This week, by cooking from the books Deceptively Delicious and Sneaky Chef, then gathering with other friends for a Deceptively Sneaky potluck, I’m attempting to try to understand how these two books have become bestselling cookbooks of our generation, talked about, cooked from and adored by dozens of women I know.
My first reaction, upon hearing of the concept, was ugh, broccoli in brownies? I’m lucky enough to have kids who eat most everything, from sushi to hummus, so I might not be the target audience. My second reaction was that in parenting, you do have to do what works for you. Not everyone has a shared bed, a no-TV rule, or has figured out how to get their kids to eat well, and none of us is doing it more “right” than the others (If we really admit it). This might be a way for parents to start getting their kids to like the taste of a vegetable.
I’m telling you now I will not be making the Chocolate Pudding with Avocado in Jessica Seinfeld’s book. But today, my friend Monica and I made the macaroni and cheese with a bit of butternut squash mixed in. I thought it tasted pretty good.
I’ll write more from our potluck tomorrow, where a group of kids will test our creations.