Comments: This is not a book about how to raise children, how to raise them to be good eaters, what foods (your) children will like or not like, or tricks that will almost certainly work to open the mouths and minds of children learning to eat new foods.
It is the story in great detail about how one food writer cooked for his charming, precocious, only-child daughter in food-obsessed Seattle from birth to age four. As long as you realize this relates to one father and one daughter – and contains few or no universal truths – you will almost certainly find it charming.
Matthew Amster-Burton does take on some of the "conventional wisdom" of how you introduce new foods slowly, how to avoid spicy foods, how to sneak in vegetables, how to avoid sugar and sweets, that are interesting and occasionally unexpected whether you have children or not. But in general, this is how one dad is trying to raise an adventurous eater. (For the record, the jury is still out….)
The writing is quite a bit like that of Robert Fulghum (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, etc., etc.). With short. Sentences. Here and there. A joke. Or witty comment. If you like Robert Fulghum, you'll love Matthew. Amster-Bur.ton.