Author: Catherine McCord
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Source: borrowed from the good ol' public library
Summary from Goodreads:
Every parent knows how difficult it is to get to get kids eating happily and healthily. Catherine McCord has the answer: Weelicious. Creator of the wildly popular blog Weelicious.com, Catherine, who honed her cooking skills at Manhattan's Institute of Culinary Education, strongly believes in the "one family/one meal" idea--preparing a single, scrumptious meal the entire family can sit down and enjoy together rather than having to act as "short order cook" for kids who each want something different. In Weelicious, she offers dozens of recipes and tips for creating quick, easy, healthy, and fun food that moms, dads, and young children of any age will absolutely adore--from the most persnickety infants to the pickiest grade-schoolers.
When I started this blog, I never thought I would review a cookbook. Mostly because I don't read cookbooks--I may look through them for a good recipe now and then, but I don't read the intros or pour through all the recipes or anything like that. Also, let's remember that I am, for the most part, utterly hopeless in the kitchen.
However, after continuous battles with Small Fry (aka World's Pickiest Eater), someone mentioned Weelicious to me and I decided to read it, back to front. Because I'm willing to try anything at this point. I had never been to weelicious.com, but I knew about it and had heard a few raves. Catherine McCord is supposed to be the guru of curing Picky Toddler syndrome, and I hoped she could help me out.
|Small Fry cheerfully dismantles the Huevos Rancheros I made for him. Mother is not pleased.|
McCord does NOT advocate the philosophy that a lot of other parents have suggested to me: hiding vegetables in other food (like making brownies but mixing carrots/broccoli/whatever in the batter). She says that this is deceitful and that we should treat our kids with more honesty than this method suggests. Okay, I get that too, and I'll admit I've tried this a few times (rarely with favorable results anyway). I also like her reminder that just because YOU don't like a food, doesn't mean your kid won't--so add variety to their diet by letting them try everything.
Also (I know, I'm recapping everything for you here, but there is so much to share!), McCord has a section debunking the "my kid only eats chicken nuggets!"-type myths. Your kid only eats those things if you make them available. I will admit I have totally fallen into this trap before, with things like mac n cheese and fish sticks. The book reminded me that Small Fry WILL eat other things, as long as I don't resort to these easy options every time he gets persnickety.
Before the recipes, McCord has a large section that talks about the importance of buying organic as much as possible, something that I understand and believe in, but I continue to maintain (despite McCord's claims otherwise) that it is near-impossible to feed a family affordably if you buy all organic. However, I like the spirit of her message and I do think it's good to keep it in mind as much as feasibly possible.
So what about the recipes?
Well, I made a point of trying quite a few of them during my 4-week loan of the book from the library. Some went over GREAT with Small Fry--others, not so much. He was a particular fan of the Stuffed French Toast, as well as the pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pesto (which is REALLY FREAKING DELICIOUS and easy to make). Hubs and I loved the Shrimp Tacos, but Small Fry was not a fan (picked out all the shrimp...sigh).
|Stuffed French Toast = NOMS|
Overall: Weelicious did not completely cure Small Fry's finicky food preferences. He still picks everything green off his plate with brain-surgeon-like precision. And I don't necessarily think that all of McCord's suggestions for rehabbing your kid's eating habits are as easy as she makes them sound. However, this did give me some great suggestions for how to include him in the kitchen, and add more variety to his diet. I've been really good about not running to the mac n cheese every time he throws a fit, and that alone is a win for me. I'd say that if you have a picky eater in your household, Weelicious is worth a perusal--you might find a few new, healthy go-to meals for your kiddos!
Other reviews of Weelicious:
Reading For Sanity
Fed Up With Lunch
Do you have any favorite cookbooks? Or really smart ways to get my son to eat green things?