Raising an Adventurous Eater

For Moms
on November 25, 2011
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

When stay-at-home dad and former food critic Matthew Amster-Burton found out his wife was pregnant, he vowed his kid would know the difference between store-brand bacon and Nueske’s and share his obsession with bibimbap.

And though his daughter Iris loves pizza as much as the average kid, Amster-Burton is now raising a budding gourmand.

“I try and incorporate something I know Iris likes at every meal. But at the same time I want her to have opportunity to push her own boundaries when she is ready. So while Iris doesn’t like vegetables right now, I love them and vegetables are part of our meals every day. Sometimes Iris will take a bite of them and sometimes she won’t.”

Eventually, he believes, Iris will come around; until then, he’s discovered the best way to lighten the mood at mealtime is to adopt a hands-off approach. But if Iris wants to try Roasted Trout with Fennel, Onion and Cilantro or Chicken and Spinach Meatballs, her dad will be ready to serve her.

Read about Amster-Burton’s efforts in Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009).

—By Ashley Gartland

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