The Family Dinner – So much more than just a cookbook

The Family Dinner book by Laurie DavidThere are some women out there who seem to overachieve the pants off of the rest of us. Environmentalist, author, producer and mother of two Laurie David is one of those ladies. Her latest project is The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, a cookbook/memoir/inspirational ode to the importance of family mealtime.

David has packed the book full of easy tips on everything from
how to set the table for take-out Chinese food, ways to get the kids to
taste everything on the table, dinner table conversation starters, and
of course, greening your dinner experience. David even devotes a whole
chapter to family dinners after divorce — something she had to face
after her split from husband Larry David. I was moved by her writing about their unorthodox decision to “nest” (“when a split couple move
back and forth in and out of the shared house so that the kids don’t
have to.”) for the sake of keeping the family dinner alive.

Cool Mom Picks Pick of the Year 2010It’s fun reading advice from the author’s celeb friends, including Nora Ephron, Alice
Waters, Mario Batali, Bette Midler and Sheryl Crow who weigh in with
advice and dinner table memories. Plus with a foreword by Dr. Harvey
“The Happiest Baby on the Block” Karp and an afterword by Jonathan
Safran Foer, you know this is not your average cookbook.

I find the recipes themselves to be really good and super-easy to follow. There’s
black bean soup, arroz con pollo and a very tasty “pea nutty noodles,”
which I made for lunch the day after I got the book. Full disclosure: my
son watched Sesame Street as he ate the noodles…does that still count
as family mealtime?  –Melissa

The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David from The Family Dinner Book website, or from our affiliate, Amazon.


Melissa Schweiger is a seasoned author, journalist, blogger and proud mom of two troublemaking boys.

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