Jamie Oliver:

Fussy eaters.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

PAR­ENTS of fussy eaters, Jamie Oliver has some tough news for you.

“I’m sorry to break it to you, but kids aren’t born ge­net­i­cally wired to eat nuggets and burg­ers,” the fa­ther of five says.

“When you go to parts of the world where you don’t have is­sues with child­hood obe­sity and that doesn’t track into early adult­hood dis­ease, what you see very clearly is that food hasn’t been mar­keted to them yet.”

So it’s no sur­prise that in his lat­est TV ven­ture, Oliver is once again in­cor­po­rat­ing his love of good food and nu­tri­tion with his love of feed­ing his fam­ily.

Jamie’s Su­per Food Fam­ily Clas­sics is packed with in­ter­est­ing and easy-to-di­gest nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion along with recipes that will get the whole fam­ily’s sali­vary glands go­ing – and that in­cludes the lit­tlest and fussi­est of them.

Along with his wife Jools, Oliver says he un­der­stands the frus­tra­tion that par­ents can ex­pe­ri­ence when their kids turn up their noses at what’s put in front of them.

“As a par­ent, you rarely get thanked for do­ing the right thing,” he says.

“As I get more worldly about be­ing a par­ent, I re­alise of­ten you’re de­fined by what you say ‘no’ to, not what you say ‘yes’ to.

“When it comes to food, my kids have good days and bad days. You can be all purist and say, ‘Look, no TV at din­ner time’ or ‘No iPads at the din­ner ta­ble’ – and I do say that.

“But the truth is, if Buddy (6) is be­ing a lit­tle sod and not eat­ing his din­ner and he’s just in a funny mood, my wife puts an iPad in front of him and he goes into a trance and eats his din­ner. So the point I’m mak­ing is that per­fec­tion doesn’t ex­ist. Ul­ti­mately if you try, you’re in a league of your own. And if you care, you’re in the top league al­ready.”

Just like all of Oliver’s TV se­ries and recipe books, the ba­sic premise of cre­at­ing fun food you can en­joy at home with your fam­ily and friends re­mains. He’ll give us healthy ver­sions of favourites like mac and cheese and ham­burg­ers but he’ll also stretch our imag­i­na­tion with in­ter­est­ing twists on pasta, cur­ries and stews.


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