What I am Reading: The Family Dinner

What I am Reading: The Family Dinner

Laurie David (ex-wife of the hilarious Larry David) shares beautiful recipes in The Family Dinner. Laurie explains how as a new mom, lacking "mom friends" and missing her career self, she made family dinner her "new project" and the process became life changing.  Her grown up daughters now, not only enjoy healthy meals, but linger, talk and share at the table long after the food is gone.

"I don't think there is one thing more important you can do for your kids than have family dinner." Ruth Reichl

The substantial book is broken into chapters including Fast Recipes, Cook Together at the Table Meals, Meatless Monday, Table Talk and even offers ways to adapt to dinner after divorce with Two Homes, One Table.  Recipes also include a Kids Can area that lists peeling cucumbers, squeezing limes and crumbling oregano to get the little ones involved.  Cook's Tips, Quick Tip, Leftover Tips and Let's Play (games to play at the table) are in colorful boxes throughout the cookbook.

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David offers Ten Simple Steps for successful family dinners.  The three our family needs to work on the most are.

1. No Phones

2. One Meal, No Substitutions

3. Everyone Tries Everything

I'm inspired and planning to prepare the Thai Chicken Wraps, Crispy Black Bean Cakes and Tofu Summer Rolls this week.

Have you read The Family Dinner?  What ways to get your family involved in meal times? What are you reading these days?  I always love your recommendations. 

You may also enjoy reading: Laurie's David's Take on the Family Dinner after Divorce and Six Reasons to Go on Family Walks. 

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