For families, eating right has become a monumental challenge.
Cultural messages convince us that we no longer have time to cook,
and food marketers spend billions persuading us that packaged,
processed food is convenient, satisfying . . . and the key to
happiness. Half of all our meals are now eaten outside the home.
The result? Skyrocketing rates of heart disease and diabetes and
unprecedented levels of childhood obesity. This crisis is movingly
portrayed in author and activist Laurie David's new documentary
(coexecutive produced with Katie Couric), Fed Up!
Luckily, we have a solution: Studies have clearly shown that
eating home-cooked meals reduces obesity and develops lifelong
healthy eating habits. There is an exciting movement afoot that
involves a skillet, a few good knives, and some fresh ingredients:
Home cooking is making a comeback.
In The Family Cooks, David inspires parents and kids to
take control of what they eat by making it themselves. With her
longtime collaborator, Kirstin Uhrenholdt, David offers more than
100 recipes that are simple, fast, "low in the bad stuff and high
in the good stuff," and designed to bring kids into the cooking
process. The authors also demystify cooking terms and break down
basic prep techniques, creating stress-free meals that foster
health, togetherness, and happy palates. The Family Cooks
is the ideal companion for unseasoned chefs of all stripes, whether
they're parenting or being parented.