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The Dinner Diaries: Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread Worldby Betsy Block
Synopses & Reviews
"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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 1/2
At the Table: Take 1
Some Animals Are More Equal
Chapter 3 1/2
At the Table: Take 2
Easier Said Than Done
Chapter 4 1/2
At the Table: Take 3
Chapter 5 1/2
At the Table: Take 4
The Vexing People Problem
The Aisle Not Taken
Do It Yourself (or Not)
If Mama Ain’t Happy (Ain’t Nobody Happy)
Chapter 9 1/2
At the Table: Take 5
Where the Ideal Meets the Real
Tips, Charts, Recipes, and Places to Go
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