Last week, we mentioned Jessica Seinfeld’s Oprah-supported cookbook, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. Since then, there’s been a bit of controversy about originality of the book—which suggests sneaking vegetable purées into food for picky kids. Another book by Missy Chase Lapine, titled The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals, utilizes a very similar concept—and was released this past April.
Mrs. Seinfeld’s book launched earlier this month, but due to the slowpoke speed of book publishing, it’s highly unlikely that she ripped off the idea and produced her entire book in a mere six months. Jessica’s famous husband definitely gives her an arguably unfair advantage when it comes to publicity, but she ain’t a copycat.
That said, there’s still a lot of debate over which book has better recipes. Pamela Gould, author of Feeding the Kids: The Flexible, No-Battles, Healthy Eating System for the Whole Family (Fork and Spoon Field Guides), writes in her Amazon review of Deceptively Delicious:
[T]he Deceptively Delicious recipes are lower in saturated fats, higher in whole grains and use less sugar and artificial items (like colored sprinkles and packaged mac-n-cheese.) Plus, this book’s purees are an improvement over those in the Sneaky Chef. … Deceptively Delicious includes 11 very simple whole veggie purees. In contrast, although 4 of the 5 Sneaky Chef veggie purees do contain whole vegetables, they are more complicated since each one contains multiple ingredients.
I can’t vouch for The Sneaky Chef, but when my husband whipped up a batch of chickpea-enhanced chocolate chip cookies from Deceptively Delicious the other night, I fell in love all over again—the cookies don’t really disguise the whole chickpeas mixed into their batter, but somehow, they were delicious.