Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater

A memoir about the joys of food and parenting and the wild m lange of the two Matthew Amster Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer long before he and his wife, Laurie, had Iris Now he s a full time, stay at home Dad and his experience with food has changed a little He s come to realize that kids don t need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants, anA memoir about the joys of food and parenting and the wild m lange of the two Matthew Amster Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer long before he and his wife, Laurie, had Iris Now he s a full time, stay at home Dad and his experience with food has changed a little He s come to realize that kids don t need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants, and that raising an adventurous eater is about exposure, invention, and patience He writes of the highs and lows of teaching your child about food the high of rediscovering how something tastes for the first time through a child s unedited reaction, and the low of thinking you have a precocious vegetable fiend on your hands only to discover that a child s preferences change from day to day and may take years to include vegetables again Sharing in his culinary capers is little Iris, a budding gourmand and a zippy critic herself who makes huge sandwiches, gobbles up hot chilis, and even helps around the kitchen sometimes Hungry Monkey takes food enthusiasts on a new adventure in eating and offers dozens of delicious recipes that little fingers can help to make.
Hungry Monkey A Food Loving Father s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater A memoir about the joys of food and parenting and the wild m lange of the two Matthew Amster Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer long before he and his wife Laurie had Iris Now he s a ful

  • Title: Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
  • Author: Matthew Amster-Burton
  • ISBN: 9780151013241
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I've nailed down the reason I never like memoirs based on food blogs, although I think it might have more to do with what I read into them: a kind of dishonesty, an attitude of "hey, look at my beautiful life!", an unwillingness to delve deeply into how this lifestyle is maintained - we can't all be freelancers waxing rhapsodic about strawberries. Anyway, this is a memoir by a hip stay-at-home dad in Seattle, about what he cooks for his family, what his daughter likes, and how her tastes change [...]

    2. I wanted to give this 2.5 darn this whole-star rating system.Anyway, this book can't decide if it's a cookbook or a memoir it's a stay-at-home dad's account of how he tried to encourage his daughter to be willing to try new foods (and sometimes succeeded!). I like food and I like kids, so I thought I'd like this book. It's a little Seattle Yippie for my taste (FYI a Yippie is a Yuppie masquerading as a Hippie - don't be fooled) with lots of accounts of going to the Asian Grocery and the Farmer's [...]

    3. This guy was too hip for me. But like so many hipsters, he thinks he's not one and goes out of his way to prove it diving right back into the sea of hip where no one else could possibly follow and splashing the water ostentatiously. Sometimes I had to put the book down and breathe deeply until the waves stopped crashing to their indie beat. I think I was supposed to think this was funny. But PS: What's with all the foodie dads who publish recipes that I wouldn't even use for fancy Sunday dinner? [...]

    4. I had mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it were quite funny.There were some recipes that I'd like to try sometime (I probably won't)ButIt was also just a series of vignettes about how lucjy he is that his daughter was adventurous in food.A lot of people probably pick up this book hoping to find out hw he did it so they can try it too - but what you find out is that his daughter - while she goes through food phases just like all children seems to have the same kinds of idiosyncrasies as mo [...]

    5. Really quite charming: the tale of a food writer's daughter's culinary journeys. I got this book because I find the author's podcast (Spilled Milk, made with another food writer) to be entertaining and informative and friendly for a hopeless cook such as myself. His voice shines through just as clearly in print.If you're a beginning cook, Everyday Food will ask you to stretch, but not very far. There's a monthly feature called "Have you tried?" introducing a special ingredient, such has canned c [...]

    6. The style of this book is perfect. It's not a cookbook, it's not a memoir, it's just a dad and his kid (Iris) traversing the rocky road of childhood eating habits. The author just happens to tell you how he makes the easy-peasy recipes for Iris at the end of each chapter. I am definitely stealing the 6-ingredient phad thai recipe!One of the things I really enjoyed were the references to other food-for-kids books. Amster-Burton balances his food expertise and experiences raising a foodie kid agai [...]

