Book review: 25 Foods Kids Hate

25 Foods Kids Hate

Disclosure: I received a copy of 25 Foods Kids Hate to review and keep. This post also includes an affiliate link.

Time to tackle a thorny issue for many a parent here. Kids can be notoriously fussy eaters. To make matters worse, it’s often the good stuff that they refuse to eat.

I’ve lost track of the number of times that Kate and I have lovingly prepared something that looks and smells great only for Dylan to turn his nose up at it and start bawling until we give in and resort to opening an ’emergency’ jar of baby food.

It’s a demoralising feeling that I’m sure plenty of you have experienced. Thank goodness then for this newly-published title by Fiona Faulkner aka the ‘Toddler Chef’.

The particular strength of the book as far as I’m concerned is the tone in which it’s written. While it’s undoubtedly authoritative, it is also friendly and down to earth.

Better still for those of us who aren’t confident in the kitchen, Fiona doesn’t hail from a professional culinary background.

She is a parent who has been through the trials and tribulations of dinner time like the rest of us.

Having won the battle to get her children eating and enjoying healthy food, she has now shared her tried-and-trusted techniques in 25 Foods Kids Hate …and how to get them eating 24, to give the book its full title.

As you would expect, the usual suspects including broccoli, meat and carrots are among the 25-strong menu of children’s nightmares. But help is at hand with Fiona’s raft of nifty tips and tricks.

Essentially, it’s all about making food fun and ‘marketing’ it to your little ones. The dishes that she suggests will be enjoyed by all the family and each recipe includes tweaks that can be made to parents’ portions.

There is also a set of 25 rules that should be followed before offering the incentive of chocolate. These include top tips such as being realistic in your approach to portion sizes and harnessing the power of peer pressure.

25 Foods Kids Hate now has pride of place on our kitchen worktop. I heartily recommend it to parents everywhere.

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