I ran to the bookstore yesterday afternoon to grab Jessica Seinfeld’s new cookbook. I felt a certain need to snatch it up before the Oprah appearance yesterday, this is the lame parent version of getting into a musician ‘before they were cool”.
I bought this book because it really seems to tie into my current struggle to find good food all three of my children will love. After browsing a little yesterday I’m excited to give it a try.
Of course I read this article and Miranda Purves was, uh, not impressed? If you enjoy watching a mass of people tear someone apart limb from limb have a go at the comments on that article. Whoa.
Seinfeld’s idea isn’t particularly innovative, The Sneaky Chef is pretty much the same book. Even readers of this blog have been sneaking vegetables into baked goods, check out Mary’s spinach brownie recipe here. I also wrote about the method at my other column at Alpha Mom.
Still I like the design of the book and the recipes seem as if they’ll appeal to my picky eaters. Purves was especially overwhelmed by pureeing the vegetables required for these recipes. I hate cooking as much if not more than most people but last night as dinner simmered I grabbed the vegetables I had in the fridge and freezer and steamed and pureed them before dinner was done. I now have broccoli, pea and red pepper puree in my freezer ready to go. It really wasn’t difficult.
For next week I’ll report on the banana bread recipe with cauliflower puree, the quesadilla with butternut squash and the pink pancakes (with beets). I have high hopes for the banana bread and pancakes, but I predict the quesadillas will be shunned like you’ve never seen a quesadilla be shunned.