Struggling with picky eaters? The more that kids are exposed to delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients in their homes, the more likely they are to try new foods and develop healthy eating habits.

Start by brainstorming new recipes to try. Use a cookbook with kid-approved dishes like “A Chef Walks Into a Cafeteria … Healthy Family Recipes from California’s Premiere School Food Company.” The cookbook honors the flavor values of scratch cooking, while highlighting global culinary influences — with recipes actually served in school cafeterias.

Then bring your kids shopping with you to select new produce to try. Have kids roll up their sleeves and assist in the kitchen, mixing and measuring. You may soon find they’re now eating things they never would before.


Top food photography tips

The following tips for foodies looking to capture beautiful images come from Penny De Los Santos for National Geographic magazine.

1. Consider showcasing the ingredients as well as the finished product.

2. Think about how people relate to food, and take photographs of the food vendors and chefs.

3. When taking a photo of street food that is saucy and messy, make sure it is still identifiable.

4. Give yourself time to get a feel for the overall subject.

5. Think about how to tell a story with food, including the messy spoon.

6. Try going behind the scenes to see where food is being prepared.

7. Give your photo a sense of place by showing how it feels to be where you are.

8. Focus on how people are gathering around a table to share a meal.

9. Try to keep the featured food the focus of the photo.

10. Be alert and look for spontaneous moments.


Upside Down Martini

Several sources proclaim that famed chef and cookbook author Julia Child’s favorite martini was the “Upside Down Martini.” This recipe comes from

— 3/4 ounce gin

— 3 3/4 ounces vermouth

— Lemon twist

Combine the gin and vermouth in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain over a chilled glass and add a lemon twist as a garnish.

The post quotes the New York Times: “This is a martini that’s about as wet as it gets, and it happened to be Julia Child’s favorite cocktail. It’s one part gin to five parts vermouth.”


9 ways to immerse yourself in local food culture

According to Epicure & Culture, the following are nine ways travelers can immerse themselves in a local food culture.

1. Sample dishes specific to a region within a country.

2. Do a home or farm stay for authentic home-cooked meals.

3. Browse the supermarket for a truly immersive experience.

4. Sip local wines and beers in moderation.

5. Befriend a local chef to lean innovative twists on classic local recipes.

6. Take a cooking class and ask lots of questions.

7. Savor street food, which is often fresh and delicious.

8. Sip a national cocktail like mojitos in Cuba or pisco sours in Peru.

9. Frequent farmers markets to see where local food comes from.

— Brandpoint