Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
Matthew Amster-Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer long before he and his wife, Laurie, had Iris. Now he’s a full-time, stay-at-home Dad and his experience with food has changed . . . a little. He's come to realize that kids don’t need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants, and ...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 ...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 ...more
This is a light-hearted and entertaining memoir about a foodie father attempting to raise an good eater. While this book provides some advice on child feeding techniques, it's more conversational than instructive. I would recommend this enjoyable memoir to laid-back parents who want to raise healthy children without stressing too much over the details. ...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...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 ...more
Yes, I did take some reading breaks! The first break was to try almond milk - ...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 ...more
"If you've read this far, you're probably thinking that this book was supposed to be about the challenges of feeding a young child and it didn't sound at all challenging. Guilty as charged."
I supposed if he'd led with this admission, fewer people would pick up his book. Hungry Monkey, as the cover ...more
"I highly recommend the emergency C-section. I joked with the anesthesiologist for a while, and then a nurse handed me a baby."
"Stirring together the formula powder and water for the first time, I felt like a jerk. Not because I was worried about nutrition....No, I was worried about flavor."
He also says he drank his wife's breastmilk without her permission. If you're a man ...more
After 10 years, this book ...more
Besides knowing the author at a young age, I fully enjoyed the grownup persona as a parent trying to feed their young child. Yes many of the recipes/antidotes seem a tad outlandish for a small child(except the sushi stories, my kids LOVE sushi too). However any parent trying to introduce new flavors and cultures into their children’s lives is fine by me!! I’m not a ...more