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The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes Guaranteed to Get Your Family Craving Food That's Simple, Fresh, and Incredibly Good for You [Kindle Edition]

Laurie David , Katie Couric , Kirstin Uhrenholdt

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Book Description

A call to action for parents, kids, and anyone who eats to start cooking their own meals again

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 (co-executive 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 long-time collaborator, Kirstin Uhrenholdt, David worked up 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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"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 Cafe, 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"

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 37824 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 1 edition (22 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #583,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but at least they know if they like it or not 3 July 2014
By Liz C - Published on
I checked this out from the library mostly because I wanted some healthy recipes that I could con my kids into eating. Here's the rub, I have two picky eaters, but both go different ways. I have one who has always been borderline vegetarian, she consumes very little meat, but likes seafood. The other hates seafood, raw tomatoes (but will eat them cooked, weirdo) and anything that "looks too healthy." No, I'm not quite sure what that means, that's just what I'm told. They're teenagers by the way. Luckily, both are usually willing to try anything once, they may not finish it, but at least they know if they like it or not.

The teenage boy (or man child) is big into sports, weight lifting, running, challenge courses and so forth. He tries to pack a lot of protein into his diet, but he's getting bored with things.

Teenage girl, not really a problem eater, she usually eats whatever I make, but she's kind of bored with things too. She's into some sports, loves swimming, but she's not after any nutritional goals like her brother is.

My needs for both are to make sure whatever they're eating is healthy, that they are both getting what they need from their food, and to not have boring or "weird looking" food options.

This book was fantastic for our needs. Both know how to cook, both have taken this and made things on their own from it, and both have liked them. I've tried several of the things they've made and, though I'll never admit it to them, they've probably made it better than I would have. All of us have tweaked some things, more herbs and spices here, swap out for something else there, but all have been good and the kids have insisted I buy this book and that we try anything else like it.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for families who enjoy cooking ! 25 April 2014
By Amy A. Gibbs - Published on
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This book is great! I loved "The Family Dinner Book". This is a great follow up. The breakfast recipes alone are worth buying the book for. Lots of great ideas for busy families who want to eat healthy. All of the recipes have fresh ingredients - and not too many ingredients! I love the purple "k's" throughout the book that signify that the recipe includes ways for kids to help.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making a Difference 4 Jun. 2014
By Jacob Sheldon - Published on
Healthy recipes, great commentary about changing the food system for the better, great way to keep your eating tasty and healthy meals!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new hostess gift 26 Jun. 2014
By VLPB - Published on
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I heard Laurie David on NPR talk about Family Cooks and the movement to be more mindful about what we put in our mouths. Dr Robert Lustig recently opened my eyes to what evil lies in all the sugar we eat and I have tried to minimize the many forms of sugar in our diets. And now I have my new favorite Family Cooks cookbook with easy to understand nutrition facts and amazingly easy recipes (with delish photos!). My college age children are all over it and I'm sharing Family Cook among our friends and family network. High praise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for newlyweds starting out 27 Aug. 2014
By PDH - Published on
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Great book for newlyweds starting out. Wish I had it years ago to set me on the path to healthier cooking for my family.
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