The book is very nicely set up, and Jessica writes in intimate, conspiratorial prose that is animated by her sense that all children deserve to eat well, and all parents deserve to enjoy mealtime without having to shout or whine. Joy Bauer is the nutritional guru who has been employed to ensure that all of the meals are balanced and really healthy, and she also provides a fair amount of information on things like what kinds of nutrients each type of fruit or veg provides, how much children need to have a day (more than you might think), and how to prepare foods so as to retain the most nutrients. Seinfeld provides information on how to pre-prepare purees so that they are always ready when you need to make a quick meal, how to stock your pantry, and where you can substitute. The recipes include breakfast dishes, main courses, and desserts, all of which are commented upon by often humorous (as you’d expect) quotes from Jessica’s children and husband.
In between the recipes are parenting, and time-saving tips from Jessica, and a recurring section titled “(other) Mothers Know Best”, full of other healthy suggestions for making mealtime more healthy and easier. Nearly all of the tips are useful and innovative. All in all, between the perfect presentation, the easy to swallow prose, and the superb, simple, but unbelievably healthy recipes, this book is a winner. I can’t see it leaving my benchtop in the foreseeable future.