I was going to sit this one out. It's pretty obvious from my site that I don't hide veggies and serve "kid food" (a bigger rant there to come). But, it seems as if Jessica Seinfeld's book is creating quite a stir among us mom-types, 494 comments over at Slate alone. So, here is my short take on the topic.
First, I have a philosophical problem with "deception" and "food." Watching the headlines and issues, there is quite enough deception going on with our food supply already. I don't need to add to it on a personal level.
Second, it does nothing to teach your kids about how to eat healthy. Yeah, it's frustrating. Yeah, there are picky days. We went through that over the weekend. Then yesterday, the kiddo chows down four helpings of carrot souffle, blackberries, two helpings of sugar snap peas, green beans and an apple and milk in a sitting. Ride it out. Parenting is a long haul in general and food is no exception.
Finally, vegetables are not some sleazy gastronomic affair to be carried on in a dark pantry. Treating them like this only reinforces the concept of vegetable=yuck when you are found out.
To be honest, I really don't understand the whole "I don't like vegetables" thing. Corn tastes nothing like broccoli, winter squash and summer squash are as different as, well, winter and summer. There is no universal "vegetable" flavor to be disliked. Except maybe "canned" vegetable flavor. Arguably, the source, freshness and preparation of a vegetable matters just as much as the variety does.
Before I got married, I went on a lunch date with a smartass lawyer type. When we went to choose a meeting spot, I suggested Vietnamese food.
"Vietnamese?" he said. "I don't like cat."
"Maybe you just haven't had it fixed right," I replied.
The date didn't work out. But, I won my case.