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Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food [Hardcover-spiral]

Jessica Seinfeld
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Sept. 20 2007

It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits?

As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest (and least healthy) choices available to them. Her modus operandi? Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they're stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don't even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month's worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear–out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that "must have" the latest sugar bomb cereal.

But this book also contains much more than recipes and tips. By solving problems on a practical level for parents, Seinfeld addresses the big picture issues that surround childhood obesity and its long–term (and ruinous) effects on the body. With the help of a prominent nutritionist, her book provides parents with an arsenal of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas. She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have (as opposed to adults) in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats.

Jessica Seinfeld's book is practical, easy–to–read, and a godsend for any parent that wants their kids to be healthy for a long time to come.


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“Just when you’d abandoned all hope of ever convincing your kids to eat their carrots, here comes Jessica Seinfeld.” (Redbook Magazine)

“Seinfeld’s recipes were written with determined simplicity.” (Cookie magazine)

“An elegant plan…. The recipes blend nutrition into a meal and harmony into mealtime.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Jessica Seinfeld is the founder and president of Baby Buggy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clothing and equipment to New York's families in need. She is the wife of Jerry Seinfeld, with whom she has three children. This is her first book.


Jessica Seinfeld es la fundadora y presidenta de Baby Buggy, una organizaciÓn sin fines de lucro que provee ropa y equipamiento a familias necesitadas de Nueva York. Es la esposa de Jerry Seinfeld, con quien tiene tres hijos. Este es su primer libro.



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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Dec 21 2007
Format:Hardcover-spiral
My children have been born and raised on fresh gargen veggies. Their appetizer and main course is heavily on the veggie side so I was very interested in this book. But I was very disappointed in the end.

As other cooks below have pointed out, Jessica should have taken more time to ensure that the ingredients and amounts all worked out and were pretty much foolproof before endorsing them.(I wonder if she really used some or just added them from other recipe books on the market!) For years my mother did exactly what Jessica has tried..only my mother perfected the process. (We all think SHE should write a book!) I initially bought the book to add to the couple of recipies I did have from my mother, unaware that she had many more tucked away, until....

....I tried several, including the chicken nuggets and spaghetti. Nasty. Mom came to visit and I showed her the book. Without having to try the recipies she pointed out the flaws in many...including the ones that failed for me. We rewrote the recipies with different healthy ingredients, balanced them and they were successful. So, Jessica's book is full of pen marks. I should change the title because it's not her stuff anymore...it's "Deceptively Grandma's"!!!!

I also agree with another poster's comment. This book is strangely VERY similar to one that sold earlier in the year..and like others my friends have that are a few years older. There are many combinations that work with purees...why did Jessica's book have to be so much a clone of the other one? Interestingly enough the failed recipies seem like the only ones that were not taken from another source. Did Jessica scour the net and other sources for foods made from purees and throw them in a book? Very few are original.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the reviews carefully before purchase... Feb. 7 2008
Format:Hardcover-spiral
I'm don't understand why there are reviewers giving this 3 stars (or more) when they haven't tried the recipes or, worse, they have tried the recipes and they have failed. I hope that potential buyers will read all the reviews carefully before making their decision as to whether to purchase this book.

My review is as follows: The concept is wonderful, the book is beautiful and the pictures are gorgeous; but this is a COOKBOOK and the recipes are disasterous. Let's face it...a Mercedes Benz is gorgeous too but if it doesn't have an engine, do you really want to buy it?

So far the items I have made from this book have not cooked properly (for example, the banana bread is heavy and moisture-laden and resembles a brick) and the vegetables are not well "hidden" as promised. Ginger spice cake with carrots and broccoli tastes like....carrot and broccoli bread. And I also ask myself, hmmm...hasn't this been done before and better? After grinding away at the broccoli and carrots with my food processor I had cause to recall my mother's wonderful "pumpkin loaf" (as we called it) and the zucchini nut bread of my youth. These also have vegetables cooked into them but they are yummier and more successful.

