Cooking Fast and Fresh with West was a Youtube sensation for fans of Misha Collins several years ago, racking up millions of views. The videos are a hilarious look at cooking with kids, and fans were eating it up. Honestly, who doesn’t love kids, food, and well…Misha? Fast forward almost six years later, and he and his wife Vicki have written a book called The Adventurous Eaters Club, due to be released in Nov 2019. The Amazon description alludes to it being more than the cookbook Collins has teased about in his convention panels.
Misha and Vicki hit on an ingenious idea, to rely on what they love best—adventure—and invited their kids into the kitchen, allowing them to play and explore. Over time, their children each developed a more adventurous palate and sense of autonomy and learned to see food as something to celebrate. The whole Collins clan benefited—and strengthened their family’s bonds.
In The Adventurous Eaters Club, Misha and Vicki chronicle their story of transformation: how they went from harried parents squeezing processed yogurt into their two-year-old’s mouth to parents whose children eat salad as comfort food, and how they created a home where mealtime doesn’t involve coercion, trickery, or tears.
As a mother of four who works full time outside the home, I am fully invested in anything that is going to help me get through mealtime with picky eaters! The Collins family are equally invested in research and making healthy choices for the children, and the description from Amazon goes on to give us a picture of the kind of recipes we might find.
Drawing on nutrition studies, child development research, interviews with early childhood educators, and advice from pediatricians and therapists, Misha and Vicki distill the strategies they’ve found most useful in forming their Adventure eating philosophy into 10 essential food rules. Filled with funny stories, tips that work, beautiful full-color photographs, and over 100 creative, delicious, whimsical recipes little hands will love to eat and help prepare—including Green Eggs & Ham Popovers, Shitake Crispies, Salad Popsicles, and Kale and Bacon Sushi—The Adventurous Eaters Club provides the support, encouragement, and practical advice parents need to turn their kids into lifetime adventurous and healthy eaters.
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Those of us that are familiar with this particular father of two know nothing is normal when it comes to Misha. Anyone else trying to picture a “Salad Popsicle”?
Amazon is accepting preorders for the hardcover book or Kindle edition for those that do not want to miss out. Anyone who can influence their children to go from nothing but mac & cheese and yogurt to eating a beet right out of the garden with the green top still attached is worth listening to, and the Collinses have done it.
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U.S. residents can preorder a copy here while Canada residents can order here. Additionally, U.S. residents can preorder through Smile Amazon where Amazon will donate a portion of proceeds to a charity of your choice like Random Acts. Do you struggle with picky eaters too? Share your experiences in the comments below!