Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
Hungry Monkey is the story of Amster-Burton's life as a food-lover--with a child. It's the story of how he came to realize that kids don't need puree in a jar or special menu ...more
Anyway, this book can't decide if it's a cookbook or a memoir... it's a stay-at-home dad's account of how he tried to encourage his daughter to be willing to try new foods (and sometimes succeeded!). I like food and I like kids, so I thought I'd like this book. It's a little Seattle Yippie for my taste (FYI a Yippie is a Yuppie masquerading as a Hippie - don't be fooled) with lots of accounts of going to the Asian Grocery and the Fa ...more
Really quite charming: the tale of a food writer's daughter's culinary journeys. I got this book because I find the author's podcast (Spilled Milk, made with another food writer) to be entertaining and informative and friendly for a hopeless cook such as myself. His voice shines through just as clearly in print.
If you're a beginning cook, Everyday Food will ask you to stretch, but not very far. There's a monthly feature called "Have you tried...?" introducing a special ingredient, such has canne...more
One of the things I really enjoyed were the references to other food-for-kids books. Amster-Burton balances his food expertise and experiences raising a foodie kid agai ...more
Parts of it were quite funny.
There were some recipes that I'd like to try sometime (I probably won't)
It was also just a series of vignettes about how lucjy he is that his daughter was adventurous in food.
A lot of people probably pick up this book hoping to find out hw he did it so they can try it too - but what you find out is that his daughter - while she goes through food phases just like all children seems to have the same kinds of idiosyncrasies as mo ...more
Yes, I did take some reading breaks! The first break was to try almond milk - st ...more
First, it's important to note that the subtitle is misleading. Amster-Burton clearly wants his daughter to be an adventurous eater, but he gives up on that when she learns that she can say "yuck", around 24 months of age. The book is really about how to cook for a family that includes a picky toddler without making multiple meals and sacrificing taste for the adults.
Caveat number two: Amster-Burton is a stay-at-home dad with two hours ...more
It's more of a fun read than a step-by-step how-to, but it's great for perspective, even for those who do not frequent their local Asian market. The basic message is to give your baby/child the opportunity to be as non-picky an eater as they can be, but as picky as they need to be (and still give them the opportunity to come out of whatever phase they're in ...more
Well, I finally finished, all that to say ...more
Things I liked:
**Most of the recipes. At first I was annoyed they were in there [for some reason wasn't expecting them to be:]. I thought, what am I gonna do with a bunch of kid food recipes? But some of them sound really good and all of them are pretty low-maintenance, whi ...more
The best part of this book is Amster-Burton's acknowledgment that you ...more
I have a 2 1/2 year old who will eat pretty much nothing but raisins and cheerios. This hasn't fazed us, however. We continue to offer him foods we enjoy, like sushi and hummus. We figure one day he might just surprise us all and try some!
Matthew Amster-Burton is of the same mind. His book, Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater, is part memoir and part cookbook. His anecdotes about his daughter and ...more