Writer Mimi Sheraton (the first female chief food critic at The New York Times) has taken on Jessica Seinfeld's bestselling book Deceptively Delicious. Says Sheraton of the controversy on the similarities between Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious and Missy Chase Lapine's The Sneaky Chef: "I say: a plague on both their houses. Both propose a culinary scheme that is, basically, totally stupid, to say nothing of dishonest... With the dangerous rise of childhood obesity and diabetes, do we really want to encourage the eating of sugars and starches... As to the nutritional worth of such cooked and recooked vegetables, in miniscule amounts, [NYU nutrition expert Dr. Marion Nestle] first chuckled wildly and then answered, 'All you can do is laugh.'" Welcome to the club! [Slate]

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Sally Tomato

That's precisely the biggest problem I have with the book, other than it's written by one of the most contemptible human beings on the planet. What happened to parents telling their children they'll eat their fucking vegetables and they'll like it? This totally speaks to this new parenting style of coddling our children too much. Keep cowtowing to their whims and they'll end up still sucking their thumbs at 30. Or will wind up with Aspberger's. Or both.