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The Adventurous Eaters Club: Mastering the Art of Family Mealtime

4.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,792 ratings  ·  80 reviews
TV star Misha Collins and his wife, journalist and historian Vicki Collins,show families how to be mealtime adventurers so that kids might have a lifelong relationship with real food

Chicken nuggets. Hot dogs. Macaroni and cheese. These are just some of the greatest hits we offer kids at mealtime.

Misha andVicki Collins totally get it. When their son West was a toddler, he
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by HarperOne
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Miranda Reads
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

p. 175 - Chicken A La West
p. 103 - Bunny Spice Roasted Roots
p. 138 - Sweet Corn Summer Salad
What are the staples of childhood dinners?

Do your thoughts go to pizza, nuggets, Kraft mac and fries?

Or they go to Kale Chips, Pink Hummus, and Mason Jar Salads? (Probably not...)

But...why not?

Those foods are healthy - they're good - and they're good for you!

Often, it's because it is easier to pop the pizza hot pocket in the microwave than whip up some homemade soup while managing screaming kids.

Daina Fullmer
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of this absolutely gorgeous cookbook by Misha Collins during a Supernatural convention a little over two weeks before the release date, and having had some time with it now, I can say that my five star rating is honest. The book focuses on cooking with children, but there is a wealth of nutritional information and a focus on whole foods and ease of preparation that is very applicable even to those of us who are childless. I’m sure many of us could use a little nudge to get us ...more
Nichole David
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most aesthetically pleasing cookbooks I've ever seen. The recipes look delicious (with a few exceptions that all come with disclaimers!) and easy to follow. I'm looking forward to trying them, even though my picky eater is about to start college.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Misha Collins + book= everything I've loved in life. Sign. Me UP!
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully photographed and fun cookbook! Written by Misha AND Vicki Collins. I have marked all the recipes I cannot wait to try and share with my grandson! And all proceeds from this book go to Charities that promote healthy eating to needy children.
Lauren Paletta
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was healthy! Getting kids to eat their veggies as well as other healthy foods is so important, but it's not just for kids, it's for adults too! Families should all be eating this healthy. Granted I will never see a day that my husband would eat like this. A wonderful cookbook, full of family creations, which help children get in the kitchen too!
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to have fun while cooking with your kids and teaching them how to eat healthy?
Then this book is the solution, trust me.

Vicki, Maison, West and Misha (the Collins Family) will take you in their world full of love and affection and they will completely change your lives with their original (VERY original, you can trust me on this) recipes.

Just one more thing: do you want another reason to buy this book? Here's the last but not least, in fact we can say that it's the most important
banana! SAM
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m a 33 year old picky eater (I blame my parents) and I adore this book. I don’t have children, but I originally purchased a copy to support the authors who are not only wonderful people, but writers of a cookbook every finicky eater (of any age) can benefit from. The book is packed with tips (but no tricks) to introduce lovers of the bland and beige to new foods they’ll enjoy making themselves. I may be an adult, but my kid-friendly palate is actually excited about bringing new foods to my ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This really isn't just a cookbook. It's a bit of a journey with beautiful photos included. It helps you WANT to cook healthier for you and your family.

And also all of the author profits go to helping childhood hunger, if that wasnt reason enough to buy it.
Amber Scaife
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I fully admit that I wanted this cookbook at first solely because I *ahem* hold Misha Collins in high esteem, first as Cas in Supernatural and now also as the goofy, sweet, full-of-kindness-for-the-world sort of person he seems to be. (Read: I. Am. A. Fan.) So, I convinced my 11-year-old son to get it for me for Christmas (no shame!), and it's the first cookbook that I've actually read cover-to-cover. And it's completely worth it. Misha and Vicki (his equally awesome partner, whom I now also ...more
Laurel J
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will admit up front that I’m a terrible cook and subsist on prepackaged foods. I know it’s unhealthy, so I was excited to get this book and see if I could revamp my routine. Yesterday I made the Pear-berry breakfast cake, and it actually turned out well! I loved it. I actually went to the grocery store and bought vegetables, too. This book is a lot of fun!
Shirley (MommyBookwyrm)
I love cooking. It's probably the only activity I enjoy more than reading. I do not consider myself a very good cook but when my husband and I moved into our first apartment together my kitchen skills were atrocious. The only meal I knew how to make was spaghetti using jarred sauce. To this day I am still learning and loving every minute of it.

It is one of my goals to make sure that my daughter never feels powerless and useless when she grows up and moves out into the world. Fortunately, at four
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have no children and read cookbooks regularly.
I started reading normally and then started to text friends and family about the salty gem I found.
This book isn't written about persuading your kids to eat but inviting them into the process of preparing and cooking food as a family. Psychology says they will be more likely to try it and like it.
The recipes are easy, with instructions for little person participation. The veggie section was simple yet powerful enough for me to crave what was on the
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s a lot to love about this beautiful cookbook. Not just for families with small children, this book includes simple, tasty recipes made with easily accessible ingredients. It also includes humorous anecdotes from the Collins family and gorgeous photography. Do be warned: some of the recipes are marked to basically make at your own risk! But I have many recipes bookmarked to try in my kitchen with my own kids. I can already vouch for the Pear Berry Breakfast Cakes and the Hop and Skip ...more
Teri Whittlinger
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent cook book that is fun for the whole family. Colorful full pictures, easy to understand instructions. If you have children this book is for you. The best part is that 100% of the profits go towards food programs for children.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This cookbook is amazing! Challenges kids to try good food and have fun while you’re at it! Plus, it is going to an awesome cause. All around a win win for any family or any adventurous person.
Beverley Burrows-Pym
Great for getting my grandchildren to embrace cooking. Looking at pictures of other children cooking and understanding that recipes can be adapted have all helped.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many wonderful ideas to get your kids to eat their veggies...or more veggies...or ease into eating any veggies at all.
The book itself is beautiful - the photos of food and the Collins’ family are lovely.