In short, this book was a disappointment and I'm sorry that it is too late to return it. It's a shame really because it seemed like a great idea. Buyer beware, as they say, and please note the content of some of the other reviewers of this *cook* book. I observed a 4(?) star rating from a reviewer who gave the book as a gift and has clearly doled out their rating based on concept alone.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't buy this again... Oct. 26 2007
Format:Hardcover-spiral
I have no problem with sneaking a little extra veg. into my kids diets, so I ordered this book and was so excited to try out the receipe's. It is a beautiful book and I like the look of it, however the following are the ACTUAL result I received:
1. Beet pancakes- while the pancakes did turn out pink, they did not cook the whole way through, they were completely raw inside,(I have made many a pancake in my time and have never had this problem)
2. Beet chocolate cake - it was OKAY.. too much work for an OKAY cake.
3. Chicken Nugets- ABSOLUTE DISSASTER!! WAY too much flax meal in the bread crumbs, the broccoli could be seen through the bread crumbs, takes aweful, all burned (I kept having to add more oil to get through the batch) and the end result was greasy, bland and gross.
4. Mozzarella sticks, WHAT A MESS! the cauliflower was very over powering and they tasted aweful. I ended up freezing them over night so they would cook without becoming a melted mess.
5.Spagetti and meatballs - The meatballs were actually really good, I will make them again, the sauce was WAY too watery, I don't know if that's how they eat it in Manhattan, but it was like soup.

So 1 out of 5 worked. I'm not sure that the reciepe's were writen properly because they balance of ingrediant's seems off.

It's too bad they weren't better, I still really like Jessica, but unfortunately her reciepe's aren't very good.
I wouldn't recomend this book to others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all Feb. 14 2008
By Robyn
Format:Hardcover-spiral
This book was very disappointing. I LOVE to cook, and found the recipes were very labour intensive (all that puree-ing, even for someone who loves to be in the kitchen...give me a break!). The foods I prepared were ixnayed by my kids, and my husband who eats almost anything wasn't so impressed either. I wish I could return it, but I've thrown out my receipt. Anyway, what I've learned from this is that yes, we all want our families to eat healthier foods. How do we accomplish this? Set the example by eating it ourselves, keep serving it to them (not hiding it, just making it really yummy!), and eventually they will follow suit. And if they grow up and hate broccoli? No problem, as long as they eat their carrots : )
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Most recent customer reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
This is getting two stars like the other cookbook of hers I bought. It was a gift and if I saw it at the bookstore I would have put it back down. Basic recipes with puree's.
Published 3 months ago by 2 CUPS A DAY
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes!
There are some very good recipes in here. I actually liked them myself! My son is a real challenge to cook for though so even some of the great-tasting things he didn't eat. Read more
Published 8 months ago by NMM
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up
Works on kids and husbands!

I'm not going to write a novel about the products I buy, if they suck ill let people know but otherwise you get a 2-3 word review then this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Simple Recipes
I also purchased the Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids and Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. Read more
Published 11 months ago by elkaso
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book.
Great recipes in the book and gives helpful hints to hide more veggies, etc. to your foods so your kids don't know. I would definitely pass on the name of this book to others.
Published 12 months ago by Kim Kwasnycia
4.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
This is a good book that I am sure I'll get some more use out of it once my toddler gets a little older, but at this point he is stuck on finger foods and isn't really using... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tiffany Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
All the recipes are very good and easy to do. I have a good blender, so it's fast to do purees and my kids never see theres vegetables inside.
Published 23 months ago by Anick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you have alot of time
I found this book to be very helpful with idea's on how to sneak healthy fruits and vegetables in every day items. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2012 by RMama
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively Delicious is no Deception~
Wow! What a brilliant book ... she's not lying! These recipes really are deceptively delicious. I love her instructions on prepping the purees at the beginning of the book and i... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2012 by J. R. Mclarty
1.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional Families Aprove!!
Ideal for the type of Helicopter parent who thinks cookbooks for 'complicated, busy lives' she has manufactured is an unqualified good as she has over scheduled those lives herself... Read more
Published on July 8 2011 by Johnny Crass
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