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The Dinner Diaries: Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World

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"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.

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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

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

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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Christin, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
This isn’t really an advice book for parents who want their kids to eat better. It’s a book about a family trying to follow advice for parents who want their kids to eat better. The author goes through a year-long odyssey trying to develop a healthy, organic, sustainably-grown way of eating for her family. This is a monumental task, not just because our food system is corrupt, confusing, and so beyond messed up, but also because this woman has two extremely resistant kids (seriously, if this woman said the sky was blue, those kids would start a fight with her about it and whine for hours) and a husband who is lazy and dismissive of her. He’s got that kind of banal sexism thing going on where he’ll say yes to the kids just so he can be the ”cool parent” and leaves the heavy lifting to her. AND he’s the most insanely picky eater I’ve EVER heard of and will in no way compromise with her on meals, even though he assumes she’ll be compromising her own tastes and preferences to fit his every time.

It’s craziness! But in spite of all that, after a year she actually managed to get her family eating pretty well (and happily). This book is pretty honest about all the real world set backs you face and she admits up front that there are some things that in an ideal world they would be doing better, but here in the real world you make compromises and that’s okay. She’s also got lots of little tips and lists throughout the book to help people tackle obstacles and to get the kids involved in their own food and health. It was an interesting book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565125704
Author:
Block, Betsy
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Health & Healing - General
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Subject:
COOKING / Health and Healing / General
Subject:
Health - Nutrition
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Pediatrics
Subject:
Children -- Nutrition.
Subject:
Food preferences in children.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
COOKING / Health & Healing/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
261
Dimensions:
8.0 x 5.0 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Synopsis" by ,
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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