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One Bite Won't Kill You: More Than 200 Hundred Recipes to Tempt Even The Pickiest Kids on Earth: And theRest of the Family Too

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The toughest challenge many cooks face each day is feeding their own children. By her own admission, the writer and humorist Ann Hodgman's kids are the worst eaters in the world, and if she finds something one likes, the other inevitably hates it. Now, for all similarly beleaguered parents, Hodgman brings together more than two hundred recipes that everyone in the family c ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 7th 1999 by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Apr 02, 2011 Judith rated it really liked it
This is one of my "Reviews-on-the-Fly"....Be Warned:

I became aware of this book through some Childrens Catalogue (to remain nameless because I can't remember) where it was tucked in the last pages.

Now that i own my copy...I was looking at it, the other night...and figured it needed a review

Ann Hodgman is a wonderful comedienne "on the page"...and Roz Chast is...well..."i swoon" at her talent..

The book itself is full of recipes...some good..some bland. BUT...this book is geared toward parents wit
Jul 10, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
I don't suppose one "reads" as much as peruses a cookbook. But this one is HILARIOUS...the author must be a standup comic on the side. That it's also an eminently practical book is a bonus. The author had me laughing out loud several times. Here's a telling excerpt: "In the olden days, children used to have bread and milk for dinner. In my house, we sometimes have onion rings. That's right: WE SOMETIMES HAVE ONION RINGS FOR DINNER. (With vegetables, of course. I'm not trashy.) When I go to all t ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Dara rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I think this is the first time I have read a cookbook cover to cover. Reading this book is like having a wisecracking cool mom teach you how to cook. The recipes aren't gourmet, they would probably make a vegan pass out, but I personally love her whole laid back attitude. The book is a tiny bit dated (references to ordering from a catalog by phone, adorable)but the sentiment behind them is timeless. My favorite quote "having picky children isn't a problem, it's a privilege" I d ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This book is hysterically funny. "But it's a cookbook. . . " you say. Yes it is my friend, but a really, really entertaining cookbook. Even if you don't cook, this one is worth picking up.
Aug 27, 2015 Rebekah rated it really liked it
I bought this picky-eater cookbook because I like Ann Hodgman's reliable recipes and Peg Bracken-like humor from her other books; plus Roz Chast did the illustrations. There are of course multiple recipes I'd like to try, but I've only made one recipe from One Bite. The gougere was good, but I like cooking in large batches and gougere doesn't lend itself well to that. The chapter "Why None of This Matters" at the end is worth the price of admission. "Give up the notion that having a child who's ...more
May 21, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
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I bought this when my now-thirteen year old was a little guy and VERY picky. This is not a gourmet cookbook or one for people whose kids might have nutritional issues or obesity issues. The recipes are tasty and fattening, for the most part, which is what I needed for my skinny, picky kid!

The illustrations and the captions are laugh-out-loud funny, which was one of the reasons I still keep this cookbook, even though I no longer use it. She really has a gift for capturing the whole kids+food expe
Jul 15, 2014 Kirsten rated it really liked it
I love this cookbook. It would be worth it for the Stir-Fried Chicken with Peanuts recipe, which I make about once a week because my son loves it. It would be be worth it without that recipe, because the book is that fun to read and the cartoons that fun to look at.
Sep 30, 2007 Joanna rated it it was amazing
This is a cookbook worth reading cover to cover. The idea is that all the recipes are picky-kid-friendly, but as a side effect they are picky-adult-friendly too. And the sidebars, stories, and comic illustrations are laugh out loud funny. All of the recipes that I have tried are achievable and yummy.
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Aug 27, 2008 Erica Olson rated it it was amazing
Ann, please be my friend! I'm pretty sure you're one of the close friends I haven't met yet. :-)

Her writing is hilarious--witty, witty, witty. She writes cookbooks with real passion--not only for food but for the people she feeds.
Feb 09, 2009 Jodi rated it liked it
This cookbook is hilarious!
It totally makes me feel better about fighting my kids when it comes to finishing their food!
I didn't get to try any recipes... but loved the author's stories!
Aug 25, 2009 Betty rated it it was amazing
This book is just fun to read. I was a picky eater and as a grown up its nice to read about other people who were or are pickier than I.
Sep 06, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
I liked the author's sense of humor, but my picky eater still won't eat most of the recipes in this book.
Jun 01, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
One of my most favorite cookbooks. Not only are the recipes good, but the book itself is a hoot to read!
Aug 29, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
A gift from my college roommate.
Great recipes for picky kids (and picky adults, too)!!
Aug 26, 2008 Krista rated it liked it
Great recipes, especially if you have picky eaters!
Nov 11, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it
Amusing,easy recipes that grown-ups like, too.
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Ann Hodgman (born 1956) is an American author of more than forty children's books as well as several cookbooks and humor books and many magazine articles.

Ann was raised in Rochester, New York and graduated from Harvard College, where she was a staff member on the Harvard Lampoon and the Harvard Advocate. She was the food columnist for the magazines Spy and Eating Well. Her essay "No Wonder They Ca
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