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February 2, 2017

(3) weird proportions and (4) totally useless from the point of getting your kids to eat ...
A book written by an American housewife who never (1) learnt to cook or eat well, with (2) obsolete and WRONG nutritional advice, (3) weird proportions and (4) totally useless from the point of getting your kids to eat vegetables.

1. The author admits they never go out to restaurants. Probably never tried anything better than diner food. What she cooks for her family is even less inspiring than school cafeteria. I was hoping to find some good recipes that would incorporate pureed vegetables well, but there is nothing I would feed to my family who know better than chicken nuggets, burgers and cheese sticks.

2. Almost every recipe calls for low fat this or low fat that. The author states that you have to use "low fat or nonfat dairy" which is an old advice dating back to the 1960-ies, disproved by recent scientific research. (Full fat dairy is now recommended for children and adults). She also uses flavored yogurts (sugar!!!) and margarine spread!!! (horror!)

3. Even just by looking at some recipes I can see the proportions are off.

4. The amount of vegetable puree in each recipe is so miniscule, it’s negligible from nutritional point of view. ½ cup of vegetable puree per dish for 4 people means that each person will get 1/8 cup of vegetable. That’s one tiny floret of cauliflower or a teaspoon of peas. If, according to the author, a person has to eat 1.5 to 2.5 cups of vegetables per day, your child will have to consume about 16 full servings (say, of mac-n-cheese) a day. )))) Good luck.

Also, most of the nutritional value in vegetables comes from vitamins. Some recipes call for 3-4-5 hours of cooking (stewing), which would totally destroy any good stuff that originally was in that ½ cup of (already cooked) broccoli puree to start with.

Overall, the concept of adding vegetable purees to your dishes is great, and the idea of freezing and storing puree in small jars is good. I would go for 1-1.5 cups of puree in dishes like pasta sauces.

Otherwise the book is useless and in many cases just bad obsolete advice.

January 5, 2012

Its a PUREE REVOLUTION-- and I've made every recipe in the book!
This little book has revolutionized the way we eat in our home. I am so thankful that I found it.

First of all, lots of reviewers are very passionate about the whole philsophy of how we feed children. There are many who feel strongly that "hiding" vegetables isn't a good idea and that children should eat vegetables "as they are." I respect that opinion-- but that is NOT a fair review of this book. That is a separate philosophical issue that you should resolve in your own home and for your own family.

Deceptively Delicious states openly, on the front cover in fact, that its purpose is to get children to eat good food. That's it. So, to review this book, I think its fair to focus on how well it meets its stated goal. In other words, I'm going to review the specific recipies and the strategies:

I have made every single recipe in this book. They are mostly "YUMMY!" with a couple that are just okay. The standouts, by far, are: spagetti with meatballs, chicken nuggets, soup, macaroni and cheese, chocolate pudding, burgers, and grilled cheese.

I am a mother who works full time, and I am an average cook. No special kitchen skills. I make my purees on Sunday nights after the little one is asleep, while I chat in the kitchen. It does take an investment of time and a willingness to grocery shop and prepare food. However, the stragies have truly revolutionized the way I think about food and children. I still offer "traditional" vegetables in "pure" form, but I also have changed my thinking about what goes into my child's body and how to best nourish him. Every dish, no matter how simple, contains wholesome ingredients and that makes me feel good.

Bottom-line: there are lots of reviewers who may judge these "deceptive" strategies, but I'm willing to bet my kiddo has eaten more broccoli, cauliflower and carrots this week than most kids eat in a month!

December 26, 2013

Save your money and puree veggies
All this is a basic recipe book (no glamorous or easy to use recipes) that recommends what pureed veggies you should use. Save yourself some money and puree veggies, freeze in ice tray containers and add a few to whatever you're making for dinner. Taste to make sure you haven't made the pureed veggies noticeable and serve. That's pretty much what this book will tell you.

January 4, 2016

A lot of recipes only add 1/2 c of sweet potato or carrot to a recipe that serves 8
A lot of recipes only add 1/2 c of sweet potato or carrot to a recipe that serves 8. Doesn't seem worth it. Also, I'm trying to get green vegetables into my kid and there are limited recipes with these in them.

