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  • One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is an appreciation of healthy, wholesome foods. Welcoming them into your kitchen is a great way to get them excited for mealtimes, and it might just make them more open to trying new foods and flavors.

    Join some of FOOD & WINE’s favorite personalities as they share the kitchen with their children. Get step-by-step instructions for preparing their favorite kid-friendly dishes, and follow their tips for coaxing kids to get cooking.

    After all, if meal prep is a family affair, it'll mean less stress for mom and dad—and better nutrition for everyone.

  • Q & A
  • 1

    How has the way you eat and your attitude about food shaped your child's eating habits?

    I spend 30 weeks a year on the road watching people eat all kinds of foods with their kids. Kids eat bats in Samoa, fermented skate in Korea, spicy foods in China, grilled porcupine fat in Botswana and crispy pig intestines in Mexico. Kids learn about food by watching their parents. Like the children in many other cultures, our son gets one choice at mealtimes: whatever we're eating.
  • 2

    What life-lessons about food and eating do you hope to pass on to your children?

    Eating is a pleasure that's meant to be shared. When we share food with others, we can delight in our mutual happiness and spend less time talking about our differences. Mealtime is a spiritual time for connecting with each other and expressing gratitude.
  • 3

    How do you encourage your child to eat healthy, balanced meals?

    By serving healthy, balanced meals. We also talk about the problems associated with sugars, corn syrup, artificial ingredients and so on. Noah loves to eat well because his mom and dad place a premium on it.
  • 4

    How do you get children to try foods that might be outside of other children's comfort zones?

    Let them help plan meals, then let them help shop and cook. Instead of asking, "What do you want?" give them two great options, "Do you want roasted vegetables or fruit, yogurt and granola?" I also think that kids should watch Bizarre Foods. Then their parents can ask, "Don't you think he would eat his broccoli?"
  • 5

    How do you get your children to cook with you? How can other parents make food more enticing than video games?

    You're the boss, turn off the video games! If your kids are reluctant cooks, offer them rewards for helping out. Buy your kids their own cutting boards and stepstools so the kitchen becomes more accessible. Take a cooking class together so you both can learn. Bring your kids to a Latin or Asian market and encourage them to explore. Make the food itself fun by tinting gnocchi with food coloring and calling them "dinosaur eggs."
  • 6

    How do you encourage your child to eat healthy, balanced meals?

    By serving healthy, balanced meals. We also talk about the problems associated with sugars, corn syrup, artificial ingredients and so on. Noah loves to eat well because his mom and dad place a premium on it.
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