Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Health Eaters from High Chair to High School" is by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen.

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"FEARLESS FEEDING: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School" by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen, Jossey-Bass, $16.95, 432 pages (nf)

At first glance, the sheer girth of this book is daunting — but not as daunting as feeding children.

Pediatric nutrition experts Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen joined forces and compiled 432 pages of age-based chapters on what they call “fearless feeding.” Though it would have worked better in a three- or four-part series, “Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School” provides sound information for parents seeking help.

According to, this book “prepares parents by explaining what to expect at different stages of growth, whether it be picky eating, growth spurts or poor body image; helps parents work through problems such as food allergies, nutrient deficiencies and weight management, and identifying if and when they need to seek professional help; empowers parents to take a whole-family approach to feeding including maximizing their own health and well-being.”

Each chapter debunks food myths, provides “fearless facts” and age-based problem-solution tables. If parents want to improve their child’s eating habits — and are patient enough to dissect 432 pages — this book won’t disappoint.