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 also interviewed), had created a terrific resource for busy families trying to eat together more often, replete with recipes, tables games, discussion topics and more. If you haven’t yet read it, I encourage you to check it out.
Laurie’s again making news, this time with the pending release (May 9th) of a new documentary about the obesity crisis called Fed Up. Co-executive produced by Katie Couric, the film exposes a decades-long campaign by the food industry to confuse and mislead the public about the factors leading to weight gain, resulting in one of the largest health crises in our history. (I’ve seen a screener of the film, which is excellent, and am honored to be a member of Fed Up‘s advisory board.)
The film concludes with information on how Americans can fight against the obesity tide, and one of the most important pieces of advice is for families to reduce their reliance on restaurants and processed foods by getting back in the kitchen. To that end, Laurie and Kristin have banded together again to create a new book, The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes Guaranteed to Get Your Family Craving Food That’s Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You.
The Family Cooks is beautifully photographed and engagingly written in a causal, conversational tone. You feel as though your good friend has dropped over for a glass of wine during dinner prep and is sharing her favorite healthful recipes with you. The book includes useful tips on creating grocery lists, handling picky eaters and planning meals, and many recipes are so easy they’re marked with a “K” for “kids in charge.” You’ll find everything from reliable basics like “Weekday Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic” to more exotic dishes like “Curried Quinoa ‘Risotto.” It’s a great new resource for experienced and novice cooks alike, and I can’t wait to start cooking from it!
And now for the giveaway: one lucky reader can win a free copy of The Family Cooks just by leaving a comment below before 7 pm CST on Monday, April 28th. You can tell me why you’d like to win, your biggest family dinner challenge or you can just say hi. I’ll use a random number generator after the comment period closes to select one lucky winner and if you comment twice (e.g., to respond to another reader’s comment), I’ll use the number of your first comment to enter you in the drawing. I’ll email you directly if you win and announce the winner on TLT’s Facebook page, too. (This offer is open to U.S. residents only.)
[Blogger disclosure: As with most of my book reviews, I received a free copy of this book for my perusal. However, I never accept any other form of compensation for the book reviews you see on The Lunch Tray.]
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