The Family Dinner Book Review and Giveaway

When I was growing up we always sat at the dinner table to eat our meals, the only time we didn’t was if it was movie night then mom would let us sit in front of the TV, but we was together as a family. As the world becomes more advanced, we often forget about how important it is to sit down as a family for dinner. I know in my family I can say we do not eat together enough. With my husband having a crazy shift it is usually daughter and I figuring out what we are going to eat and most the time it is not even the same meal.  So when I had the opportunity to review The Family Dinner, I jumped on it. I want to learn more about bringing my family closer together and at the dinner table.

About The Family Dinner:

The Family DinnerThe 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.

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.

What I thought:

If you are a follower of my blog, then you know I struggle with weight, and I have in the passed purchased mostly box meals. Recently, I have been doing research and trying to better my families eating habits by preparing meals by recipes, instead of by the back of a box. Sorry Hamburger Helper, even though I love you and you are quick and easy to make those pounds you are putting on my thighs cannot take it no more.

What I love about The Family Dinner Book is Laura not only gives you some great family fun game ideas to play while eating dinner together, she also gives you some awesome recipes to make for dinner. One of my favorite sections in The Family Dinner Book is section 9. Section 9 is about bringing the kids into the kitchen to help, as I stated above about the world becoming more advanced we often over look times we can be bonding with our children. What a better way to bond then to let them help us make dinner. Not only will they be on top of the world being able to help mom and dad, but it will make them feel special, and this will be those memories they can look back on when we are gone.

I want my daughter to speak highly of me to my grandchildren one day when I am gone when she is cooking with her babies in the kitchen. You know those “I remember when I was your age, and your grandma and I would make dinner for grandpa, and you know what grandma did to momma”, because believe it or not those fun times spent together as a family will mean so much more to your child then the money you have spent on them. Quality time is PRICELESS!

Healthy Kid Friendly Recipe from The Family Dinner Book, remember if you do not have kid friendly knives, parents do the chopping.

Homemade Onion Dip

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups dices onions

2 cloves garlic

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups Greek yorgurt (or low fat sour cream)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon chopped chives

Salt and pepper

In a large nonstick pan drizzled with olive oil, saute the onions, and garlic over low heat until they are soft and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool/

Mix the rest of the ingredients, and add the cooled onions. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

You can serve fresh veggies to make a nice healthy snack.

Mandatory: Head on over to The Family Dinner Book site and let me know something you learned.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes only, I did not receive no other form of payment everything stated is my honest opinion.

About Jammie Morey

Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she later moved to Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Jammie and her husband home school their daughter, and enjoy doing many things together as a family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with their daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.


  1. The Basic Marinara Sauce recipe looks really good!

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  4. I learned that they sell the book on Amazon.

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  7. susan varney says:

    i can order on amazon

  8. I enjoyed the Shabbat rituals and m enus very much. The importance of eating together is meaningful and she stresses this.

  9. There is a recipe for quick broccoli pasta on the website that I want to try.

  10. Thank you for the giveaway. I learned that it is very important for your family to eat together during mealtime. This is really something my family needs to do more of.

  11. The Family Dinner book has over 70 recipes some eleborate other simple.

  12. I learned that Dean ornish said, “A great fun cookbook, but it’s so much more than that — it’s an empowering recipe for joy, health, and healing.” — Dean Ornish MD, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute.


  13. I want to win because I love cookbooks and think this one will add lots to my collection.


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  18. Melissa B. says:

    I learned that the book includes games to play to help even the shyest family member become engaged.

  19. Ed Nemmers says:

    The author was a producer of the film “An Inconvenient Truth”!

  20. I learned that every Friday afternoon the HuffPost editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week to help spark a lively discussion among the whole family – just in time for dinner.

  21. I’d like to win because the book sounds really compelling and I’d love more dinnertime inspiration.

  22. I learned that Mondays should be “Meatless Mondays” to help lower greenhouse gases!

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  26. Renee Richardson says:

    I learned the book also includes games. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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  27. I learned that Laurie David is a regular blogger on the Huffington Post.

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