The Dinner Diaries

The Dinner Diaries

by Betsy Block


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The Dinner Diaries by Betsy Block

"I'd always thought food was pretty straightforward: you're hungry, you eat; you're not, you don't. Then I became a mother." So begins Betsy Block's humorous, life-changing book on the ultimate of all makeovers: improving the family meal. But how is her plan even possible when eleven-year old Zack's favorite food is Halloween candy; little Maya is so picky that she'll only eat cut squares of white bread; and her husband's idea of a gift is an electric fryer?

Determined not to give up the good-food fight, Betsy comes up with a creative ten-step makeover plan. She consults experts, visits farms, and shows how she and her family manage the pitfalls, struggles, and triumphs of eating well when busy schedules, surreptitious lunch trades, snack machines, permissive grandparents, and willful temptations intervene. With helpful charts, food lists, recipes, tips, and suggested culinary and farm programs for kids, The Dinner Diaries chronicles one family's intrepid ten-month challenge to change the way they eat—one forkful at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565125704
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents


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

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

Tips, Charts, Recipes, and Places to Go

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Funny, wise, and full of heart, The Dinner Diaries is for every time-crunched mother who wants more for her kids than pizza, candy, and french fries. Betsy Block has a few sneaky tricks of her own as she and her family embark on their family meal makeover, and, thankfully for the reader, she shares them with wit and flair." —Missy Chase Lapine, author of the New York Times Bestseller The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals

"It's one thing to cook healthy for yourself, but add two opinionated kids, a husband, and a full schedule, and it really becomes a challenge. Betsy Block in The Dinner Diaries has done an amazing job of giving creative tips, nutritional information, and relating her adventures on the road to feeding her family in a more healthful way. The book is funny, honest, and full of excellent advice that any mother will appreciate."
—Nell Newman, co-founder and President of Newman's Own Organics

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