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The Family Dinner: Getting Closer One Meal at a Time

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With all of the busiest in our lives sitting down with our families at dinnertime is one of the most important tools to connecting with our children. Laurie David, activist and producer, talks frankly about this is her new book The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids One Meal at a Time, a guide to eating with over 75 recipes, green values, games and words of wisdom from famous chefs (Jaime Oliver and Mario Batali) to poets (Dr. Maya Angelou and Billy Collins). We got to preview the book and meet the author at a recent event.

Developed with Kirstin Uhrenholdt, this book is not only an ode family mealtime but also an inspirational guide on how spending this time together can create a fun, healthy and happy family. Since David is a green advocate, the recipes in the book are environmental-friendly and healthy with a focus on using local and sustainable ingredients such as a Sunday-afternoon Chicken with lentils and leeks, sweet corn and vegetable lasagna, and a green linguini with pesto.

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David also focuses on cooking with the kids and includes several tips such as giving your child an apron, talking about the ingredients and of course having fun by planning music. Noodlepanpie (broccoli wand cheese), Caesar pizza pies and a cheese frittata are just some of the kid-friendly recipes that David suggest.

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The book also focuses on '??family time'?? and talking as a way to engage children and provide them with the necessary tools to have a conversation. Try listening and not interrupting when people speak. Since conversation can be difficult '?? for both children and adults '?? David says that table talk games are a way to encourage talking without pulling anyone'??s teeth to say how their day was. Some of these engaging games David focuses on include word games, conversation starters and vocabulary builders to encourage creativity and for children to expand their minds.

As a divorced mother (David was once married to Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm), the book also focuses on how to have a family dinner after a marriage ends. David states that she still has family dinners with Larry since '??kids need the comfort of routine more than ever.'? She emphasizes that the rituals that she built with Larry are still a part of their children'??s lives and shouldn'??t be taken away from them '?? despite her divorce. David's refreshing and honest take on divorce is a beautiful story about awkward moments turned into meals that her and her daughter's now enjoy.

This book not only focus on healthy meals for our kids, but it services as a inspirational guide filled with conversation, morals, and tools to start focusing on what is truly important.

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Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: Momtrends was not paid for this post.

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