    7. As the first book I read post-baby, this had a marvelous way of calming my fears about starting our dragon on solids and keeping me laughing in the scattered few moments I could cobble together to read it. In particular, the first few chapters made me laugh at my own hyperactive worries about raising a healthy water and it had great overarching ideas about good foods to try, but unfortunately I'm a bit of a culinary "all-thumbs" so most of the later recipes, while delectably described, just inti [...]

    8. Overall this was a fun read and I liked its (mostly) relatable stories about kids and food. What's fun is that you get kid/food stories, but in the "amped up" version (i.e. his kid asking for lobster for dinner and picking out sushi from the conveyor belt). In the end, though, you realize kids are really all the same, meaning they all have their idiosyncracies. What I didn't like was the author, at least the guy talking in the book (whether that's really the author or not). For as hard as he (se [...]

    9. Great fun! I enjoyed hearing about Matthew, Iris and Laurie's adventures from his perspective, and of course I particularly enjoyed the literary allusions and references to those I know (although somehow I did not find any BT mentions - in other ways, Matthew comes close to the perfect spouse). Every time I picked the book up I got hungry again although I am less sophisticated than Iris and would probably not survive for long in this household. I am trying to remember what I ate when I visited L [...]

    10. I finished this book today and gave it to my husband so he could read it while on a business trip. I am already regretting that decision because I won't have Hungry Monkey in my hands again for 6 whole days. As soon as I read the last page I wanted to start over again with some little sticky flags in my hand to mark recipes I wanted to try and passages where Amster-Burton says specifically that kaiten sushi is ideal baby food. But no, I was all, "This book is hilarious. It's about cooking and ki [...]

    11. I recently picked up a copy of a new food memoir titled "Hungry Monkey" by Matthew Amster-Burtone you got meI loved the kitchy title, its cover and because it was about food. Oh, and the author is from my home - Seattle. What is there not to like about this book? Well, nothing! After a busy Saturday morning with my a$$ firmly planted on my upper deck I devoured this food memoir, enjoying every bite of it!Yes, I did take some reading breaks! The first break was to try almond milk - steamed milk + [...]

    12. A fun read. Enjoyed the solidarity of foodie-ness + parenthood in the author's life and also mine. Amster-Burton is a no health food freak and is one of the most guilt-free child feeders that I've ever run across, I aspire to his level of mental freedom about what constitutes "right" eating and what is acceptable fare and practice for youthful meals. I have occasional fantasies about living in Seattle and this book didn't help that little delusion anye author's world sounds like a paridisically [...]

    13. This was a Christmas gift, and the last book I read in 2009.First, it's important to note that the subtitle is misleading. Amster-Burton clearly wants his daughter to be an adventurous eater, but he gives up on that when she learns that she can say "yuck", around 24 months of age. The book is really about how to cook for a family that includes a picky toddler without making multiple meals and sacrificing taste for the adults. Caveat number two: Amster-Burton is a stay-at-home dad with two hours [...]

    14. Disclaimer: I don't have kids. And I read this at someone's house, so I mostly skimmed the second half, and I didn't read any of the recipes.It's more of a fun read than a step-by-step how-to, but it's great for perspective, even for those who do not frequent their local Asian market. The basic message is to give your baby/child the opportunity to be as non-picky an eater as they can be, but as picky as they need to be (and still give them the opportunity to come out of whatever phase they're in [...]

    15. I love books that reinforce my own prejudices, and this book does so in spades. I love books that star people I know and like. I especially love books that make me laugh and follow my family around to read aloud to them. Amster-Burton strikes all the right notes in this memoir-cookbook hybrid. He's wryly hilarious and sweet without being treacly. His recipes are clear and readable and mostly appetizing, though I remain unconvinced regarding polenta. His loving, warm descriptions of his 4-year-ol [...]

    16. According to the author (a restaurant critic & food writer, who reads the American Pediatric Journal- for the articles), picky eaters are not made, it just happens- as he and many others in his food circle (including chefs) can attest to. One day his daughter is eating spicy foods, sushi, fish, etc the next week she's not, and still is not. This book had many funny, laugh out loud parts. The author is very entertaining, as well as encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed this book having a child wh [...]

