Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
Title: Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
Author: Matthew Amster-Burton
A food critic and writer shares his experiences as a stay-at-home parent to his young daughter, Iris, who he endeavored to expose to the richness of his culinary world, in an account that describes how he came to understand the wonder of tasting foods from a child’s first-time perspective.
Matthew Amster-Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer long before he and his wife, Laurie, had Iris. Now he’s a full-time, stay-at-home Dad and his experience with food has changed …a little.
Hungry Monkey is the story of Amster-Burton’s life as a food-lover—with a child. It’s the story of how he came to realize that kids don’t need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants and that raising an adventurous eater is about exposure, invention, and patience. He writes of the highs and lows of teaching your child about food—the high of rediscovering how something tastes for the first time through a child’s unflinching reaction, the low of thinking you have a precocious vegetable fiend on your hands only to discover that a child’s preferences change from day to day (and may take years to include vegetables again). Sharing in his culinary capers is little Iris, a budding gourmand and a zippy critic herself—who makes hug sandwiches, gobbles up hot chilis, and even helps around the kitchen sometimes.
A memoir on the wild joys of food and parenting and the marvelous mÃ©lange of the two—Hungry Monkey takes food enthusiasts on a new adventure in eating (with dozens of delicious recipes!). In the end, our guide reminds us: “Food is fun, and you get to enjoy it three times a day, plus snacks!”