So naturally, I didn't have great expectations when I started it. I was pleasantly surprised--I've been doing a lot of reading lately about food and feeding and the ethics and economics of food, and frankly it can all get very overwhelming. I liked Betsy Block's approach, though. She walks you through every step of her family's food makeover, from meat to whole grains to that Waterloo of most families with you This was one of those books that, when I got it home, I wasn't sure why I'd bought it.
She walks you through every step of her family's food makeover, from meat to whole grains to that Waterloo of most families with young children--snacks.
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She and her husband do a lot of reading and hands-on research about each topic and she shares their conclusions and solutions and compromises with the reader. The options she chooses aren't too extreme, though it is true that these choices are going to be way out of the time and money budget of many families. Even if you can afford the CSA share, the staples from Whole Foods, and the farm-raised meats, it's an unusual family that has time to actually cook all these things every day.
And she acknowledges that--her job as a food writer means that she has flexibility, and her background means she's a good and efficient cook.
She gives more than lip service to the idea that things won't really change in this country on a wide scale until the food industry or the regulatory agencies step up and try to fix the broken system. In short, a good read. Jul 23, Erika rated it really liked it. I found this book at the dollar store for guess how much?
But I really liked it! I read it in like literally, a day. It was a day where I spent 5 hours laying out, working on my tan. So I had some free time for reading. It could be read much more slowly and thoughtfully and still be thoroughly enjoyable. It was fun to read, but also really educational. I feel healthier just having read it Aug 29, Heidi Klinowski rated it liked it. With 3 very young grandchildren I find myself looking at foods the way I did with my own children back in the s: What are these ingredients?
How can I make it healthier for them? How can I get them to eat more veggies? Many of the suggestions in this book were things I'd already done but there's always room for new ideas. Mar 09, Kirsti rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction , cake-eaters , food. I thought this book was worth only three stars more autobiography and fewer recipes than I'd hoped for--I should have paid more attention to the title.
But I'm giving it an extra star because it inspired me to eat kale. More than once. Feb 23, Holly rated it it was amazing.
What is the number one rule every good hostess must remember? Close X. The documentation of these evenings took on a life of its own. Sign me up! The birthday cakes I made are pictured below! The documentation of these evenings took on a life of its own.
Really great book Informative, packed with ideas, yet reads like an entertaining memoir by a mom who spent a full school year trying to makeover her family's diet. Truly enjoyed it! Aug 14, Nicole Perkins rated it liked it. I am a mom to picky children, so I really do understand where Betsy Block is coming from in her concern for how her children are eating or not and their health and development. I get it, I really do, but she really needs to lighten up.
Her children sound so finicky that if I were in her shoes I'd just be glad that they're eating something.
When my two older children were younger 8 to ish; they're in their 20's now I decided that if they didn't like what I made for dinner they could microw I am a mom to picky children, so I really do understand where Betsy Block is coming from in her concern for how her children are eating or not and their health and development. When my two older children were younger 8 to ish; they're in their 20's now I decided that if they didn't like what I made for dinner they could microwave themselves a baked potato or a scrambled egg. They each probably lived off eggs and potatoes for a good two years and I wasn't cooking anything completely weird, and yes, I am a good cook, so the food was edible.
My youngest child is 9, and we are back to the "What is that I don't like it even though I don't know what it is" stage. I didn't miss this.
oralojsonro.cf Last night my husband, the older son, and I had pasta with lemon sauce for dinner. Little boy had eggs. At least he's eating. Eventually he'll grow out of this; the older two did. Jan 18, Janie rated it did not like it Shelves: food , memoir , non-fiction. Review A Near the beginning of this book, Block contacts a nutritionist for professional guidance in evaluating what to change about the way her family eats.
After 'five minutes of awkward conversation' the nutritionist says that she doesn't want to work with Block basically because organic food is elitist, and it doesn't make a nutritional difference — and focusing on it is not just a nutritional waste but an affront. Block remarks to the reader that, upon reflection, this nutritionist was with Review A Near the beginning of this book, Block contacts a nutritionist for professional guidance in evaluating what to change about the way her family eats.