    17. A food-writing Seattle dad tries (with varying degrees of success) to create an adventurous eater out of his daughter, Iris. Some good recipes are sprinkled in with his anecdotes, and they're heavy on the meat. I especially enjoyed the brief appearances of other Seattle foodies and food writers. One might call this name dropping but Amster-Burton seems too down to earth to call it that. Dads will especially appreciate this book, even more so if they are in charge of the bulk of their household's [...]

    18. I have a picky eater and this book doesn't really help with that. I found myself becoming incredibly jealous that his kid eats sushi, duck, and everything under the sun even though Matthew claims that she hardly eats anything. Also, he has time to go grocery shopping every day? Yeah not practical for me. Some of the recipes that Matthew suggests I might be able to do, if I could find the weird ingredients to go in them. Overall, this book is not what I had hoped it would be.

    19. Hungry Monkey was fun to read. I'd probably love any book about cooking and eating. This book made me feel better about having a picky eater, because he says, among other comforting arguments, that the solution to picky eating is "recognizing that it isn't a problem" (p. 107). This book also made me feel a lot of other emotions, but it mostly made me hungry. I'll be saving some of the recipes and trying them out with my two hungry monkeys.

    20. A very quick and enjoyable read. The author is pretty funny and I found myself laughing at many of his adventures with 4-yr old Iris. I'm not sure how many of the recipes I'll make, but his approach is refreshing.

    21. Great book with a healthy mix of humor and information. I'm looking forward to teaching my own daughter the joy of cooking and eating a wide variety of food

    22. I picked up this book because Neil Patrick Harris recommended it. I was so disgusted I couldn't finish it. Some highlights:"I highly recommend the emergency C-section. I joked with the anesthesiologist for a while, and then a nurse handed me a baby.""Stirring together the formula powder and water for the first time, I felt like a jerk. Not because I was worried about nutrition.No, I was worried about flavor."He also says he drank his wife's breastmilk without her permission. If you're a man that [...]

    23. Amster-Burton is laugh out loud funny, and his advice is really quite simple, boiling down to just two rules. First is that babies and children can and should eat whatever you are eating -- no need for a special diet (other than what you are eating should be cut finer). Second rule is that at a certain age - your job is to provide the food, and let the child eat it (or not). All children seem to go through a picky eating phase, but with patience they can grow out if.After 10 years, this book doe [...]

    24. Caveat-when the author mentioned his fourth grade class trip, I was there. I see you Matt Amster, and I raise my chopsticks to you!!!Besides knowing the author at a young age, I fully enjoyed the grownup persona as a parent trying to feed their young child. Yes many of the recipes/antidotes seem a tad outlandish for a small child(except the sushi stories, my kids LOVE sushi too). However any parent trying to introduce new flavors and cultures into their children’s lives is fine by me!! I’m n [...]

    25. Read, but couldn’t finish. I feel so bad not finishing books, even with the adage “there’s too many good books to read those you don’t like.” I had such high hopes, but I just couldn’t get into this book, needed more of a plot or structure, and I was not quite sure if the author really knew any facts, or if he was just quoting his opinion and books, papers and studies that supported those opinions. There was some good humor, but I didn’t think I’d know anything worthwhile at the [...]

    26. A fun and funny "parenting" book about how one guy tried to get his daughter to try fun foods. Reads more like a memoir than a prescriptive guide, which I liked. I even tried a few of the recipes. I hope he writes an update when Iris gets older.

    27. Not a bad book but the author needs a smarmectomy. (And seriously, maybe if you live in Seattle you think there are no exotic ingredients here. HA.)

    28. I finally finished reading Hungry Monkey, and I can’t believe it took me this long to write about it. I’ve certainly mentioned it enough, like how I laughed out loud on the bus, at a Mexican restaurant, and countless other places and got funny looks every time. Or how I spent most of the book trying to figure out in what neighborhood the author lived; I figured it out (Capitol Hill), and was so proud until he said it flat out two pages later. (Can’t win.)Well, I finally finished, all that [...]

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