Review and Giveaway: The Family Dinner by Laurie David and Kirsten Uhrenholdt

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From the Publisher’s Website:

The producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Laurie David’s new mission is to help America’s overwhelmed families sit down to a Family Dinner, and she provides all the reasons, recipes and fun tools to do so.

Laurie David speaks from her own experience confronting the challenges of raising two teenage girls. Today’s parents have lots to deal with and technology is making their job harder than ever. Research has proven that everything we worry about as parents–from drugs to alcohol, promiscuity, to obesity, academic achievement and just good old nutrition–can all be improved by the simple act of eating and talking together around the table.

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Laurie has written a practical, inspirational, fun (and, of course, green) guide to the most important hour in any parent’s day. Chock-full chapters include: Over seventy-five kid approved fantastic recipes; tips on teaching green values; conversation starters; games to play to help even the shyest family member become engaged; ways to express gratitude; the family dinner after divorce (hint: keep eating together) and much more. Filled with moving memories and advice from the country’s experts and teachers, this book will get everyone away from electronic screens and back to the dinner table.

About the Author:

Laurie David is a media savvy powerhouse. She founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, produced the Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and launched the Stop Global Warming College Tour with Sheryl Crow. She’s been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and Good Morning America; is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and is author of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming (Scholastic, 9/07).

My Opinion:

While this book is geared towards a household with children I still found the recipes to be interesting enough to want to try for my family of two adults.  They incorporate lots of healthy ingredients without screaming “health food” so it definitely won’t scare off the vegetable phobic in your house.
What I really think a busy mom will love is the inclusion with each recipe of a section that gives you ideas for each recipe where the kids can help you in the kitchen. By getting them involved in the cooking of the meal and then sitting down to The Family Dinner you can help foster a better overall family relationship. If the children have a hand in making the dinner they will have more enjoyment in eating the dinner.  
I came home from an all day craft fair yesterday and needed to cook something for the hubby. I was tired and didn’t want to go all crazy trying to make him dinner so I thought I would turn to this book to see what I could come up with. It promises quick, easy meals that are flavorful and healthy.
I chose a salmon dish with edamame succotash as I had promised the hubby salmon for dinner anyway.
The first step was to make the marinade. I assembled the ingredients; soy sauce, maple syrup, fish sauce, garlic, ginger (I always keep some fresh ginger in the freezer. That way I have it and it grates beautifully when frozen.) and red pepper flakes.
That went into a pan to reduce. Then I let it cool a bit.
While marinade was cooling I went to the freezer and dug out the edamame and the corn. I also found the fresh pepper. The recipe called for a red pepper but I had a purple pepper. Oh well. I grabbed an onion from the bag we having hanging in the basement. The garlic and ginger were upstairs already.
oooh, pretty, yes?
I popped the salmon in the marinade – the recipe suggested a couple of hours but I didn’t have that so it ended up getting about 30 minutes – and peeled the edemame.
Then I made the succotash.
Into the pan went the butter and olive oil. When it was hot I added the chopped onion.
When the onion was soft I added the garlic, ginger, mint, peppers, soybeans and corn.
I let this cook for about 8 minutes and then let the hubby taste it for salt. I’m allergic to peppers…
I added some salt and it was ready to go. I made a version for myself without the peppers and I enjoyed it very much.
The salmon went on the broiler pan
There is always one fuzzy photo. I know not why
about 2 minutes on each side and dinner was ready!
The succotash went in the bowl
topped by the salmon.
Hubby LOVED it. It wasn’t that hard to make and I had everything in the pantry which made the recipe a hit with me.
There are many more recipes in the book I’m going to try. As I said, simple but tasty looking. Great for weeknight dinners and fantastic for getting the kids involved in the kitchen.
Thanks to Anna at Hachette Books I have one copy of this cool cookbook to give away.
How do you win? It’s easy!
But first some rules:
US and Canada only
No PO Boxes
You can only win one copy per household.
MANDATORY ENTRY:
Tell me if you kids help in the kitchen and if you have a Family Dinner. Be sure to leave you email address so I can contact you if you win.
EXTRA ENTRIES:
 
1. Follow my blog publicly. If you already follow, just say so. And thank you.
2. Follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway(one per day) – @BrokenTeepee and Hachette Books are giving away 1 copy of The Family Dinner Cookbook @
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3. Friend me on Facebook – good for two entries so leave two comments 
4. Post the giveaway on Facebook and leave the link 

SEE THE EXTRA ENTRIES PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL WAYS TO ENTER.

All entries need to be in by 9PM MST on November 7th when I will go to Random.org to choose the winner. He/she will have 48hrs to respond or I will choose new winner.

Good luck everyone.
Disclosure:  I received a gratis copy of The Family Dinner from The Hachette Book Group. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
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