Wish I’d had this when my kids were younger, but hey - you’re never too old to try something new!
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have kids, and I don't plan on ever doing so, but I read this all the same because I love cookbooks and trying new recipes that look awesome in books and never as good in my kitchen.
Surprisingly, since this is a book for teaching kids to eat healthy, I got the urge to make a fair amount of these recipes. Also, the kale. I'm super anti-kale and I think kale chips smell like farts and taste like cardboard, but for some reason I was looking at the kale chip recipe and I said to myself "I
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Let me preface this with: I'm not the target group of this book. At all. I have no children and I am already an adventurous eater, albeit one whose parents weren't mindful of the tips in this book (leading me to up-to-this-day still go by visual cues like "empty plate" to stop eating instead of relying on feeling hungry or full).

Even not being the target audience, I enjoyed the book immensely. The "extras" around the recipes give a lot of well-researched information about how we develop our
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful cookbook by a real life angel. ...more
Kelly Parkes
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm REALLY impressed with this book. Bought it on Kobo when it was released, and will be picking up a physical book today because it is WORTH IT! I'm a mom to a 20 yr old with can we say FUSSY EATER! I have made three dinners out of this book - spoilers, so I won't say which ones - but we had so much fun reading the anecdotes, choosing what to eat, looking at the pictures and this book got him off of Youtube long enough to actually help me make dinner...and he actually ate it! My kid ...more
Renee Wiedmeyer
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
It wasn't applicable to me. I thought it was going to be more recipes and less child raising tips.
Jan 13, 2020 added it
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-even though this book was mostly aimed at kids, *I* am not an adventurous eater. i am a rather picky eater and it was a lot worse as a child.

-all the things the books say not to do, my parents did (and so did probably most parents). threaten punishment, bribery, coercement.
-the american academy of pediatrics nutrition guide sums it up: "it's a mistake to encourage, persuade, or bribe a child to eat. research shows this has the opposite effect from whats intended, and the child may end up
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book for my daughter and her family, but had to read through it before I gave it to her. I should preface my remarks by saying I'm an extremely picky eater that has never liked vegetables, so even before I looked through the book, I knew I probably wasnt going to find many recipes I was willing to try. I was correct. An adventurous eater I am not.

However, I love the idea behind this cookbook. Involving the whole family in mealtime preparation and then sitting down together as a
Elizabeth Orozco
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a amazing book that helps with one of the basic things we who have kids all go through in trying to get our kids to eat right. IT is a amazing book that tells a little about Misha and Vickis life mixed with the recipes and advice on how to handle the kids. It has a mixture of humor and practical information to help come up with solutions on eating right not only for the kids but ourselves too.
It offers kids a way to see how to make things they like and are good for them with their
Mark Collins
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book. This has transformed my perception of kid's eating habits and has made me excited to get my kid to help in the kitchen. The general takeaway message is: let kids help you cook and prepare meals, let them explore food, and they will be more willing to try foods other than the beige junk food featured on restaurant kid's menus---chicken nuggets, Mac n cheese, and french fries. One great tenet of the book was that, as parents it is our job to serve our kids food, but we should not ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't know who Misha Collins or his wife was prior to reading this. I was attracted to this book because I have two very picky eaters in my family (my son and husband) and would really like them to broaden their horizons.

This book is full of ideas for doing that, without resorting to hide-the-veggies strategies (at least not too often). The recipes are good, but I really enjoyed the refresher course on getting kids to broaden their palettes. I also liked the fact that most of their
Vicky Baxter
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to see if this book was genuinely good. I delved in to find bright glossy pictures which captured the pure joy of this family. I have a similar ethos to the parents in this book: cooking, easy, and delicious meals for my children and letting my children join in the process. We need to smell and taste and touch our food. Let kids get dirty in the kitchen, and explore the wonderful world of texture and colour and nature. Sit around a table again and eat and talk, a strange concept in ...more
Erin Collins
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book was a lot of fun and raised some excellent points about feeding children. Why do we assume kids can only eat chicken fingers? Kids can (and will) eat just about anything if given enough opportunities. The book is a bit repetitive, but I don't it was actually meant to be read straight through like a normal book.

Per the advice in the book, we have been letting our 18 month old help in the kitchen! He can chop (with lots of help), pour, and stir. It makes meal prep a lot more fun. One of
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Dmitri "Misha" Collins is an American actor and author best known for his role as the angel Castiel on the CW television series Supernatural. (Source: Wikipedia)