Deceptively Delicious Cookbook Review

The Book

I was so excited to receive my Amazon order in the mail. I had purchased some cookbooks to help me learn how to cook for kids and how to hide veggies in recipes. One of those books was "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld.

Jessica's book was a huge success after receiving a priceless plug by the queen of television herself, Oprah Winfrey and I was hugely excited to get my hands on a copy.

The Recipes

I have already tried a number of the recipes and I have got to say that they are pretty good.  The best so far are the cheese sticks (made with cauliflower puree) and the chicken fingers (made with brocolli puree).  I also tried the rice balls (squash or sweet potato puree) and though its not bad, it needs to be tweaked a little in my opinion.

But the best part of the book is learning how to hide vegetables in the foods that children love.  Making all the purees ahead of time is so handy and it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that my family is going to be eating healthy everytime we eat.

Must-Have Tools for Purees

The Purees!

Making the purees is incredibly simple, and actually, I enjoyed doing it. I could see myself making purees once a month with a group of friends, drinking wine and visiting.

Of course, having the recipes is a wonderful tool, but I've come to realize that I don't even need them. All I have to do is incorporate my frozen purees into our everyday meals and voila! I have already hidden cauliflower in a Sidekicks Three Cheese noodle dish with no one the wiser and a whole cup of pureed squash in a lunch of good old Kraft Dinner. I personally think my kids gobbled more and faster with the added veggies than without.

So now I don't feel guilty about those quick meals because I have a quick-fix for it. Purees!


 As an avid dessert person, I was especially pleased to see how many recipes there were for the sweet-tooth.  And though its hard to believe that you can hide chick peas in chocolate chip cookies, or beet puree in brownies, I now know its possible and that its actually quite good. 

How This Will Change My Life!

 I have never been a great homemaker.  I have tried to be in the past, but cooking just isn't my thing and I relied heavily on quick meals.  Though I enforced a strict rule of veggie and fruit intake each day, I knew that if I didn't start making meals that were healthy, my children would eventually pay for it.  Now that I have this book, I know that I don't have to be Martha Stewart to make nutritious meals each day and that makes me feel great.  And because I am starting a lunch-time daycare in the Fall, this book will be invaluable not only to my children, but to my clients children as well. 

To sum up, I recommend this book to families who need a way to get healthy.  The secret to eating well is simple and I think it will be vital to our family's continued health.

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I read about this with the court case etc - thanks for the review a great help.

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