Overview

A harried mother of two, Betsy Block is in pursuit of the perfect family meal: local, toxin-free, humane, and healthful. But soon she finds herself in a mealtime maze beset by conflicting, often unrealistic advice, and further complicated by two picky kids and a finicky husband. Determined not to give up the good-food fight, she comes up with a creative ten-step makeover plan. She consults experts, visits farms, and overcomes the pitfalls, struggles, and triumphs of eating well when busy schedules, surreptitious ...
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The Dinner Diaries

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Overview

A harried mother of two, Betsy Block is in pursuit of the perfect family meal: local, toxin-free, humane, and healthful. But soon she finds herself in a mealtime maze beset by conflicting, often unrealistic advice, and further complicated by two picky kids and a finicky husband. Determined not to give up the good-food fight, she comes up with a creative ten-step makeover plan. She consults experts, visits farms, and overcomes the pitfalls, struggles, and triumphs of eating well when busy schedules, surreptitious lunch trades, snack machines, permissive grandparents, and willful temptations intervene.

As entertaining as it is informative, The Dinner Diaries is for any family who wants to change the way they ear—one forkful at a time.

Includes charts, food lists, recipes, tips, and suggested culinary and farm programs for kids.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

In this healthy living self-help memoir, food writer Block makes the decision to improve her family's diet based on the latest research in nutrition and sustainable, earth-friendly food sources; with that choice, she and her husband find themselves rowing against the strong currents of popular culture, powerful food lobbies and reluctant children. Beset by conflicting expert advice, Block manages to carve out a narrow path between what her family should eat and what they actually will eat. Each chapter takes a semi-comic look at serious issues like child-targeted advertising, fish farming, school lunches, picky eaters and sourcing local produce. With plenty of research on each issue, Block presents her arguments from all sides, and her role as mother to two active children makes her an authentic and relatable source. Her keen sense of humor doesn't hurt either; after finding a local source of organic meat, she happily reports, "Andy gets both bacon and a content wife; I get a healthier family and world; daughter Maya gets pasta, as usual." Though not as straightforward as the latest hide-the-veggies cookbook for sneaky moms, this guide to healthy, responsible family eating is a practical, insightful read for any concerned parent.
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Project Foodie
"If you are one of the many who have experienced the difficulties of getting your family to eat something that isn't processed, that isn't loaded with chemicals, or that you can't pronounce then you are going to love Dinner Diaries. . . . The best thing about this book is that not only is it informative . . . but it's also laugh out loud funny."—Project Foodie
Baltimore Examiner
"Dinner Diaries" documents Block's efforts to make family eating fun, appetizing and as healthy as possible in a Pop-Tart nation. Never underestimating her opponent —the great pillars of sugar, salt and fat supporting American food culture— Block writes with knowledge, wit and humor in her quest for "an all-family meal makeover."”—Baltimore Examiner
From the Publisher
"If you are one of the many who have experienced the difficulties of getting your family to eat something that isn't processed, that isn't loaded with chemicals, or that you can't pronounce then you are going to love Dinner Diaries. . . . The best thing about this book is that not only is it informative . . . but it's also laugh out loud funny."—Project Foodie

"Dinner Diaries" documents Block's efforts to make family eating fun, appetizing and as healthy as possible in a Pop-Tart nation. Never underestimating her opponent —the great pillars of sugar, salt and fat supporting American food culture— Block writes with knowledge, wit and humor in her quest for "an all-family meal makeover."”—Baltimore Examiner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565126466
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 261
  • Sales rank: 1,240,549
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Betsy Block has written food features and restaurant reviews for the Boston Globe and Wondertime Magazine, and online for Epicurious.com. A regular contributor to NPR's Kitchen Window, she lives in Boston with her husband, two children, and fourteen-year-old mutt.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
Food Fight

Chapter 1
Expert Advice

Chapter 1 1/2
At the Table: Take 1

Chapter 2
Holiday Hurdle

Chapter 3
Some Animals Are More Equal

Chapter 3 1/2
At the Table: Take 2

Chapter 4
Easier Said Than Done

Chapter 4 1/2
At the Table: Take 3

Chapter 5
Fishy

Chapter 5 1/2
At the Table: Take 4

Chapter 6
The Vexing People Problem

Chapter 7
The Aisle Not Taken

Chapter 8
Do It Yourself (or Not)

Chapter 9
If Mama Ain’t Happy (Ain’t Nobody Happy)

Chapter 9 1/2
At the Table: Take 5

Chapter 10
Where the Ideal Meets the Real

Appendix
Tips, Charts, Recipes, and Places to Go
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