Tuesday, October 30, 2007

but, i really don't cook

when i heard about the deceptively delicious cookbook that the parent bloggers were reviewing, i got excited! and really, i don't know why i got excited. i mean, i hate to cook. like, i really, really hate to cook. but i think the idea of the cookbook is what made me excited. the whole premise was about getting your family to eat healthy, in ways of trickery. i liked it! it sounded fun!

so when the cookbook arrived, i thought it was super cute. i loved the colors and the design and i think it looked really fun.


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when i opened the book however, and learned how we were going to trick our families into eating healthy, i got worried. i hadn't realized that we were going to have to puree (see, i can't even spell it right) a bunch of stuff to put them into recipes. my first reaction was that i didn't have time for this kind of thing. i work all day long, and i get home sometimes around 7pm. i don't have time to freaking puree shit to sneak it into food. hell, i don't have time to follow a recipe for dinner. i know it sounds bad, but it's true. i looked through the cookbook and while the food looked great (but sometimes the recipe sounded somewhat scary)- i truly wasn't motivated enough to try it. i asked boyfriend if he would try a recipe so i could blog about it. he said he would, but when it came down to it- we didn't have time. or maybe it's just that we didn't make the time. or maybe i forgot to remind him after the first time i asked.

the bottom line is, we didn't try a single recipe. i do like the way the book is set up with all the explanations and examples in the beginning. it's really colorful and fun. she has cute quotes throughout the book that are laugh out loud at times. it's lighthearted and i appreciate that. but in all honesty, i'm still unsure of my desire to make anything from it. the pictures look good, but the thought is scary. and i'm wimpy when it comes to food (unless it's dessert) and sometimes lazy. i really want to give this book to someone who would use it, but i'd never get around to mailing it. lol

14 comments:

Stephanie A. said...

I just read about this book somewhere else this morning. Can I ask you something about it- does it make already healthy foods healthier or does it make unhealthy foods healthy? This is really the question I need answered before I go into any more committment with the book.

RWA said...

Well...at least that pretty cookbook will look good sitting on the counter or a shelf in your kitchen, huh?

jennster said...

steph.. i think it does both. like, for scrambled eggs, you would add a cauliflower puree... and actually, the books website has sample pictures- the pictures tell you what puree is put into it. so i mean, there is a brownie recipe that you "sneak" some carrot and spinach into. there is a pancake recipe with sweet potato.
so yes, the debate that sneaking healthy products into otherwise non healthy foods doesn't teach your children to be healthy- is somewhat accurate. UNLESS you tell your kids that you're making their treats healthy for them. i mean, what if your kids won't eat vegetables at all? wouldn't you rather "sneak" some goodness into their dinner, than not have them eat any at all?
for me, i just don't have the time or energy or the want to make the puree and put them into foods. cause i'm LAZY and a bad mom. LOL

jennster said...

rwa- seriously. it is super cute and eye catching. lol

jennster said...

also steph.. i would gladly email you a sample recipe so you can see! :)

norcalgirl28 said...

I saw her on Oprah one day. Yes, I do watch Oprah sometimes on Fridays. Anyway, she is adorable. She had her friend take some of the cookies to an elementary school and the kids truly had no idea they were eating zucchini and carrots. She also said that it makes the foods very low in fat. So to answer Stephanie's question, she did have chicken nuggets (which may be unhealthy otherwise) and they were low in fat in the cookbook. I was going to check the book out from the library and try a few things before I bought it. Mrs. Seinfeld, now I forgot her name, said that she and Jerry put the kids to bed on Sunday night and go in the kitchen and talk while she purees an entire weeks worth of stuff. She said it takes about an hour and then she just starts dumping a ziploc bag a day into her recipes all week. She said it is a nice time for them to catch up and talk. I was wondering how you can talk with the food processor going, but what do I know.

norcalgirl28 said...

Jenn, she actually covers the vegetable thing too. She said that she still puts some veggies on her kids plates every night because she doesn't want them to think that she has given up on them eating veggies. She doesn't tell them that she puts the veggies in their food. She just doesn't push the veggies on their plates as much now because she knows that they really are eating veggies in another part of their meal.

Phoenix said...

That was the best fucking review I've ever read.

I am so like you. In theory it sounds great, but I'm more of an Easy Mac kind of cooker. Plus, I'd rather teach my imaginary kids to eat healthy over time instead of just hiding it all.

jennster said...

nor- so what is the point of not making them eat their vegetables? LOL
i love that you can puree all week long.. but still. and we DO have a food processor that looks super fun- but i am LOL at the talking while the food is processing.
ps- you can borrow my book!

mothergoosemouse said...

Jennster, how much do I love you?

That review was great. Thanks for giving it the ol' college try even though the book was not what you expected. And I'm all in favor of decorating the kitchen counters with rarely used items - why do you think I have a pink Kitchen Aid mixer??? ;)

jennster said...

mamagoose- phew! thanks for still loving me even though i totally BLEW it and didn't try a thing!

Andie said...

I'm so glad you're honest about it. fortunately, my kid (the dog) loves any and all vegetables!

Good job on at least trying, though.

norcalgirl28 said...

As I remember from her interview she said she didn't want the kids to think she had just given up and didn't care if they ate their vegetables. She always puts them on their plate and asks them to eat them, it just isnt' the battle it used to be in their house because she secretly knows that they are getting their veggies somewhere else. Plus, I was going to try it because I thought how pathetic am I that Jerry Seinfeld, his wife and their THREE kids have time to do this and I think I don't have time to do it with one kid and a husband who isn't Jerry Seinfeld?

Linlee said...

My boss has been bringing in crap all week with puree junk in it...She put up a little note that said guess the secret ingredient. Honestly, the stuff she brought was all pretty good. But who has time!!!!