Friday, November 26, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide Day 15: The Family Dinner: Review and Giveaway

About The Book:


The producer of An 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.






About The Author:


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 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and launched the Stop Global Warming College Tour with Sheryl Crow. She's been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and Good Morning America; is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and is author of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming (Scholastic, 9/07).


My Review:


This is a fantastic addition to any family's cookbook/recipe collection. It is so much more than a regular cookbook though. After reading The Family Dinner, I have come away with ideas that will make our family meal times together fun and exciting, so my children will want to sit with us and have a conversation


. Although my children are only four and two years of age, there were some awesome ideas I can use right away. For example,


1. Having my four year old help me set the table has been an awesome addition to my daily routine. I have been doing this sporadically over the last year or so (she loves putting out the cutlery and plates) but now doing it regularly enough that she reminds me daily that it is "her job" to set the table. I love it!


2. I absolutely love the list of conversation starter questions. We have used the following with our girls: "tell me one thing that made you happy today"


3. We have played a couple of the games for younger children, including "When I Grow Up", The Alphabet Game". We also play I Spy or a Rhyming Game, so we can include our two year old more.


4. We already use a family grace to say before our meals, but we now take turns saying, so we can include the girls more.


5. Getting kids involved with meal prep - even my two year old helps out. It is a great way to incorporate science and math in our daily living, and teaches the girls some great homemaking skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.


There are so many wonderful activities in The Family Dinner, that will suit all family sizes and ages. I also love that the book includes so many wonderful sounding recipes. One chapter that really impacted me was, "Meatless Mondays" as it gives the reader fantastic resources for eating less meat. This is healthier for us, and helps us financially in this day of economic hard times.  I made roasted vegetables one night, and added a Dijon Vinaigrette (from this book) and it was delicious. More importantly, my kids loved it (had seconds) and my husband has asked me to make it again too!


Dijon Vinaigrette for Roasted Vegetables


1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon honey
1 and 1/2 cups olive oil
salt, pepper, and sugar to taste


To Make 2.5 cups:


In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, garlic, shallot, and honey. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to emulsify. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and sugar.


If you have children, or are looking for a Christmas gift for the various families in your life, I highly recommend The Family Dinner! You will not be disappointed.


BUY IT: You can purchase The Family Dinner online through Amazon.com - it is also available at your local bookseller


WIN IT: 
One (1) reader 
will win a copy of 
The Family Dinner 
by Laurie David


MANDATORY ENTRY: Tell me one of your favorite holiday recipes


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6. Head over to Hachette and tell me one other book you would love to read


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GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADA ONLY (NO P.O. BOXES PLEASE)


GIVEAWAY ENDS DECEMBER 9, 2010


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!


****Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail***


****I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Hachette Book Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

50 comments:

  1. A favorite holiday recipe would be latkes. We make this special treat once a year and they are yummy and easy to make. thanks for this wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. A book from Hachette that I would enjoy reading is Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. My favorite family recipe is a macaroni and cheese recipe passed down from my grandmother.

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  6. I would like the new James Patterson book Tick Tock on the Hachette site.

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  7. A recipe that I enjoy during the holidays is eggplant parmesan with bruschetta. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I would like to read Try to Remember. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. my favorite holiday recipe is a salad made with Acini(so very tiny pasta)called Acini Salad; it has fruit and whipped cream etc. in it.

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  14. Head over to Hachette and tell me one other book you would love to read: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
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  16. My favorite holiday recipe is roasted goose with red cabbage. So tasty! :)

    Sounds like a fantastic book! Thanks for the contest :)

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  20. The Capital Game by Brian Haig looks really interesting from Hachette's page.
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  21. One of my favorite holiday recipes is for Cream Cheese Braid. It is my daughter's favorite.

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  26. I would love to read CLEOPATRA by Stacy Schiff.

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  28. I love making cinnamon roll pancakes christmas morning

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  29. I'd love to get the tumtum and nutmeg books for my girls from hachette

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  30. my favourite holiday recipe is...cranberry pie...or actually, anything w/ cranberries in it :)

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  32. Our favorite holiday recipe is Krumkaka, a yummy scandinavian cookie in the shape of a cone. qtpies5@msn.com

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  33. I'm a GFC follower. My fav recipe is a homemade mac 'n cheese recipe that I have posted on my blog. Sounds like an interesting read. :)

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  34. Our favorite holiday recipe is Nut Goodie Bars....mmmm....thanks for the chance to win...

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  35. One of my favorite holiday recipes is spinach triangles. My mom and I make them every year. It's filo dough, spinach, a few different cheeses and butter rolled up in triangles. They are wonderful right out of the oven.
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  38. We have a strange tradition of making omelettes on Christmas morning. My favorite recipe to go along with them is latkes. Yes--we have a religiously mixed family!

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  39. My favorite holiday dish is the sweet potatoe casserole (yams) with plenty of just browned marshmellows on top. I'm also up for the pumpkin pie.

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  40. I like cranberries and apples ground and mixed with sugar to taste.

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  41. I'd like to read Cross Fire by James Patterson

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  42. It isn't Christmas without my mom's truffles and my oreo balls! Staciele(at)netins(dot)net

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