Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious is more than a cook book geared for a child's palette. This book is chock full of dietary and nutrition information to help parents make the best choices. Beginning with a foreword by Dr. Roxanna Mehran and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the book includes nutrition advice from guru Joy Bauer. The recipes were tested on Seinfeld's children, affectionately referred to as, "The Kitchen Cabinet."

The early chapters explain how the program works, with advice on how to equip your kitchen, stock your pantry, and prepare the purees. Deceptively Delicious includes instructions on how to prepare purees from eleven vegetables and six fruits. Calorie counts and an explanation of the nutritional value of each fruit and vegetable is thoughtfully explained.

Once you are ready to cook, there are 186 recipes, over forty of the recipes are in the chapter titled, "Mealtime." The balance of the recipes are equally dispersed between breakfast and dessert. The author gives you a choice between purees to use in most of the recipes. For example, in the recipe for Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins, the recipe calls for either carrot or cauliflower and banana puree. Seinfeld claims that the purees blend into the recipes so that the flavor is "as invisible as possible."

Deceptively Delicious is a brilliant book to incorporate nutrition into almost any of your child's favorite dishes. Reminder List rates Deceptively Delicious as unforgettable, earning it three out of three stars. Visit Bons Vivants the week of May 9, 2010 to read a review on how the recipes taste.



  1. Awesome review! I have this cookbook but haven't made any of the recipes yet.

  2. Thanks, Carrie! I'm going to attempt a recipe or two this week.

  3. The IDEA of the book is nice, but I prefer to keep giving my daughter the real foods and have her keep trying. I don't want to raise a picky eater - I don't FORCE her to eat anything beyond a "bite" or "taste" and I try and try again.

    As a result I have a kid who scarfs broccoli & most veggies (her first snowpeas this weekend!), salmon, cod, crap, any kind of ravioli - including VEAL, sundried tomatoes and EVERY stinky cheese out there. The stinkier the better!

    I understand how people who have not tried to feed the way we did need to resort to these recipes - AND I know they are delicious! (I have tried the muffin trick because I think it makes them moister!) But I just couldn't live that way every day.

    I do have a cousin who could use it though! Ugh! All her kid will eat is McDonalds...totally yuck!

  4. Mommy Lisa:

    You raise a very valid point -- using deception doesn't teach healthy eating habits. But, this could be a good tool for getting kids to eat healthier.


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