picky eaters

Getting Kids to Try New Foods: My Advice

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 10, 2014

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is the Food Issue and, if you’re a print subscriber, I need to apologize in advance for sucking much of the joy out of your Sunday morning.  First I shared on TLT the lead magazine story by Nicholas Confessore on school food politics (my companion NYT Motherlode piece here) and this morning on TLT’s […]


“It’s Not About the Broccoli” Book Review & Giveaway

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 23, 2014

Let’s take a break from Chinese chicken, shall we?   For weeks I’ve been wanting to tell you about a new book, It’s Not About the Broccoli, by Dr. Dina Rose, the sociologist and child feeding expert behind the “It’s Not About Nutrition” blog. Rose has guest posted here in the past and I’ve always […]


The Girl Scouts organization has been criticized in recent years by some parents, bloggers and activists over the organization’s annual — and quite profitable — cookie sale fundraiser.  The complaints range from the cookies’ artificial and/or unhealthful ingredients, the general promotion of cookie consumption in an era of childhood obesity, and the company’s use of environment-depleting […]


“Suffering Succotash:” Book Review and Giveaway!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 2, 2012

Most of you already know about my youngest child, a “selective eater” who is not [understatement alert!] so fond of the vegetables.  Over the years I’ve shared with you my frustrations, my intermittent successes (including the recipes which have led to small breakthroughs) and my musings about the different approaches parents are often advised to […]


“French Kids Eat Everything” – Book Review and Giveaway!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 28, 2012

I have a confession to make.  Though Karen Le Billon has become an “online friend” and though I’ve always enjoyed her blog about school food in France, I wasn’t actually looking forward to reading her new book, French Kids Eat Everything. First of all, the title seemed to promise a little too much, and I couldn’t […]


Kale Chips Conquer the Cafeteria

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 12, 2012

Just wanted to relay this little news item from Missoula, Montana where, apparently, kale chips have been so well received in cafeteria tests that they’re being included in middle and elementary school menus next fall. When I saw the article’s headline I feared the chips would be some horribly processed concoction bearing little resemblance to […]


So, for any TLT newcomers out there who haven’t read about my struggles, I have one child, now nine, who has continually astonished me since age two with his stubborn stance against vegetables.  While there have been little pockets of success over the years (remember the spinach malfatti and the “Miracle Mu Shu Vegetables“?), it’s […]


Does Having a French Mom = Veggie-Adventurous Kids?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 31, 2012

Those of us with kids who are, to put it mildly, a tad veggie-resistant often scratch our heads and wonder where we went wrong. In my own case, I’ve long been baffled by my son’s (now lessening, but still an issue) vegetable avoidance, given that we’re clearly doing a lot right. For example, my husband […]


Recently the Meal Makeover Moms (aka moms and registered dietitians Janice Newell Bissex and Liz Weiss) were nice enough to send me a free copy of their latest cookbook for review.   With the excellent title No Whine with Dinner, the book sets out to tackle the problem of the “picky eater,” the child who tempts parents […]


One thing that’s surprised me about blogging is how quickly you get on the radar screen of PR people.  Not long after I launched TLT, my inbox started clogging up daily with sales pitches for anything and everything food related.  (And some of these pitches are so off the mark, it’s hilarious.  Remember this one?) […]