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).
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.
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