I usually try to stick to posts about food and recipes with an occasional family type post. This post is going to be about food and not about food. It is going to be a three part series of posts a little bit different than my usual posts. Why? Because I recently checked a book out from my library that has really bothered me, and it is actually a cookbook. How can a cookbook be so bothersome? Well, let me explain.
I have heard and read a lot of talk about the cookbook “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld. I believe someone else also has a similar cookbook out right now. I knew by what I had heard and read that this would probably not be a cookbook I would use much, but everyone seemed to like it. I recently went to the library, and as I was looking through the shelves of cookbooks, I saw Deceptively Delicious. I thought, why not check it out and see why everyone likes this book so much.
I will start by saying that I have not tried any of the recipes in this book. They may work really well and give you wonderful foods, but I don’t think I will be trying any of the recipes anytime soon. What I think this book does is help prove what a spoiled, selfish, me-driven generation we are, and that many of us are now raising a generation that is as bad if not worse.
This book is all about “hiding” things that are good for kids in other foods. It hides sweet potato puree in pancakes, cauliflower puree in eggs, and broccoli, spinach, or beets in chicken nuggets. It also teaches you how to hide things in desserts. Did you know you can hide beets in chocolate cake or cauliflower in muffins?
I want to make it clear that I agree we do not eat enough vegetables in America. We need to eat more fruits and vegetables. I like to make fruit desserts and carrots cakes in order to at least make them “seem” healthier. What I have a problem with is the whole reasoning behind having to be deceptive about it.
We are raising generations of kids who don’t know how good they have it. What do I mean by this? I recently went through the Little House On The Prairie books with my kids. What we were reminded of was how hard those times were. Many times they lived on salt pork, beans, and bread. They really looked forward to having a garden, and if it was a bad year and the garden failed, it really impacted their lives. They would be facing nothing but salt pork, beans, and bread all winter long. Do you think they would have hidden vegetables in things to get their kids to eat them? No, their kids would have loved to see a carrot and probably even a beet.
Let’s move up a few years. What did many of our grandparents survive on during WW1, WW2, and the depression? I know mine survived on mainly vegetables. Would they hide them in dessert? No, they would be thankful for the few vegetables they had. Let’s move up to even more recent history, my childhood. If it had not been for my parent’s garden and my mom’s canning of fruits and vegetables, many of our meals would have been very slim and poor looking.
I know many people do not have gardens now. Most people do not even have the yard space for one, but my point is that in the last few decades we have gotten very spoiled when it comes to food. We can shop at any store and find a wide variety of food. Most is highly processed, refined and full of sugar. It is also pretty cheap. This is what our taste buds have grown to like. We no longer want carrots, cauliflower and beets. We want and crave sugar and highly refined foods. We don’t know what real food should and does taste like. We have to disguise it in other foods to get ourselves and our kids to eat it.
Have you seen or read this book? What do you think of it?
Tomorrow I will post my second reason for not liking the book.