Shut Up and Eat: Chicken, Children, and Chardonnay

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Amy Sedaris meets Erma Bombeck in this no-holds-barred look at that most fraught of family institutions: mealtime! In Kathy Buckworth's opinion, there's an inherent problem with the expectations around the family meal. On the one hand, you've got the experts who claim that sitting down to eat together can prevent children from getting into trouble while simultaneously creating close-knit families. On the other hand, you've got the moms, most of whom would rather be doing anything but standing in front of the ...

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Overview

Amy Sedaris meets Erma Bombeck in this no-holds-barred look at that most fraught of family institutions: mealtime! In Kathy Buckworth's opinion, there's an inherent problem with the expectations around the family meal. On the one hand, you've got the experts who claim that sitting down to eat together can prevent children from getting into trouble while simultaneously creating close-knit families. On the other hand, you've got the moms, most of whom would rather be doing anything but standing in front of the stove (drinking a glass of wine comes immediately to mind). Throw in the son who thinks his food tastes better on the blue plate with the fish, and the daughter who won't eat anything green, and you've got a recipe for disaster—not for familial peace and harmony!

Laugh-out-loud funny, more accurate than most of us would care to admit—and with a few recipes thrown in for good measure—Shut Up and Eat! is a must-read for any woman who's ever wondered: What the hell am I cooking tonight?

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  • ISBN-13: 9781554702800
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Apologies 9

Introduction: What Fresh Hell Is This? 13

Kathy's Kitchen Definitions 18

Kathy's Rules of the Kitchen 19

Part I Family Meals

1 Feeding Your Family: Moms and Dads and Food, Oh My! 23

2 Breakfast: The Most Annoying Meal of the Day 31

3 Lunch: Midday Disasters 47

4 Family Dinners: The Main Event 59

5 Snaks, Snaks. And More Bloody Snacks 115

6 Cooking with Children: Your Life, Their Hands 121

7 Grocery Shopping: Entering into the Gates of Hell 127

Part II Entertaining

8 Dinner and Drinks: Sounds Civilized, Doesn't It? 137

9 Everything's Relative: Feeding the In-laws and Outlaws 163

10 Children and Others Like Them: Food, Friends, and Fun. Not 185

Part III Take It Easy

11 Mom's Night Off: The Joys of Eating Out 195

12 Easy Does It: Drive Thru, Squeeze Bottles, and Other Conveniences 205

13 An Inconvenient Truth: Diet Diaries, Jenny Craig, and Me 219

Conclusion: The Whole Enchilada 235

Appendix: You Are Not Alone Q & A from Other Frustrated Moms 247

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