Book Giveaway: Hungry Monkey

by Sarah Henry on August 4, 2009 · 38 comments

in food book giveaways,food books,kids & food

Picky eater. I’m one. I’m raising one. Really dislike the term. Can’t we come up with a better way to describe ourselves? I sometimes say “particular” or “quirky” as an alternative to the cliche “picky.” Any ideas, dear readers?

hungry-monkeyThere’s a free, autographed copy of Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Matthew Amster-Burton to the person who, in my humble opinion, comes up with the best alternative term for those who are, um, a tad fussy about what they’ll put on their fork.  I can report that the book’s simple little recipe for cumin-ginger carrot coins is a big hit in my home (and prior to this dish my boy would only eat carrots RAW, like all his veggies.) I know, I should have such problems. Plus, the author is funny, about food, kids, and other stuff — including, well, picky eating. Find reviews on his virtual book tour.

Send me your picky eater replacement phrase and I’ll pick a winner by 10 P.M. PST on Sunday August 9.

There’s a post on the picky eater phenomenon pending — with insights you might find surprising. In the interim, read what my friend Paula Spencer says on the subject this week for Woman’s Day.

Update: Wow! Thanks to all for chiming in — and for some terrific alternatives to the term “picky eater.” I may borrow some of these in my post on the subject. It was tough to choose just one but the autographed copy of Hungry Monkey goes to….Nancy for her choosy chow-hound suggestion. It’s witty, fun, and puts a positive spin on a challenging trait.  Some may see it as an oxymoron, but those with choosy chow-hounds know that they can eat a lot — just not a lot of variety, or they’re particular about how the food is cooked, cut, or plated.

Nancy: Send me your contact details and I’ll ship the book off to you. I’m heading out of town today, so if I don’t hear from you soonish I’ll post it when I return next week. My email is: sarahhenry0509@gmail.com.

Thanks again for playing. And stay tuned for another cool food book giveaway in September.

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Alicia Webster August 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

My husband is picky but he’ll tell you that he has “refined tastes”.

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Gabriel J. August 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

My partner’s favorite: it’s tasteless so why bother!

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joye August 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Selective Eaters. :)

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Nancy August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Here’s a few that come to mind, presented for your enjoyment …

Choosy chow-hounds
Selective slurpers
Elegant eaters
Demanding diners
High-quality quaffers

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Julie August 5, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Discriminating palette

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Shannan Hunt August 5, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Spoiled brats! Thats what my husband calls our “picky eaters.”

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Carol Lawrence August 6, 2009 at 4:40 am

NoFood-nik is my contribution. jelly15301@gmail.com

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Denise B. August 6, 2009 at 10:21 am

Food-Challenged

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Mia J. August 6, 2009 at 10:21 am

finicky foodies.

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cassy August 7, 2009 at 6:14 am

Not Brocolli again?!?

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kimberly August 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Growing up, we couldn’t say we didn’t like something. We had to take a “no thank you bite” to be polite. My parents would both shout at us as soon as they saw us make a face at something.

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Christine V August 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Food-Challenged

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Rita A August 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Tastebud dysfunctional — my husband.

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marina August 8, 2009 at 3:47 am

selective tastebud connoisseur

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Erma August 8, 2009 at 5:38 am

It’s icky to the max- my son

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Diane Baum August 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

A picky eater is simply a hyper-sensitive taster, a pain in the neck to cook for…

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Diane Baum August 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

A picky eater is simply a hyper-sensitive taster, a pain in the neck to cook for…

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Diane Baum August 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

A picky eater is simply a hyper-sensitive taster, a pain in the neck to cook for…

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Diane Baum August 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

A picky eater is simply a hyper-sensitive taster, a pain in the neck to cook for…

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Mishia August 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

My little one said: “I didn’t grow up eating that, that is why I don’t like it now.”

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Ed Nemmers August 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

We do not want to be a food snob, like Aunt Gretchen now, do we?

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Melanie August 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Stubborn.

Ha, to me that’s all it is.

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Rachel Newman August 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

“Some things were just not meant to be eaten.” — Me as a kid. :)

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Grant August 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

discerning eaters though I’m not sure a euphemism is a good thing here. hehehe

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Benita G. August 8, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I want to say fuss-pot, but it’s so negatively slanted.

Politically correct might be food challenge.

But the line I heard years ago that stays with me is “Vegetables? You mean, forgetables.”

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Susan Smith August 9, 2009 at 7:52 am

My husband calls my daughter a picky princess.

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Kelly F August 9, 2009 at 8:01 am

A fussy foodie!

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Sarah August 9, 2009 at 11:53 am

Variety challenged.

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Elizabeth August 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

A moody foodie is what I say.

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Miranda Allen August 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

food challenged

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susan smoaks August 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm

My husband is picky, he doesn’t like everything, I do.

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Maja August 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm

my son – the food evader

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Chrysa August 9, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Slightly fussy!

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Janet August 9, 2009 at 8:33 pm

finicky foodies

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Renee Weiner August 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Many picky eaters just don’t get it. They often miss out on important vitamins, nutrients, fibers…the list goes on.

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Lily Kwan August 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Discriminating palate

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