Block remarks to the reader that, upon reflection, this nutritionist was with an organization funded by the FDA, and she should have expected no better. Though Block suggests this nutritionist might not be such a sycophantic crank if she weren't eating 'too much sewage sludge', a fair-enough reminder of some egregious conventional farming practices but rhetorically unnecessary ad hominem.
I can't point too many fingers here: I too should do a little more research before delving in to work supported by foodstuff charlatans: It was only after I became disgusted by this book, throwing it down on the couch where it landed on its front cover, exposing the back cover reviews, that I noticed who endorsed it. Representatives from huge-scale foodstuff companies. Certified Organic foodstuffs, sure, but still, complete with megacorporate interests, lobbying power, and nutrition-policy arm-bending.
I don't need to snark about what kind of sludge Block might be getting too much of, because she tells you herself. Review II If you eat 10 pounds of organic, fat-free candy, you will feel sick. If you read 10 chapters of this book, you will likewise feel sick. And Now, Alas, Some Sludge The most maddening part of the whole book and it was hard for me to pick are the little quick-reference insets. I'm not sure they were her idea This is a person who can't control anything about the food her family eats, least of all her associated rage; a person to lies to her sugar-addicted children about what she eats; a person dangerously armed with damaging misinformation; offering pat, cutesy-font advice and glib warnings.
Apr 19, Maryrose rated it really liked it. I really related to this book. Many of us start the food wars with our children while they are still in utero.
We try to get every gram of nutrients reccomended by What to Expect When You Are Expecting, even though we really want the most awesome preggo dinner ever, which is a bucket of ribs, topped of by using nutter butters as a spoon for chocolate frosting from the can. Then the baby arrives and we feel guilty if we don't breastfeed, and defensive if we do, especially if your baby does not wa I really related to this book.
Then the baby arrives and we feel guilty if we don't breastfeed, and defensive if we do, especially if your baby does not want to eat on the magical schedule of every 3 hours.
I especially had this problem with my daughter who was and still is a grazer. We really dream about being able to be the smug mommy on the playground, who can give her child broccoli on the playground while the other children are having oreo's and just be able to smile that smug mommy smile and talk about how you are so lucky that little Jimmy prefers fresh veggies and organic, free range salmon to anything sweet.
We read articles in parenting magazines about the wonderful children who eat anything. Passion Fruit Smoothies! Then you actually have the small children. Small children who only want pasta and chicken nuggets. Children who point to a box of Trix and try to argue that its healthy because its Fruit Flavored and you find yourself telling your daughter no actual fruits were harmed in the making of Trix. You buy fresh produce with every intention to lovingly prepare it, but you either forget that its in there or you get so discouraged from the constant negotiations about the amount of produce that actually has to be eaten, that you sigh and reach for the box of Mac-n-cheese.
Betsey Block has also felt our pain. And she took the time to write a book about it. With good humor she takes us through a year of trying to get everyone to eat healthfully. From experiments with whole grain baking, to eating organic to really getting to know her meat, she takes you through the journey, never taking herself too seriously and giving you some good ideas about how to do a family food makeover yourself. I would really love a follow up book to see if she and her family have kept up the healthy eating, or have moved back to their previous habits.
May 15, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: food.
Betsy Block, mother of two, and wife of a picky eater, is just trying to do what most of us are trying to do — put a decent, healthy meal in front of her family three times a day. Then, add in the ethical concerns: Was this food obtain Betsy Block, mother of two, and wife of a picky eater, is just trying to do what most of us are trying to do — put a decent, healthy meal in front of her family three times a day. Then, add in the ethical concerns: Was this food obtained from a sustainable source? What about Fair Trade, providing a living wage for the farmers that produce this food?
Once these questions and problems have been probed and considered from every angle, the author sits down with her husband to a meal of tilapia, local and organic greens, whole wheat pasta, spelt, and local ale.