A Few More Thoughts on That Home Cooking Story . . .

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 9, 2014

Before we resume TLT’s fifth annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch Series” tomorrow, I just wanted to share a few more thoughts about yesterday’s post regarding an article, The Joy of Cooking?,” which posits that most women generally loathe cooking and that we’ve all been fed an overly romanticized view of the task by writers […]


I’m interrupting TLT’s “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series to tell you about a debate over family dinner that’s erupted in the blogosphere — and why just about everyone involved is ticking me off. The scuffle began last week when Amanda Marcotte of Slate‘s XX Factor blog wrote “Let’s Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner,” a post that went […]


Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss’s compelling expose of how the food industry has “hooked” us on highly processed foods, concludes that “only we can save us” from the hazards of the modern American diet.  In other words, while we wait around for Big Food to voluntarily reform itself, or for our government to compel it to do so (developments I’m not sure […]


“The Family Cooks:” Book Review and Giveaway!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 25, 2014

Back in 2011, I had the honor of interviewing Laurie David, author of The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time.  At that time, Laurie was better known for her environmental activism and as the executive producer of the Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” but she and her co-author, chef Kirstin Uhrenholdt (whom I […]


12 Adults, 16 Kids, 8 Years of Family Dinners

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 29, 2012

[Ed. Note:  This post was written as part of the wonderful Blog for Family Dinner project, where it is cross-posted today. This month’s B4FD theme is “All Kinds of Families.” ] On TLT I write a lot about the importance of family dinner, but I know all too well that for busy working families, getting everyone […]


My Son Learns to Cook, But Who Is Teaching the Rest of Our Kids?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 4, 2011

Lately my nine-year-old son has shown some interest in helping me out in the kitchen, so I recently enrolled him in a five-day cooking class.  On the first day he was reluctant to go but when I picked him up a two hours later he was positively brimming with excitement, eager to tell me (and […]


In my post yesterday responding to Mark Bittman’s op-ed on food taxes, I cited a 2011 OECD study which ranked America dead last among twenty nations surveyed in terms of time spent cooking — Americans currently devote, on average, only thirty minutes or less each day in food preparation. So the findings of a new […]


From Barilla Pasta: Feed the Hungry and Get a Free Cookbook!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 16, 2010

I was recently contacted by the pasta brand Barilla regarding their “Share the Table” program, which was created to help families come together more often over shared meals. Between now and October 15th, visit www.ShareTheTable.com and click on the icon that says you “believe in meaningful meals.” When you do, Barilla will donate $1 to […]


Am I a Control Freak? — A Reader Pushes Back

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 27, 2010

Yesterday I expressed some minor disagreement with the goals of a new website, Zisboombah, which claims that it will end “kid friendly meal battles” in your house by allowing “children to take control of meal time, and pick their own chow!”  Kids play a game to come up with menus which are then sent to the […]


Playing With Food at “Zisboombah”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 26, 2010

I just learned about an interesting new kid-and-food web site called Zisboombah which is designed to “help parents create kid friendly dinners with the help of their children.” Kids play a game called Pick Chow! to create a dinner they’d like to eat, and this meal is then sent to their parents.   Kids have to […]