As parents, we have a lot to deal with, and cell phones, computers, jobs, homework, baby care etc are making our jobs harder than ever. Who has time to cook let alone sit down and eat it? Many families do not have the luxury of time to cook and eat together. This holiday season there are a few new books worth buying that really will improve the way you eat and cook.
The Family Dinner
Research has proven that family connection and communication can be improved by the simple act of eating and talking together around the dinner table. Environmental activist and award-winning producer Laurie David has written a book on just that in an effort to help America’s overwhelmed families share dinner together! Her new book, The Family Dinner, is a practical, inspirational, fun, and, green guide to the most important hour in our day – the dinner hour. The Family Dinner is Laurie’s new inspirational book of ideas and recipes to help families connect at the dinner table.
The book includes over 75 delicious, kid-approved, easy-to-prepare recipes, dinner conversation starters, fun table games to help even the shyest child become engaged, tips on teaching green values to your kids, and specific family dinner advice for divorced and single parents. Laurie also includes the advice and “family dinner” memories from experts and luminaries such as Alice Waters, Mario Batali, Maya Angelou, Michael Pollan, Nora Ephron, Bette Midler, Sheryl Crow, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and many others. For more info on the book visit: www.thefamilydinnerbook.com
I love love love my slow cooker. It really makes the difference in my day to come home to an already made dinner. I know that it sometimes sounds like a kitchen accessory that your grandmother should use but do yourself a favor and taker her advice. Your slow cooker can be your best friend in the kitchen.
Get kids cooking without the fear of a hot stove or open flame with the first-ever kids’ slow cooker cookbook. Fix-It and Forget-It Kids’ Cookbook: 50 Favorite Recipes to Make in a Slow Cooker by Phyllis Pellman Good offers kids the direction and encouragement they need to prepare easy-to-make, tasty meals—everything from main courses to snacks to desserts. I have never tried a dessert made IN a crock pot but I bet it is fantastic.
With recipes such as Pizza Dip, Party Meatball Subs and Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake, the budding chef in your household will be back in the kitchen cooking up a storm.
Feast on Holiday Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Cornish Hens with Potatoes, Sausage Tortellini Soup, Fruited Turkey and Yams, Seafood Cheese Fondue, Vanilla Steamers, and Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake.