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By Matthew Amster-Burton

A memoir concerning the joys of nutrition and parenting and the wild mélange of the two

 

Matthew Amster-Burton used to be a restaurant critic and nutrition author lengthy earlier than he and his spouse, Laurie, had Iris. Now he’s a full-time, stay-at-home Dad and his event with nutrition has replaced . . . a bit. he is come to achieve that youngsters don’t desire puree in a jar or exact menus at eating places, and that elevating an adventurous eater is ready publicity, invention, and endurance. He writes of the highs and lows of training your baby approximately food--the excessive of rediscovering how anything tastes for the 1st time via a child’s unedited response, and the low of considering you've gotten a precocious vegetable fiend in your arms purely to find child’s personal tastes switch from everyday (and may well take years to incorporate greens again). Sharing in his culinary capers is little Iris, a budding gourmet and a zippy critic herself who makes large sandwiches, gobbles up sizzling chilis, or even is helping round the kitchen occasionally. Hungry Monkey takes meals fans on a brand new event in consuming and provides dozens of scrumptious recipes that "little arms" might help to make.

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