The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That's Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You

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For families, eating right has become a monumental challenge. Cultural messages convince us that we no longer have time to cook, and food marketers spend billions persuading us that packaged, processed food is convenient, satisfying . . . and the key to happiness. Half of all our meals are now eaten outside the home. The result? Skyrocketing rates of heart disease and diabetes and unprecedented levels of childhood obesity. This crisis is movingly portrayed in author and activist Laurie David’s new documentary ...

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For families, eating right has become a monumental challenge. Cultural messages convince us that we no longer have time to cook, and food marketers spend billions persuading us that packaged, processed food is convenient, satisfying . . . and the key to happiness. Half of all our meals are now eaten outside the home. The result? Skyrocketing rates of heart disease and diabetes and unprecedented levels of childhood obesity. This crisis is movingly portrayed in author and activist Laurie David’s new documentary (coexecutive produced with Katie Couric), Fed Up!

Luckily, we have a solution: Studies have clearly shown that eating home-cooked meals reduces obesity and develops lifelong healthy eating habits. There is an exciting movement afoot that involves a skillet, a few good knives, and some fresh ingredients: Home cooking is making a comeback.

In The Family Cooks, David inspires parents and kids to take control of what they eat by making it themselves. With her longtime collaborator, Kirstin Uhrenholdt, David offers more than 100 recipes that are simple, fast, “low in the bad stuff and high in the good stuff,” and designed to bring kids into the cooking process. The authors also demystify cooking terms and break down basic prep techniques, creating stress-free meals that foster health, togetherness, and happy palates. The Family Cooks is the ideal companion for unseasoned chefs of all stripes, whether they’re parenting or being parented.

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Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
In this cookbook, environmentalist and film producer David (The Family Dinner) offers an "antidote" to America's unhealthy love affair with the "three amigos" of sugar, salt, and fat. With chef Uhrenholdt, David created easy, from-scratch recipes to get families off the merry-go-round in today's "food-carnival environment." Breakfasts feature porridge, granola, eggs, pancakes, and smoothies like the green apple almond milk Green Genie. For lunch, she provides recipes for crunchy cabbage-stuffed whole-grain quesadillas and a BLT with shitake "bacon." A section titled "Soupersalads!" includes a peppermint green pea soup, as well as salads with grains, nuts, and homemade dressings. Dinner showcases chicken, cod, pasta, and bean/grained-based recipes. Also featured are kid-pleasing sides like roasted cauliflower popcorn and a healthy coconut-mango pudding. With advice on training kids' palates, David busts the myth of the "picky eater" and explains how to "shop like a pro" and decipher nutritional information on industry labels. Essential guidelines for keeping the kitchen a safe, fun, and productive family place are included along with tips for avoiding waste and managing trash. For David, eating at home with the family is at the heart of the new food revolution; her essays celebrate our "inner homesteader" and might even prompt the resurgence of table conversation. (Apr.)
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"With these delicious recipes that celebrate flavor and seasonality, Laurie David gives parents a simple roadmap for bringing children into a new and lasting relationship to food. All families should have this wonderful book in their kitchen!"—Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café, founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project, and the author of The Art of Simple Food I and II

"Wow! A dream come true for busy parents. Fun to read... gorgeous to look at...delicious to eat. Family Cooks will make your kids ask for seconds and build great eating habits to last a lifetime. How great for the price of just one book!"—Harvey Karp, MD, creator of the DVD/book The Happiest Toddler on the Block

Library Journal
07/01/2014
Author and film producer David (Fed Up; An Inconvenient Truth) follows her first cookbook, The Family Dinner, with a new collection of recipes meant to help families improve their health. Drawing on arguments from Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman, and other experts, she makes a strong case for the value of home-cooked meals and the importance of introducing children to healthy eating behaviors. Practical tips—including how to read food labels, visualize the sometimes shocking amount of added sugar in store-bought products, and confront picky eaters—are useful and not overzealous. Colorful and kid-friendly recipes from coauthor Uhrenholdt (e.g., seeds of power granola, weekday roast chicken with lemon and garlic) skew healthy, but not so much so that they'll exclude readers uninterested in making their own nut milks, teas, or hot cereal blends. VERDICT Written primarily for busy families with children, David's attractive guide to reclaiming the family dinner will also appeal to young couples and professionals trying to shop smarter and eat less-processed meals at home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623362508
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 92,268
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie David

Laurie David is the producer of the new documentary Fed Up! and produced the 2006 Academy Award–winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. She is also the author of the bestselling Stop Global Warming and of The Family Dinner. The recipient of numerous honors, including the Producers Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer Award, a Humanitas Prize Special Award, Glamour’s Woman of the Year, and the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award, David has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

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