So again, you ask, why so late on the review? Well, peeps, it's all well and good to read a book when it comes out, but we are of the firm belief that when it comes to a cookbook one must actually try a few recipes before you can give it a fair assessment. If you ever saw the size of the
closet kitchen we cook in, you'd understand why it took so long.
That said, the good news for you peeps is you know we're not feeding you any bullshit when we say we've actually used her recipes a lot. You'll know we mean it when we say that mini, lover of all foods white, brown and bland, child who thinks fresh fruit is the stuff horror movies are made of, actually likes the spinach-chocolate muffins in this book.
Now we know the trend is all "hide it and they'll never know," but we went ahead and involved mini in the cooking process. The hiding thing may be all well and good for some peeps, but mini is too smart to be outsmarted like that. Not when it comes to food, anyway. If she ever found a muffin tainted with a peach or an apple (the horror!) she'd stop eating muffins of any kind, altogether. And mark our words, peeps. She would know. No matter how hard you tried to hide it, she would know.
But of course, if you read Emily's book and her endearing stories about trying to cook something all three of her children will eat, in the two minutes she has free between pickup and pulling out her hair, you'll know that if she can do this, you can do this. And if her child will eat it, yours might too.
So instead of hiding things we sold mini on the idea of how fun it is that you're eating fruit, it's healthy for you, and you can't taste it at all! This actually worked for a while, especially because it's really fun for kids to press that giant black button on the food processor and make that whizzing sound. And once we calmed her down after the panic attack she had upon seeing the neon green substance in the food processor that is all the wet ingredients, she stopped hyperventilating long enough to realize that it all turns to brown once you mix it with chocolate. Ahhh, chocolate.
What was next? Well we would never in our lives have considered making tortillas from scratch, but after a trip to whole foods where even the tortillas are processed on equipment that handles eggs and seeds, it was time. So we broke out the flour, braced ourselves for the mess, and followed Emily's easy tortilla recipe.
|These tasted delicious|
While we were at it, we figured we might as well follow her method for cooking garlic, her spinach recipe, and her black bean recipe (forgive us, we used cans!) Amazingly, despite smelling the cumin and curry that went into the beans and declaring them "disgusting!!!" to her mother and her friend, both mini and her friend gobbled it up. Even with the visible chunks of onion and garlic.
So tomorrow, instead of a bland soy nut butter sandwich on whole wheat she doesn't like or eat anyway, mini will be bringing a bean burrito with homemade tortillas to school for lunch. And a spinach muffin for her after-school snack.
Seriously, if you have kids, and you care about what they eat, you should get this book. The recipes are totally doable for those of us who cook in the real world, and even if you only cook once in a while, you'll be glad to have this one in your arsenal.