I just finished Hungry Monkey – A Food Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Andventurous Eater by Matthew Amster-Burton. I have to say I love this guy! A restaurant critic, food writer, and self-proclaimed stay-at-home-Dad, Burton takes us along his hysterical gastronomic ride with his daughter Iris (sous-chef in training) as they navigate through one delicious dish after another. No kids menu for Iris, they eat as a family and approach food as fun, something they share, an adventure. From growing cilantro on their balcony to attempting Lasagna Bolognese, bacon-obsessed Burton shows us how he shares his love for food with Iris, letting her see the creativity, fun and most importantly the joy of food. I’m a big believer in exposing kids to a wide variety of foods so this book really hit home for me. Matthew is an excellent role model for getting away from the traditional “kids menu” of chicken fingers, hot dogs and hamburgers. If you’ve got a hungry monkey at home – and don’t we all? – pick up a copy (http://bit.ly/bWCVq). It’s is a wonderful (and fast) read.

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