Now,whether or not Jessica Seinfeld lifted ideas from Chapman's book (and Slate makes a good case that she probably didn't), doesn't really concern me. In fact, I think the idea of sneaking vegetables into children's meals is hardly rocket science--or original. Most cooking parents have tried their hand at it at one time or another, with varying success. Personally, I think liberally adding bacon to just about any dish will usually guarantee a child will eat it. Or melting butter on top of it. Lots of butter.
Those aren't particularly healthy choices, however, so we press on, looking for ways to get something green past the lips of our recalcitrant child. What's wrong with these kids, anyway? How do they survive to adulthood on crackers and pasta, with the occasional glass of juice to wash it all down? Why are they even growing? The only answer my pediatrician has ever given to me to these important questions was a heavy sigh and a question back to affirm whether or not my child was taking a daily (sugar-filled gummy worm-shaped) multi-vitamin every day.