Barbarians at the Plate: Taming and Feeding the Modern American Family

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A wry and practical guide to the family meal.

Veteran food writer and columnist Marialisa Calta offers advice, strategies, and recipes from families across the country, addressing the peculiar challenges and delights of enjoying dinner as a family.

Part cookbook, part survival manual, part humor book, part voyeuristic peek into our neighbors' kitchens, Barbarians at the Plate...

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Overview

A wry and practical guide to the family meal.

Veteran food writer and columnist Marialisa Calta offers advice, strategies, and recipes from families across the country, addressing the peculiar challenges and delights of enjoying dinner as a family.

Part cookbook, part survival manual, part humor book, part voyeuristic peek into our neighbors' kitchens, Barbarians at the Plate is a field guide to an all-too-endangered species these days: the family meal.

Barbarians at the Plate covers:

- Last-minute meals
- Slow-cookers and other effort-saving appliances
- Barbecuing
- Making the most of leftovers
- Accommodating picky eaters
- Creating mealtime traditions
- Getting everyone to participate in cooking and clean-up
- Insights into the ways families survive and thrive around the dinner table

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Calta's book might be subtitled The Importance of the Dinner Table, for she strongly believes in family meals eaten together. Yet she recognizes the realities of today's hectic lifestyles and here offers workable solutions for busy moms and dads. "Strategies for Planners" provides recipes to be made in the slow cooker or cooked ahead and frozen, along with "Once-a-Week Recipes," big dishes that guarantee plenty of leftovers; "Strategies for Last-Minute Cooks" includes stir-fries, saut s, and other quickly made meals. The author, who writes a syndicated newspaper column called "Food," interviewed families across the country for this book; vignettes of dinnertime at these various households appear throughout. There are also appendixes on nutrition, shopping, and food safety, and each chapter concludes with a list of recommended cookbooks on the same subject. Although Barbarians isn't as entertaining as Ann Hodgman's One Bite Won't Kill You, any busy parent will find dozens of ideas and easy recipes here. Recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399531521
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Marialisa Calta is a syndicated food writer whose column, "Food," appears in 100 newspapers across the country. Her articles on food, travel, and lifestyles have appeared in New York Times, Gourmet, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, and Woman's Day. She is a co-author of The River Run Cookbook (with Jimmy and Maya Kennedy), and helped create the recipes for Al Roker's Big Bad Book of BBQ: 100 Easy Recipes for Backyard Barbecue by Al Roker. She lives with her husband and her two mostly civilized daughters.

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