Nicholas Day writes about the science and history of infancy and childhood. He also writes about food and cooking. He rarely refers to himself in the third person.


On small humans

How Babies Work, my infancy blog at Slate

Tear Down the Swing Sets (on the new loose parts craze), Slate Magazine

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon?! (on absurdism in children's books), Slate Magazine

I Giggle, Therefore I am (on the deeper implications of tickling), Slate Magazine

The Rebirth of Recess, Slate Magazine

Down With Training Wheels (on balance bikes, the new old thing), Slate Magazine

I Remember Mama and Dada (on the science of early memory), Slate Magazine

Hardheaded (on the menace of sledding helmets), Slate Magazine

Why do Babies Smile?, Slate Magazine

Can Your Baby Wield a Machete? (on the nonsense of developmental norms), Slate Magazine

Babies Suck: The Twisted History of Pacifiers,


On food, the environment, and horsemeat

Preschoolers with Knives (on the wisdom of three-year-olds chopping carrots), Slate Magazine

Beyond Wontons (on the cookbook Beyond the Great Wall, bout the food of China's ethnic minorities), Slate Magazine

A Taste of Honey (the promise and problem of mead), Slate Magazine

A Corporate Approach to Rescuing Fisheries (an early report on the Walmarts of the world and their sustainable seafood initiatives), Yale Environment 360

Bye-Bye Bell's (n the insanity of liquor law), Chicago Reader

What's Wrong with School Lunch? (and an attempt to make it right), Chicago Reader

Please Kill Me (on the shortage of organic slaughterhouses), Chicago Reader

Pie in the Sky? (on the complexities of opening an organic restaurant), Chicago Reader

They Eat Horses, Don't They? (yes, they do), Chow Magazine





From Dinner vs. Child, my column on

Homey, Coconut-y Red Lentil Dal (and some disclosures about late-night Googling)

A Weirdly Emotional Holiday Season Column (with Alsatian gingerbread as a seasonal bonus)

Braised Red Cabbage for Dessert (even if you eat it for dinner)

Pickled Chipotles for Thanksgiving (just like the Pilgrims ate)

Bright Red Hummus (from beets, natch)

The Perils of Pie Pumpkins (and why Halloween is actually a holiday about the complexities of plant breeding) 

Chicken Liver Pate for Kids (no seriously I swear)

Blackened Fish (for your 1980s dinner theme night)

Fruit-Laden Whole Grain Pancakes (and the appendix to the Contract of American Fatherhood)

Planning Dinner: Confessions (and not least, grilled peanut tofu)

Blueberry Fool (4 ingredients plus you)

Green Pancakes (and cooking with children hanging from your limbs)

Pantry Quinoa Salad (on the salvation of fewer options)

Mango Lassi-sicles (and not just because that's fun to say)

Your New Weekend Breakfast (and the deep deviousness of the American father)

Noodles in the Time of Cholera (but good for other times too)

Macaroni Peas (peas as sauce, not punishment)

Anchovies: The New Salt (and a grand unified theory of how small humans eat)

Bananas plus Coconut Milk Equals (on children being mostly made of nanas)

Labneh Tart Now, Labneh Tart Forever

Carrots for Dinner, 6 ways (not just carrots, though)

This Year's French Onion Soup (or next year's, really)

Eat Your (Sichuanese) Beans (on Chinese vegetables and Fuchsia Dunlop's Every Grain of Rice)

A Tale of Two Gratins (n children eating, and not eating, what they cook)

A Warming Soup for the Freezer (hickpeas, farro, kale, and a plea)

Eggs for Dinner, 6 Way (New Year's unresolutions)

Panforte: A Fruitcake to Remember (or just devour)

Sweet-Sour Cabbage Soup (the Russian Jewish staple)

A Sweet Potato Sandwich Loaf (and the problem of the day after Thanksgiving)

Dinner in a Bottle (lo soi and Charles Phan's Vietnamese Home Cooking)

Yes, We Can Have Sweet Potatoes for Dinner (and in salad)

This Little Hamburger Went to Burma (in praise of Naomi Duguid)

Corn Chowder (for dinner or dessert)

The Easy Sell: Eggplant Dip with Yogurt (for a nation of dippers)

Kale and Other Pestos (within reason, mind you)

Baking with Children: Soft Pretzels (on having really helpful helpers)

Yogurt Soups, for Dinner (in summer, out of desperation)

Pizza: The Seasonal, Whole Wheat Version (but don't hold that against it)

Bagna Cauda: Dressing for Dinner (eat your anchovies, dear)

The Family Cookbook Problem (on Dinner: A Love Story)

Shu Mai: The Dumpling World's Bill & Ted (and easier than you think)

The Sardine that Saved Dinner (he biggest little fish of all)

Dal with Golden Raisins (and the appeal of the quicker-cooking legumes)