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The Cleaner Plate Club

More Than 100 Recipes for Real Food Your Kids Will Love
Bader, Beth & Ali Benjamin. The Cleaner Plate Club: More Than 100 Recipes for Real Food Your Kids Will Love. Storey. Jan. 2011. 312p. illus. index. ISBN 9781603425858. pap. $16.95. COOKING
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"Real moms" and food bloggers Bader and Benjamin join forces to educate, inform, and inspire us about feeding the kids. They've endeavored to create a kind of handbook with guidelines for family nutrition by providing healthy recipes, supermarket strategies, and vegetable profiles. Sprinkled with quotations (from Michael Pollan, among others, of course!), the book also includes interesting information on pesticide residues in produce, analyses of oils, and tips for dealing with sugar fiends and balky eaters. The resource section lists organizations, publications, and favorite cookbooks. Presented in a colorful, kid-friendly style, with mom-next-door chatty text, this guide offers advice on what to choose and how to cook it in a fast-food age.
VERDICT The market for books on this subject continues to grow following Pollan's 2006 best seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and this is a useful addition. Great for public libraries and all readers interested in healthy cooking/shopping for the family.
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