The hardest part of being a test family for a cookbook is that you can’t blog about it! Can you believe I’ve kept my mouth shut about Easy No-Stir Pea Risotto for 18 months? It’s just SO good, and SO easy. Getting To Yum is Karen Le Billon’s latest book, hot off the presses, and is a technique and recipe based follow-up to French Kids Eat Everything. Using Karen’s techniques, I decided during our testing phase to teach my kids to not only eat salad, but to love salad. I figured it was my highest mountain, so I may as well climb it with Karen on my team.
Did Karen’s techniques work? OH YES. Yes, they did. I now have a salad recipe so loved, I receive requests for it. From college-aged babysitters! When was the last time a college kid asked someone to make them a red cabbage and radish salad? I am so honored to be a guest blogger on Getting To Yum’s website this week, and you can read about how I used Karen’s technique of tweaking flavors in graduated steps. As well, our final salad recipe and its many variations are available on her website, and you can view it here. I was so excited to finally be able to share the news of this cookbook, and while I was telling my family about its first day in the bookstores, we had this conversation:
Sara: I don’t know WHY you told the world we love salad. We do not LOVE salad!
Kelly (mouth full of salad): Yeah Mommy! Salad? You keep saying we love it. We love lasagna. We love tomato soup. We love shrimp tacos. We don’t love salad!
Mommy (and I could hardly stop laughing): Um…ladies? Those empty little dishes in front of your lasagna plates? They are practically licked clean. What was in them moments ago?
Sara: That wasn’t SALAD! That was…that THING you make that we LOVE. With the almonds and…well…you know…what’s it called?
Kelly: SALAD! Is that SALAD?! Oh well then…yes. We do love salad.
The beginning of Nifty Niçoise Soup, Sara’s absolute favorite.
To celebrate all of these gorgeous things happening, Karen and her publisher, William Morrow (an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers) are giving away a copy of Getting To Yum to my readers! I can’t wait to send it to you! I’d send you my copy but it has been hugged to death (and the girls went through and put a post-it note next to each of their stories, and next to their favorite recipes. “Nifty Niçoise Soup” even got a love note.) To enter a random giveaway drawing, just leave a comment telling me what you’d like to teach your child to eat. I had a Mom stop me yesterday and say when she saw my daughters wolfing down red peppers, she wanted this book. Red peppers! Sure! What a great place to start! Getting to Yum has an entire chapter on peppers. The book includes graduated taste-training chapters for many of the main-stay fruits and vegetables you’ll find in any North American grocery store. Leave as many comments as you like, and each new comment is a separate entry into the drawing.
The random drawing will take place on Friday, May 23rd, at 8 pm, EDT.
A huge thank you to Karen Le Billon for inviting me along on this journey. I’ve worked this book, you’all. It’s full of kindness and fun. Teaching my children to eat has been the greatest gift I can give to their lifelong health. Yes, I’ve always cooked. Yes, I’ve always loved it. But now we love and appreciate it together. And really, isn’t that the treasure of the family dinner table? I am so excited to share this delicious journey with you!