I love cookbooks. I own some of my grandmother's cookbooks and some of my Mom's, and one autographed by Chef Paul Prudhomme after we ate at his restaurant in New Orleans. I have an "I Love Lucy" cookbook and "Mayberry's Aunt Bea Cookbook." I make a few things over and over again, and I rarely venture beyond my culinary comfort zone. Truth be told, I often don't cook. I like to bake cakes and cookies. But I don't really cook. I just open a box and bake, boil, or microwave the contents. Hubby and son aren't too demanding, but I do know they love it when I actually make dinner from from more than one box or bag.
Today I came upon this fabulous cookbook and was taken in by the awesome retro cover and the clever title: Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your KIds Eating Good Food. Upon closer inspection, I saw the author bore the same name as my favorite comedian (next to Lucille Ball). Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry, has a cookbook. She even has a website devoted to the cookbook: deceptivelydelicious.com with lots of "mom" advice and recipes from real folks like you and me! Now back to the book...I opened it and was blown away by the look of the book and, as I scanned over the recipes, the contents drew me in. This was the book for me!
The recipes, presented in a colorful format with a picture for each dish, are perfect for a family. There are no freaky ingredients, and I just know that hubby and son will devour what I chose to make from it. There is a lot of thigs to make ahead and puree, and I do have a food processor buried in my storage space somewhere... In the few minutes it took me to read over some of the recipes, I found a half-dozen things that I could make with ingredients already in my kitchen!However I am very aware from reading some of the scathing reviews of this book on Amazon, that a lot of folks don't think it's a good idea to hide good food in supposedly "bad' food just to get their kids to eat better. I wasn't really thinking about the kinds here, I was actually thinking that these recipes can also work for my hubby who by some miracle is skinny as a rail even thought he hates vegetables! He's about to turn 50 and I would like for him (and me!) to eat better. Our 13 year-old son will have to eat what we eat. I think many of these recipes will fill that bill for us. I also know that I will never tire of reading this fabulous book, because the graphics are so retro-stunning!
As you can see from the pictures, I've been shamelessly plugging Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming film: A Bee Movie. Now there is a certain irony that his lovely wife has produced a "good food" cookbook, but Jerry's movie is being promoted by McDonald's. And why do you ask do we have a Happy Meal box? I wanted a Bee toy! That's why! I can't wait until this movie comes out! Neither can hubby or son!
We also have a small container of Bee Movie honey. We eat honey on everything in our house, especially biscuits.
Here's to a "sweet" week! Until next time...buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! XXOO, Beth