The Family Dinner: Great Ways To Connect With Your Kids, One Meal At A Time

Hardcover | November 3, 2010

byLaurie David, Kirstin UhrenholdtForeword byDr. Harvey Karp

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The producer ofAn Inconvenient Truth, Laurie David''s new mission is to help America''s overwhelmed families sit down to a Family Dinner, and she provides all the reasons, recipes and fun tools to do so.

Laurie David speaks from her own experience confronting the challenges of raising two teenage girls. Today''s parents have lots to deal with and technology is making their job harder than ever. Research has proven that everything we worry about as parents--from drugs to alcohol, promiscuity, to obesity, academic achievement and just good old nutrition--can all be improved by the simple act of eating and talking together around the table.

Laurie has written a practical, inspirational, fun (and, of course, green) guide to the most important hour in any parent''s day. Chock-full chapters include: Over seventy-five kid approved fantastic recipes; tips on teaching green values; conversation starters; games to play to help even the shyest family member become engaged; ways to express gratitude; the family dinner after divorce (hint: keep eating together) and much more. Filled with moving memories and advice from the country''s experts and teachers, this book will get everyone away from electronic screens and back to the dinner table.

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We are often nostalgic for the time when the world moved a little more slowly and family dinner was a daily event. But the reality often is a catch-as-catch can dinner, sometimes eaten standing, and often with different members of the family eating at different times. Enter Laurie David’s “The Family Dinner”, a luscious book which is at onc...

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The producer ofAn Inconvenient Truth, Laurie David's new mission is to help America's overwhelmed families sit down to a Family Dinner, and she provides all the reasons, recipes and fun tools to do so.Laurie David speaks from her own experience confronting the challenges of raising two teenage girls. Today's parents have lots to deal with and technology is making their job harder than ever. Resear...

Laurie David, ex-wife of Larry David, is a media savvy powerhouse. She founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, produced the Academy Award winning documentaryAn Inconvenient Truth,and launched theStop Global Warming College Tourwith Sheryl Crow. She's been featured on theOprah Winfrey Show,Today,andGood Morning America; is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and is author ofThe Down-to-Earth Guide to ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10.25 × 8.5 × 1 inPublished:November 3, 2010Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from lots of fun! This book has lots of fun ideas and is worth reading while your family is young.
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! While I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, I am solely basing my opinion on this book based on the wonderful ideas it provides on how to make the Family dinner more enjoyable. This is thoughtfully researched book that I could not put down due to all of the inspiration that it provides and the lovely pictures that accompany the text. If the recipes prove to be keepers, this will be a book that I would highly recommend. Even if they don't measure up the beginning of this book with it's wonderful ideas is worth the entire purchase of this book!
Date published: 2011-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! We are often nostalgic for the time when the world moved a little more slowly and family dinner was a daily event. But the reality often is a catch-as-catch can dinner, sometimes eaten standing, and often with different members of the family eating at different times. Enter Laurie David’s “The Family Dinner”, a luscious book which is at once a cookbook and a research-based call-out to the importance -- and joy -- of sitting down to dinner as a family. David, who produced the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, combines a treasure trove of recipes with latest findings that confirms another important truth -- taking the time to sit down with your children truly does impact their well-being. Tucked into this cornucopia of great eats and great ideas are fun things to do at the table, great conversation starters, and words of wisdom on food and family from the likes of Alice Waters, Mario Batali, Nora Ephron, Maya Angelou and Mark Bittman. I loved everything about this book -- how easy, approachable and delicious the recipes look, the way it underscores an old idea in a very new way, and it being the perfect gift for a son or daughter this holiday -- a book which is way more than just a book.
Date published: 2010-11-08