Thanks to Michelle Maisto for her lovely review of French Kids Eat Everything at Forbes.com.
Here’s a quote from the review, which I thought was spot-on:
“The 10 “rules” she comes up with are really common sense ideas you probably, however vaguely, already know. But if you’re like me, you may find them excellent, if not also habit-changing, reminders of how things should be. Or can be. Key to enforcing these rules is a French parenting mentality that’s loving but firm.
They also believe that food education — learning about foods, the importance of eating a varied menu and how to comport oneself at the table — is a critical component of the French schooling system, but that teaching children to be happy, healthy eaters begins the moment they move beyond breast milk. Nothing is too pungent or exotic to resist offering an interested, toothless infant.
The American thinking is that if a child won’t eat something, she doesn’t like it. The French thinking is that she hasn’t yet learned to like it — so one should keep cheerfully serving it.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself! 😉