This little book has revolutionized the way we eat in our home. I am so thankful that I found it.
First of all, lots of reviewers are very passionate about the whole philsophy of how we feed children. There are many who feel strongly that "hiding" vegetables isn't a good idea and that children should eat vegetables "as they are." I respect that opinion-- but that is NOT a fair review of this book. That is a separate philosophical issue that you should resolve in your own home and for your own family.
Deceptively Delicious states openly, on the front cover in fact, that its purpose is to get children to eat good food. That's it. So, to review this book, I think its fair to focus on how well it meets its stated goal. In other words, I'm going to review the specific recipies and the strategies:
I have made every single recipe in this book. They are mostly "YUMMY!" with a couple that are just okay. The standouts, by far, are: spagetti with meatballs, chicken nuggets, soup, macaroni and cheese, chocolate pudding, burgers, and grilled cheese.
I am a mother who works full time, and I am an average cook. No special kitchen skills. I make my purees on Sunday nights after the little one is asleep, while I chat in the kitchen. It does take an investment of time and a willingness to grocery shop and prepare food. However, the stragies have truly revolutionized the way I think about food and children. I still offer "traditional" vegetables in "pure" form, but I also have changed my thinking about what goes into my child's body and how to best nourish him. Every dish, no matter how simple, contains wholesome ingredients and that makes me feel good.
Bottom-line: there are lots of reviewers who may judge these "deceptive" strategies, but I'm willing to bet my kiddo has eaten more broccoli, cauliflower and carrots this week than most kids eat in a month!