Saturday, February 2, 2013

Title: Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise and Adventurous Eater
Author: Matthew Amster-Burton
Genre: non-fiction, cookbook

When my son was between 1 year and 2 years old, he ate anything we gave him. Growing up as a picky eater, I breathed a sigh of relief, thinking I had dodged the pciky-eater bullet. That changed when my son turned two; pickiness abounded. He's almost five: some days he's picky and some days he's ravenous. The newest food fad for him is to look at food without tasting it and declaring it "yucky." (Since we don't use the word "yucky" to describe food I'm guessing he picked up this phrase from his classmates.)

Enter Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton; this is not an advice book for parents of picky eaters but a memoir of his daughter's food journey for the first 4 years of her life. The end of each chapter contains kid-friendly recipes- not the usual kid-friendly recipes. Amster-Burton is a freelance food writer and also experienced food elation when his one year old daughter ate everything in sight. When Iris turned two she also turned picky. At first Amster-Burton was baffled but he has now learned how to roll with Iris' changing food likes and dislikes.

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