Book Review: Funny Food

Photo of cover of "Funny Food" for book review by Charis Freiman-Mendel author of "Cook your way through the s.a.t."

"Funny Food" is laugh out loud funny.

Parents can no longer ADMONISH their kids, “don’t play with your food,” thanks to the recently published, “Funny Food,” a book that makes fooling with food a high art form. For the last 50 years, Bill Wurtzel has entertained his wife Claire by feeding her edible art for breakfast. His kids and grandkids are lucky enough to also be in on the fun. The result of Bill’s labor of love is a beautiful book that showcases his OEUVRE, 365 photos of playful, creative dishes, one for each day of the year. The book also offers food tips, recipes, nutritional insights and a step-by-step guide showing how to make a few of his breakfast designs.

Photo of bar mitzvah boy from "Funny Food" book for book review by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of "Cook Your way through the s.a.t."

Egghead bar mitzvah boy is my favorite of all of Bill Wurtzel's creations.

“Funny Food” is an innovative tool for families interested in spending quality time preparing healthy breakfasts, discussing good nutrition and getting kids to use their imagination. The book features breakfasts that include eggs, pancakes and waffles, oatmeal, fruits and veggies, cereal, pita, yogurt, nuts, cheese and jam, enough of a variety that even the most finicky eater can be satisfied. Mealtime really can be joyful.

Bill and Claire have been conducting funny food workshops for kids in New York City schools for the last year. They are concerned about childhood obesity and hope to promote healthy eating by inspiring kids to make good food choices and empowering positive eating habits. They understand that making healthy food look good actually makes it more PALATABLE. Speaking from personal experience, school cafeterias could also learn a thing or two from this book!

Photo of parsley man from "Funny Food" book for book rebiew by Charis Freiman-Mendel, author of "cook your way through the s.a.t."

This guy definitely helps the veggies go down easy.

“Funny Foods” is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The book is informative, and as the title suggests, funny for kids of all ages (even the grownup ones). “Funny Food”  is available on Amazon. For more information about the book, Bill and Claire Wurtzel and their workshops, visit

The last sentence of the book is, “”And of course, don’t forget to eat your veggies!” I hope this means Bill will follow up with a “Funny Veggies” book.

Credits: From Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts by Bill & Claire Wurtzel. Welcome Books. Photographs © 2012  Bill Wurtzel.


  • ADMONISH = scold
  • OEUVRE = body of work
  • PALATABLE = appetizing

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