Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of *Get Your Kids to Eat Anything for the purpose of this review however, as always, all thoughts and words are my own.
My kids are like chalk and cheese when it comes to food. I mentioned a few weeks ago, while I was doing the food savvy challenge, that out of the two of them my daughter is the fusspot when it comes to food. My son will always try new foods – we have always said to them ‘try it, and if you don’t like it then that is fine’ – and more often than not he says he likes it or would be willing to try it again.
My daughter though… she would never try new foods out. If it wasn’t a big chunk of meat, or if it wasn’t beige in colour then the chances were high that she would not eat it. It is only in the last year that we have been able to persuade her to eat a tomato, or even nibble on broccoli. To say that there have been meal times where I have wanted to pull my hair out would be an understatement.
So, when Emily Leary reached out a few weeks ago to see if I would like to review her new book – *Get Your Kids To Eat Anything – I immediately said: “yes, please!”
Emily, as I’m sure many of you will know, runs her own award-winning food and lifestyle blog – A Mummy Too – which is jam-packed with wonderful and easy to follow recipes for every occasion and so much more too. Over the past 8 years, she has been sharing her passion for family food on her blog, and now she is sharing her method on how to get your kids to eat anything in her new book which is published today.
The book is designed for you to work through in five stages – from the first stage of introducing unfamiliar flavours into everyday favourites through to the final stage of making variety in food a consistent habit. In each stage, Emily provides you with a wealth of easy to follow tips and advice to help you introduce new foods to your children, in a way that will appeal to them.
One of my favourite things about Get Your Kids to Eat Anything is how Emily wants you, the reader, to really get involved. It’s not a book that is part textbook/part recipe book – each phase of the book has a selection of tasks for you to do, to help you get a better understanding of food and it’s tastes, textures, and appearance. It’s a book that wants you to use it, to write notes and to fill it in.
But what of the recipes? Of course, this is where Emily truly excels. Each phase has a selection of recipes which are suited to that section. In phase one, where we are introducing new flavours and textures gradually, there is a lovely recipe for Puy Lentil Shepherds Pie, which I know for sure will become a family favourite.
There are so many recipes I’m looking forward to trying with the kids (once we make it past phase one) such as chickpea burritos, oven fajitas with cauliflower “tortillas”, and the chunky stacked onion and fennel burger. Even my fusspot daughter has looked through the recipes and told me which ones she is looking forward to trying.
I’m so pleased that I have been given the opportunity to review *Get Your Kids to Eat Anything – if you had asked me a few months ago what a typical mealtime was like in our house I would have said: “stressful”. But now, even after just a short time of using this book and following Emily’s helpful advice, mealtimes are getting easier, less frustrating, and food (of the non-beige variety) is actually being eaten… and enjoyed by all! And that is nothing short of a miracle.