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Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and the Families Who Love Them Paperback – Apr 17 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; First Printing edition (April 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679314547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679314547
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 1.5 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Emma Waverman is part of a food dynasty that started in the culinary mecca of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a food and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Toronto Life and Food & Drink, among others. She feeds her two boys, baby girl and husband in Toronto.

Eshun Mott began cooking up her own rubbery omelettes at the age of eight. She trained as a chef and worked in upscale restaurants and at Toronto’s famed Cookbook Store before becoming a professional recipe developer, tester and food stylist. She is also the full-time mother of two young sons.

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Garlic-Roasted Carrots

Simple, quick and delicious, these were a big hit with our testers. You just have to get the kids to try these once and it will be a side dish for life. And if not, more for you.

1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 lb carrots, peeled and cut on an angle into 1-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add carrots and garlic; cover pot and turn down heat to ­medium-­low. Cook, shaking pot occasionally, for 15 minutes or until carrots are tender and both carrots and garlic are slightly caramelized. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings.

Meat Loaf

Maybe you think of meat loaf as an unhealthy meal from the ’50s. We think of it as an opportunity to hide nutritious food in a ­kid-­friendly ­hamburger-­type substance. There are oatmeal, carrots, parsnips and spinach in there, or you can choose to leave all the veggies out, or put one or two more in. If your kids are hamburger fans but the words meat loaf scare them, then you know what to do.

1 lb lean ground beef
1⁄2 lb ground pork
1 cup chopped onion
1⁄2 cup grated carrot or parsnip
1⁄2 cup chopped spinach
1⁄2 cup large-flake oatmeal (not instant)
3 tbsp milk
1⁄2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 egg
1⁄4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1⁄4 tsp hot pepper sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Combine beef, pork, onions, carrot or parsnip, spinach, oatmeal, milk, thyme and egg in a large bowl.

Mix together ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl. Reserve half the sauce. Pour the other half over the meat mixture and stir gently to combine ingredients. Season meat mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

Add brown sugar to reserved sauce. Pack meat into 5- x 9-inch loaf pan and smooth top.

Bake for 30 minutes then remove meat loaf from oven. Using a knife, make 3 slits in top. Pour remaining sauce over top so that it runs into slits.

Bake for another 30 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for an additional 5 minutes. Pour off any fat, then carefully remove meat loaf from pan and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Desperate Mom on Feb. 7 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a mom of a very picky 5 year old and was looking for some tips. In theory, the book makes sense; however,pratially, this would not work for my son. Serving the same meal to the entire family with one dish that ths child likes, would just mean that my son would only eat the roll...or whatever it is. Also, although there are very good recipes in this book (mind you, none of the meals would work for him), I was dissapointed that 70% of the book is recipes. I wanted more advice. It also would be nice if they provided nutrition for the recipes or at least key nutirents that each recipe provides. When you have a picky eater, I need to know what my child IS getting.

On the plus side, the book is an easy read with good little mom tips on the sides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AC on May 12 2011
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The author of this book could not care less about her children, so why should you care what she has to say about feeding yours. In her own words:

"My daughter has not turned in one piece of homework this year. Not one. And I am fully supporting her delinquency. She is five. And I guess that means that she is heading for failure."

Not only this but the recipes within this book are simply terrible. If you want a book that will give you suggestions on how to help your kids eat healthier and enjoy it, look elsewhere. Your children will not want to eat this food.
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I've used this cookbook so many times that the pages are smeared with fingerprints and the pages of my favourite recipes are dog-eared. That - in my mind- is the image of a good cookbook. The tips are great - eg. how to quickly soften butter (put a stick in your back pocket), how to turn milk into buttermilk, encouraging your children to help with the prep work - and I have recommended this book to many people.

I read Emma's blog - [...] which is about the trials and tribulations of being a mother - and I find her postings funny and refreshing.

Highly recommend this book.
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As a grandma I need all the help and advice I can get for two picky grandchildren and this book delivers! Lots of humorous stories in each chapter along with plenty of hints, suggestions and delicious recipes to use. I'll be pulling this book out to use the next time the kids come for a weekend visit. Would recommend to any parent who needs reassurance and guidance when it comes to feeding young preschool children.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Fisher on June 13 2007
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This is a great book to read - not just a cookbook. There are lots of funny stories and anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of parenting and feeding young kids. The advice is practical, and the recipes are great - and easy!
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