Monday, October 25, 2010

Book review and giveaway: The Family Dinner




Congrats to my winner: mrsshukra
 
When I was a kid my family had a lot of traditions, but none was more important than family dinner time. Every evening you would find my parents, my brother and I gathered around the dinner table, sharing a meal.  It was such a good time for us to talk over our days and stay close, despite our busy schedules.  Now that my kids are getting older, my husband and I have been talking a lot about doing a better job with this- we know it's an important habit to get into.  Now that I've read The Family Dinner, by Laurie David, I'm even more determined and inspired to prioritize our family dinner time!


I've been trying to figure out how to describe this book in my review, since it's a bit of everything.  The subtitle of the book is "great ways to connect with your kids, one meal at a time", and that pretty much sums up the book better than anything I could come up with.  It's been a very long time since I read a book with so much great information in it.  The Family Dinner starts out with an introduction by the author, talking about how she came to develop her family's dinner time habit. It then continues on with a chapter discussing research about the importance of family dinner time and all the positive effects that result from it.

There are also chapters in the book with fast recipes, ideas for making dinner together at the table, make-ahead recipes, discussions of taking care of the environment, ideas for table conversations, things to read around the table and so much more. Each chapter contains even more than its main topic and also has great quotes, small boxes of dinner time ideas, and interviews with famous people about family dinner time. The pictures and the graphics are very nicely done, and everything is enjoyable to look at. Even if you only have time to read a bit of this book at a time, you will be flooded with inspiration and ideas for making your family dinner time a success.

Life is busy these days, and we're all so plugged in to technology and disconnected from each other.  So I think family dinner time is even more vital in this time than it ever has been before. If you agree and would like some ideas on how to really make your family dinner time work, whatever your situation, check this book out!  You can visit the book's website for information on where to buy a copy for yourself.

And I have great news- one of you will win a copy of this fabulous book for your family! Open to US and Canadian mailing addresses.

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Just let me know one thing that you do to make family dinner time a success at your house. Or let me know why you'd like to make family dinner time more of a priority!

Extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each one that you do):
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2. Enter any of my other currently ongoing giveaways. Please leave a separate comment for each! 
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6. Put my button up on your blog (code on the right side of this page) and let me know where I can find it!

Giveaway will close at 9PM Pacific time on November 15, 2010. I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will then have 48 hours to respond.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to the Product Review Place and Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

83 comments:

Amy B. said...

I try to cook foods that I know my family will eat

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jan said...

I was raised "old school" - dinner was at a certain time every night & the family joined together at the table for dinner. I try as much as possible to continue that. it's not always possible with our busy lives, but I try to adhere to it as much as I can- I think it's very important. It's a tradition that sadly seems to have gone by the wayside.

Angela K. said...

We always pray before we eat - I think it's a good way of being together & giving thanks for the food that we have.
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jakiesmom said...

i'd like to make it better by eating together more, cause i'm hoping maybe my son would start trying more new foods after seeing us eat them
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dor said...

I always like to make a little favorite thing for everyone. Just something small but I know it makes each person feel special.

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Susieqtpies said...

It is important to have family time. We thrive on it. It gets difficult when you have tween & teens but it is even more important because dinner time ends up being talking time when otherwise they are texting their friends. arteachersusan at gmail dot com

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Amanda said...

We make a point to eat dinner together every day. Also, we do not answer the phone during dinner.

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Louis H said...

I try to ad variety and alternate with our favorite foods

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Louis H said...

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Swedish said...

I try to make dinner time successful by trying new and challenging recipes... That means going outside the norm and comfort zone. At times this method is a roaring success and other times a dismal failure, but it always keeps things interesting and engaging. Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

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Swedish said...

I'm an active email subscriber. Thanks!

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Swedish said...

I'm a public Google Friend Follower. Thanks!

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I've also entered the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook Giveaway... Thanks!

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Benita said...

To make family time a success we all cook together. It's fun and quality time well spent.

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wmmahaney said...

With my husband and I each working different hours this year, we are struggling with how to do family dinner. I could really use any help this book could give.
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rubymoon said...

We make family dinner a priority because that seems to be the one time everyone is in the same place at the same time.

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Christine H said...

I'd love to win this book for my sister in laws family. They have little ones & we don't. But I know they try with their busy schedules and all the kids games to try to make dinner special. I think this book could make it better for them.

Thanks, Chirth7@yahoo.com

Christine H said...

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Kathleen said...

Family dinners have been something my husband and I have done since before our kids were born. Since they've been born, they've each joined us at the table. It's natural to them, something we just do. We serve foods that they like, they get kid friendly dishes and utensils and we make it fun and part of our routine.
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tami_girl said...

I plan our dinner meals a week in advance so I can focus on my family more at dinner time.

EnterCain said...

We take turns making special meals. Everyone in the family has a specialty the others look forward to eating!

mrsshukra said...

We all assist with the cooking and cleaning to make it more enjoyable!

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Jessica said...

I would like to make family dinner a priority so that when my hubby and I have kids we can teach them how important it is.

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Renee G said...

I try to prepare enough variety that everyone has at least something that they like to eat.
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PoCoKat said...

To make dinner time a success, I make sure everyone likes what is for dinner.

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