Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, by Jessica Seinfield (HarperCollins), lives up to its name by providing nutritious recipes that are yummy to the tummy. In this user-friendly cookbook, you will find traditional favorites like chicken nuggets, tacos, spaghetti, pancakes, and chocolate cake - all with a unique twist: pureed veggies. But before you wrinkle your nose at the thought of taking a swig of cauliflower juice, take comfort in knowing you can’t actually taste the veggies. See where the deception comes in? And the different purees add a little extra (unidentified) zip to the recipes making them delicious.
The first recipe I used out of this book was the Italian Meatloaf using a carrot puree and my family loved it! And they still don’t know how good it was for them. Other crowd pleasers were the Quesadillas with the butternut squash puree and the Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes with spinach, yellow squash, and blueberry purees. And not all of the secret ingredients are pureed. For example, the Marshmallow Crispy Treats has brown rice cereal as the main attraction.
Something else I really liked about this book was all of the great pictures. While many of us like to think of ourselves as creative, most cooks are not prophetic and it helps to know what the end result should look like. Other features are numerous mealtime tips, personal anecdotes, and helpful guidelines. There is even a section on the ABCs of Eating Well. My only complaint is that there are not more recipes in the book! Perhaps the author will surprise us with a sequel.
Some of this may sound eerily similar to the Sneaky Chef cookbook; however, readers should note the only real comparisons I found between the two were how the authors camouflaged their “secret ingredients.” Most of the recipes in each cookbook are different. Plus the ones in Deceptively Delicious typically have more ingredients and require more preparation than the quick and easy ones in the Sneaky Chef, but they are worth the extra hassle down to the last bite. I’m happy to have both books in my cookbook library collection and find they each stand alone in their uniqueness.
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