Sneaking Good Stuff into Your Kids’ Dinners and Your Cook Books?

Is it just me or is there something strangely poetic about an author (in this case Jessica Seinfeld) who writes about sneaking healthy veg and other stuff into the meals of her little picky eater being accused of, well, sneaking the good bits of someone else’s book into her own?

The New York Times has the tale of alleged subterfuge behind the best-selling Deceptively Delicious and its similarity to another picky eating book The Sneaky Chef. Seinfeld, wife of Jerry Seinfeld, denies any plagiarism. "I don’t need to copy someone’s idea. I’ve got enough going on in my life,” she says.


Who knows the truth behind all of this but frankly I don’t care that much. If you ask me the real sin is anyone suggesting sneaking "spinach in brownies [and] avocado in chocolate pudding". Talk about giving your kids preconceived ideas of what tastes good and what tastes bad but is good for you.

Hasn’t anyone heard of garlic or cilantro to make these green things taste good? Or what about hiding spinach in meatloaf rather than chocolate brownies!!

I’ve kicked off a forum over on our new social network  – – if you want to share your thoughts on clandestine cuisine as I like to call it. Or leave us a comment in the good old-fashioned bloggy way.

- Matthew

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4 Responses to Sneaking Good Stuff into Your Kids’ Dinners and Your Cook Books?

  1. Rachel says:

    I agree. Although I have two picky eaters, they’ll eat spinach when they choose to or not at all. I have better things to do with my time than cook and puree vegetables and them add them to food that was doing just fine in its original incarnation.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. Really.

  3. L-A says:

    I sneak. I also try to get the food eaten on its own. The simple fact is when she’s grumpy she’s not interested in gustatory exploration – garlic and cilantro included. I guess I don’t see the problem with stacking the odds in my favor. Unless you’re a saint, you know you trick them into doing 50 million other things on a given day. Why should dinner time be any different?

  4. Katie says:

    I completely agree — the point is to teach your children that “healthy” isn’t a bad word! What happens when they are adults and they don’t have someone hiding the healthy stuff?
    I work for a magazine that tested a few of Seinfeld’s recipes, and her spinach-carrot brownies were disastrous. My assumption is that she’s trying to teach her kids that they actually don’t like brownies, because he kids will think they’re supposed to taste like kitchen sponge. Now that’s tricky.

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