Is hiding vegetables in food deceptive?
I've been mildly amused by the debate swirling around Jessica Seinfeld's new cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, which is built on the premise of getting vegetables into kids by hiding them in kid-friendly foods. The book is a popular hit (no doubt helped along by a visit with Oprah), but there's plenty of finger-wagging going on, too. Seems that many folks feel it's dishonest to "sneak" vegie purees into macaroni and cheese or brownies.
Hmm. Hiding vegies has been an accepted parent hack from Day 1. In fact, pureed vegetables, which form the basis of many of the recipes in Deceptively Delicious, are the main ingredient in another hack as well. No one's suggesting that vegetable camouflage should be the only way vegies get presented to picky kids, so they never again see a carrot stick or broccoli floret. True, the book title is a bit provocative, but c'mon -- what's the big deal?
Has anyone tried the recipes in the book? Many bloggers give them the thumbs-up -- I'd love to hear your opinions.
(By the way, the publisher just bought an ad on Parent Hacks, but this post is not connected in any way, except that the appearance of the ad reminded me that I had wanted to write about this topic!).