January 5, 2016

Love the concept
Love all Jessica's books. I don't always agree with some of her nutritional components but I just over look that and add my knowledge to what ever I am doing. No biggie. The spiral binding is great. Tip: I look for baby food on sale and purchased in bulk so I can just grab and cook! My copy was used and just like new. Arrived on time and no damage

January 5, 2010

Love this book - it works!
Like this cookbook for so many reasons. Have several cookbooks that base their recipes on purees. Like this one because the purees are flexible and varied. Most of the recipes have turned out vary well.

Baking the choclate chip bean cookies now, although using pecans instead of walnuts. The cookies have proved popular with even non health food eating people! However, I did change the recipe a little in that I chop the beans after draining them. By the time one chops them some are rather mushed but that works out just fine.

Family also loves the avocado choc pudding an unlikely combination but really works. We process it until almost smooth. Husband likes a little bit of texture to it.

Have found breading recipes don't work as well as hoped.

Spinach in brownies, great disguise! Turned out more like fudge though. Very moist and dense.

Love some of the muffins. Peanut butter Jam muffins were great. Made with almond butter. The "jam" I used was simply dried apricots soaked overnight and then pureed. No sugar added so lots of nutrition as well as sweetness.

Note: the cream cheese centered muffins/cupcakes are nicknamed "ugly muffins" in our house. Taste great (and I reduce the sugar as I so in most recipes) but the spinach is very visible. Tends to separate out and be in a layer after the baking and the color is horrible. Hence the nickname ugly muffins. But my son is picky about texture and taste so if can get one bite in and it tastes good we are ok. Anyway, we like them and so many veggies in one sweet treat!

My son is picky enough that he doesn't eat most of the items used to disguise the other items. Example: He doesn't eat mac and cheese! But this recipe book has enough ideas that I have found new ways to sneak his veggies in.

He is 3.5 and now knows I sneak them. He has a choice to eat them straight or disguised and always chooses disguised.

By the way, we did everything by the books to start him right, including eating a wide variety of things when nursing and pregnant and introducing him to a wide variety of foods as a beginning eater. Hopefully he will outgrow this pickiness but for right now I am just concerned that he gets his nutrition.

So my motto is never let a desert go wasted - make them all count with disguised veggies! No his diet is not made up of deserts, but they are certainly a great place to increase his veggie intake.

One of my favorite things about this book, in comparison to others of this genre, is the flexibility of purees in given recipes. Also, it is a beautiful cookbook! I, too, am convinced some of these recipes simply don't work and try to imagine that they were actually tested before published. But so many great recipes that do work for us that they more than make up for the ones that don't work!

January 21, 2017

one less food headache and they are eating healthier.
I have children that are extremely picky. I can't figure out how in the world to get them to eat vegetables, or better yet, try them. So for now, I'll sneak them in their food. My favorite is the grilled cheese with a layer of pureed squash or pumpkin. Or the mac and cheese with the same. The kids don't notice (unless you over do it). I feel better that at least they are getting a better intake a vitamins and minerals without an argument.

November 2, 2017

A Must for Your Kitchen Cookbook Shelf
My toddler actually has no problems eating vegetables, but it's nice to find creative ways to increase intake whenever possible. I've only used a few recipes so far, but I love this book for its organization and presentation. The information is organized so clearly and the style of the book looks like old Betty Crocker manuals from the early 1900's (but without the rampant sexism! Win!). All of the relevant information you could want, from charts on how to prep vegetables; how to stock your pantry and kitchen; nutrition guidelines; tips from other parents; I could go on and on. Every household with toddlers and children should have this book.

July 20, 2017

Don't waste your money.
I do not recommend this book. I ordered it 3 months ago and it's been sitting on my shelf untouched. I found it very overwhelming and not easy to follow. Not easy at all. I'm supposed to make fresh chicken nuggets from scratch every time my kid wants to eat? I don't have time for this! So much prep work and even once I made the purees I am still confused as to what I'm supposed to make. It's too cutesy. I want a cookbook that's straight to the point without all the fluff.

