What inspired you to write your book?
My 5 year old would frequently complain that he hated the food we served – even if he had eaten it and loved it a week ago. We realized he just couldn’t keep track of the foods he liked, so we encouraged him to start keeping track. Since he is still learning to write, we encouraged him to draw pictures. Now when I serve baked beans and he says “I don’t like them!” we pull out his notebook, point to his drawings of baked beans, and he eats them with no complaint!
About your Book:
Hey kids – see that new food on your plate? Give it a try and then grab your Food Notebook and get to work. You can draw the food, circle the face that shows how you feel about the food and color in a star for trying it! This simple idea will work wonders for families with so-called picky eaters.
Cuisine Style or Food Genre
Kids & Families
Sample Recipe or Food Advice
What many parents think is pickiness is just forgetfulness in children who simply cannot remember if they’ve tried or liked a food before. After trying a food (new or not) kids can journal about the food, draw a picture, list a Flavor Buddy (like ketchup or parmesan cheese), circle the face that expresses their feelings about the food, and color in a star for every time they’ve tried it! Research shows that trying a new food about 10 times really gives children a chance to understand if they like it – and this great book gives kids a chance to express their feelings constructively and end dinner time battles.
What formats are your books in
How do you see writing a food/cookbook as different from writing other genres of books?
This book isn’t a story but actively engages children. I expect to make revisions to this book as I learn from parents and children!
What advice would you give to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a food book or cookbook
Experiment, listen and revise!
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I self-published. I knew I had a great idea and wanted to own the marketing and design aspects of this book. I feel it’s really a reflection of our family’s style (we like to try new things) and I did want to keep this close to my heart. I would advise new authors to get many quotes, plan to spend a decent amount of money on an excellent graphic designer, and get lots of advice before you push forward.
Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan is a writer, reader, runner, wife and mother of 3. She’s a freelance writer and social media manager from Pittsburgh, PA and the author of “The Bumpy, Grumpy Road” and “My Food Notebook.” Elizabeth and her family love to try new things – this summer Elizabeth tried triathlons and knitting!
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