if they play with it or don't like it the first ten times. The recipes didn't inspire me to cook them for myself even, too difficult for a mother of triplet toddlers to pull off.
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