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It pains me to say it… but I have a fussy eater. It isn’t entirely her fault but I just didn’t see it coming! The only thing she disliked from the start was peas – she just couldn’t stand them, even when we had just started weaning. Other than that, she was a total food fiend and had the chubby cheeks to prove it. Then she started to get sick and the list of things she would eat rapidly decreased until I am left with a list so short I could write it on my forearm. Thanks to the fact she is waiting for surgery STILL to fix a throat and nose problem, her taste buds don’t like much AND she has a really low gag reflex which has also made her scared of trying food she doesn’t know is safe. I need help. So, coming in like a knight of a bright white horse is the new cookbook, Get Your Kids to Eat Anything by Emily Leary, founder and creator of the multi-award winning blog, A Mummy Too. Emily, very kindly sent me a copy of her book to review pre-release and I was so excited to take a peek…

As I previously said, Emily Leary is the creator of the multi-award winning blog A Mummy Too, a one stop shop for great recipes and tips on food, family and well life. She is also a lovely person and a great member of the blogging community from my observations. So add in that and the fact I have one of the fussiest eaters ever and a vegetarian for a daughter and I was desperate to take a look and review Emily’s debut book!

“Get Your Kids to Eat Anything is an achievable “how to” for parents in the battle to overcome picky eating and “make new the norm.” Emily Leary’s unique 5-phase programme looks at the issue of ‘fussy-eating’ in a holistic way that links imagination with food, and which situates parents alongside – not in opposition to – their children.”

To be honest, I was salivating from the first food picture because it just all looked so delicious. However, what was apparent right from the start was that this was indeed no ordinary cookbook. There are tables and almost “worksheet” style pages to fill in to stop and really make you think about food. The aim is to not only help fussy eaters stop being fussy but to also help your whole family step away from the same meals you have week in and week out.

Each phase has a clear explanation of what you’ll be doing and the goals and as I said, little tables to make notes and track progress. There are some great hands-on activities that the whole family can enjoy. We did try out one of Emily’s recipes (which I will share below) and I was shocked to discover that even though she knew what we had put into the recipe, Alyssa couldn’t wait to try one as soon as they were out of the oven. I have found in the past that if she helps me to cook, she is much more willing to try what has been made.

We tried out one or two recipes for the purpose of this review but I’ve now gone right back to the beginning to try the whole process out because judging by the small progress we have made so far, this book is going to make a huge difference to our lives. Thanks Emily – looks like you’ve written a right corker here!

We decided to have a go at making Emily’s Savoury Lunchbox Muffins. We made some muffins of our own last year when we did Pick Your Own fruit and made some Breakfast muffins so Alyssa knew the concept already and that she had enjoyed them so I thought this would be a great one to try with her and I was right!

I’ve been allowed by Emily to share the recipe with you, so here is Get Your Kids to Eat Anything’s Savoury Lunchbox Muffins Recipe just for you guys!

Irresistible muffins, packed with vegetables, cheese, sage and cumin, these are perfect to make at the weekend and then enjoy in packed lunches. If you’re following the Phase 2 activities, you can use home-grown sage plucked proudly from your very own herb garden.


2 medium free-range eggs

150ml (5fl oz) whole milk

a glass bowl with olive oil in it and a bottle pouring into it with fresh olives next to the bowl100ml (3½fl oz) olive oil

120g (4¼oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

2 teaspoons garlic granules

1 teaspoon dried sage or finely chopped sage leaves from your herb garden

1 teaspoon ground cumin

250g (9oz) frozen chopped vegetable mix

250g (9oz) self-raising flour

oil spray (if not using muffin cases)

salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), 180C fan, Gas Mark 6. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the milk and olive oil and beat again. Next, stir in the cheese, garlic granules, sage, cumin and vegetables.

Fold in the flour and some salt and pepper – the mixture will become stodgy, but don’t worry!

Line a 12-hole nonstick muffin tray with muffin cases (or lightly spray each muffin hole with oil). Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cases, making sure each one is level. Bake for 20–25 minutes, until golden on top.

Cool for a few minutes in the tray, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store the muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

an oven dish full of savoury paper wrapped muffins. top view

Book Credit: Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary, is published by Mitchell Beazley in March 2019, £16.99

You can buy your copy here.



  1. I definitely could have done with this book when my lot were younger !! I think these days though I’m the pickiest eater in the family and we definitely get stuck in food ruts here so maybe it could help us after all #ablogginggoodtime

  2. Oo the Muffins look lovely! This book looks like a must have for parents as fussy eating can be so frustrating! #ablogginggoodtime

  3. I can’t stop my kids from eating everything #ablogginggoodtime

  4. I would certainly be very happy to see one of those muffins in MY lunchbox!

    • Sam says:

      Sounds awesome a great resource to use especially when it comes to deciding meals for kids that help them eat the right food X #ablogginggoodtime

  5. The bane of every family’s life is serving a meal that pleases everyone – and they don’t get fed up of it. Could be a lifesaver!. #Ablogginggoodtime

  6. A good idea for a book. My little one isn’t so bad really thank goodness! #ABloggingGoodTime

  7. This sounds perfect for not only fussy eaters but as a whole family cookbook as well. I love a good cookbook #ablogginggoodtime

  8. Oh My goodness! I need this book! My youngest is the pickiest eater I’ve ever met. I swear if I have to eat one more freaking pizza I will scream! Thankfully he at age 12 is finally starting to eat steak (can we say expensive?) and pork chops but it’s a slow process. Pizza is often my fall back plan for when he stubbornly digs in his heels. Thanks so much for sharing this. I will definitely have to check this out. And thanks so much for hosting #ABloggingGoodTime

  9. Crummy Mummy says:

    This is quite a claim! I’m willing to bet there’s something in there that mine won’t eat! #ablogginggoodtime

  10. Berni says:

    I think I might get this book to expand the tastebuds of my fussy husband “get your old stubborn men to eat everything’ #ablogginggoodtime