Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cookbook review: The Family Dinner by Laurie David

The Family Dinner is less a cookbook (though it is) and more a reference manual on how to have consistent, fun, healthy family dinners where your kids eat what's on the table and everyone talks without fighting. (It is possible.) Laurie David was married to a famous TV producer; when they divorced, she wanted to maintain the family dinner structure at all costs, and this book is the result of that. Fortunately, it works just as well for us lesser mortals, even if we don't have Steve Martin over for dinner.

There are plenty of recipes, and also plenty of recipes your kids can make. There are creative conversation starters, games to play, things to read out loud, as well as chapters on how to bring all this together. It's a great book to have on hand if you want to start a family dinner routine, or if you've gotten out of the habit and need some ideas to bring your kids back in line.

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