December 21, 2017

Love all the recipes
Love all the recipes! Getting my family to eat healthy foods is a nightmare, but with these recipes they have no idea all the veggies they are actually eating! The recipes taste great, and you cannot even tell there is healthy fruits and veggies in them. I would recommend this for anyone with picky eaters in the family!

November 19, 2018

deceptively a waste of money!
I have had this book for years and just finally tried to start the puree process since my kids turned into very picky eaters. I like the idea of pureed veggies, I will use it in my own recipes. I tried the applesauce muffins, they sounded really good! When it came to filling the muffin tin, I filled to exact specifications but had almost a full cup leftover of batter...there goes half of my veggies! They smelled good out of the oven, but they were so chewy and strange nobody would eat them. Half of the muffin stuck to the paper. I also used butter instead of margarine, ( I just can't get myself to buy margarine.) Just a waste of time, money and good ingredients.

May 25, 2017

This book is an incredible disappointment. I received this book as a gift and ...
This book is an incredible disappointment .I received this book as a gift and it is a complete disaster .I try each of the recipes, even if you follow the instructions perfectly things never come out the way it should. I ended up putting a lot of effort into cooking these meals that nobody liked not even the dog would eat it.

December 16, 2016

Recipes are not that great..
Recipes are not that great...a few good ones but nothing that can't be found doing a google search for free....don't waste your money

September 14, 2017

Don't be a sneaky mom
Some good ideas here however cutting fat out of children's diet is a bad idea - fat is good for them in every way. Recipes replace whole eggs with egg whites, butter with fat free margarine. We made the chocolate muffins which tasted terrible (the recipe calls for adding flour to mixture mixed with electric beater which is a bad idea - dough too tough). The chocolate avocado muffins tasted excellent though - we added extra chocolate chips. The frosting recipe is silly - with 1/2 a cup of confectionary sugar and 8 oz of cream cheese - needs a lot more sugar to taste good and not just like cream cheese. Overall, I am ambivalent, why would you want to sneak veggies in your kids food rather then get them to enjoy veggies as they are - colorful and yummy. I don't like sneaking things into my kids. Adding a little apple sauce or other enhancements to baked goods makes sense but hiding veggies in everything is deceptive - oh that's what the books wants to be.

October 2, 2016

Good idea, not-so-good recipes
I don't have kids and I already eat veggies, but I bought this just to add more into my diet. The puree idea is great, but the recipes are too bland for me. She gives very little info on the puree section, so it's nothing I couldn't have figured out on my own. I do appreciate some of the ideas, like adding cauliflower puree to tuna salad (better than it sounds), but I'll do that with my own recipes in the future.

January 22, 2018

Interesting buy
So far good book. Made French toast and hubby loved it the kids not so much lol hit and miss can’t wair to try more recipes I hope my kids will like it

June 29, 2019

Easy to construct
I ordered this book for a mother who was struggling to get her three year old to eat veggies. She reports that the recipes are simple and delicious. Her son has not once turned his nose up at them. He is eating like a little trucker at a truck stop!

August 1, 2019

Gross recipes
The recipes in this book are gross. Not something I would ever feed my child. I bought this because it was recommended to me by a friend who said her pediatrician recommended it. Not the sort of food I would choose for my children.

March 4, 2019

I think I had unrealistic expectations - recipes aren't really innovative and not anything you can't find with some simple google searches and blog posts. Glad I got the kindle version so it isn't cluttering up my shelf. Feeling it was a waste of $$.

February 6, 2017

One Star
Don't waist your money. Nothing but gibberish. Most of the recipes are online.

August 4, 2016

Big waste
Terrible. My toddler hasn't liked any of the recipes I've tried. Also, hiding vegetables in egg wash as is often the case doesn't really add much nutritionally.

August 4, 2016

... a couple of these recipes & they both were disgusting.
I made a couple of these recipes & they both were disgusting.

May 9, 2019

not what I thought
The recipes pretty much call for low fat ingredients rather than replacing the bad with the good. It’s pretty much hiding puréed veggies in dishes that aren’t super great for you.

March 10, 2018

Two Stars
The few things I made didn't fool my kids.

January 20, 2018

Missing quite a few pages! Not a new book. Very disappointed.

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