BOOK NOTES: 'The 52 New Foods Challenge': Make Healthy Eating into a Family Game

By David M. Kinchen

I was not surprised to see praise from TV chef Rachael Ray in the publicity material for Jennifer Tyler Lee's "The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes" (Penguin Random House/Avery, large-format paperback, 336 pages, index, profusely illustrated, $20.00) but I was a little disappointed that First Lady Michelle Obama wasn't represented!

Ray: “A simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods.” —Rachael Ray’s Yum-O!

BOOK NOTES: 'The 52 New Foods Challenge': Make Healthy Eating into a Family Game


 I'm guessing the First Lady would approve Ray's coment -- and the overarching message of Jennifer Tyler Lee that sometimes you have to get creative to lead children -- and adults, too! -- into the world of healthy eating.

Like many parents, Jennifer Tyler Lee struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals. The answer, she discovered, was making it a game. “We’ll try one new food each week,” she told her kids. “You pick!” She called it the 52 New Foods Challenge.

In this week-by-week guide, Lee gives parents practical tips to dramatically change the way their families eat. Her helpful advice and the simple rules that her family followed will show parents how to start eating healthy every week of the year. Each week offers a healthy new food to try, from artichokes to zucchini, and includes easy recipes and fun activities to work on as a family—from learning to cook together to enjoying the farmers’ market to even experimenting with growing your own food.

With more than 150 simple, healthy recipes and advice from nationally acclaimed nutrition experts, The 52 New Foods Challenge shows parents how to enjoy mealtimes, plant the seeds of change at their family table, and easily incorporate healthy habits every day of the year. Guaranteed to inspire a child’s creativity and confidence in the kitchen and beyond, "The 52 New Foods Challenge" is the perfect companion for any busy parent who wants to stop stressing over mealtime and find a creative, playful solution to make this family ritual relaxing and fun. 

Jennifer Tyler Lee
Jennifer Tyler Lee


About the Author 

A  mother of two, Jennifer Tyler Lee is the author of "The 52 New Foods Challenge" (Penguin/Avery 2014) and the creator of the award-winning healthy eating game, Crunch a Color®. Her family culinary adventures have been featured at Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Rachael Ray’s Yum-O!, Pottery Barn Kids, and Laurie David’s Family Dinner. She is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post.

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