The Sneaky Chef author Missy Chase Lapine, hot on the heels of having just sued Jessica Seinfeld over the striking similarities between her own book and Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious, has just inked a deal to do yet another installation in her series. Lapine's latest book is to feature even more ways to hide fruits and vegetables in your children's food. Seriously, how many tomes does this warrant? How many ways could there possibly be to trick your kids? When we were kids there was only one way to eat veggies: Steamed plain, fresh on our plates, and with lots of hemming and hawing. [Publisher's Weekly]
At least nowadays it's easier to find information on how to cook vegetables properly, instead of boiling the everloving piss out of them. I think a lot of kids grew up hating vegetables because "vegetables" meant "a bitter, pulpy, stringy mass of ick" — kind of like the food Calvin's mom always cooked.
The author of a cooking blog I read, Tigers and Strawberries, has a baby daughter who she's been slowly introducing to solid food, and she's always gone for fresh veggies and fruits, and dishes with plenty of seasoning. She theorizes that the extreme blandness of most commercial baby foods may set kids up to hate anything that doesn't taste like wet paper with salt or sugar added, and notes that mothers from other cultures regularly feed their babies mashed-up portions of the same foods they eat — often foods that would make the average American's eyes tear up — without any trouble.
Proof positive: her baby loves spicy foods and will mug you for a bite of your curry. :)