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"In this wonderful new book, Home for Dinner, Anne Fishel, PhD makes a compelling case for us to reconsider our priorities and put mealtime back at the center of our family life....Her book includes recipes for quick, healthy, tasty meals as well as advice on inspiring picky eaters to explore new foods." Work and Family Life

"I recommend this book to mothers and fathers or grandparents who are looking for ways to make a stronger connection amongst the family. It's also a good book for those adults who did not have family dinners with their families as kids or teenagers. These adults may not believe in the power of the family dinner, and this book will help put them on a journey of discovery." Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"... shares accounts of healing, bonding, and communication when families gather together over a meal...author goes beyond and demonstrates solid tools and encouragement for implementation. Recommended with gusto." Library Journal

“A delightful new book written by the co-founder of The Family Dinner Project offers a road map to healthy, happy mealtimes.” -- Balancing Act column, Tribune Newspapers



“This is [Fishel’s] transformative formula for family healing.” --Retailing Insight



“… shares accounts of healing, bonding, and communication when families gather together over a meal…author goes beyond and demonstrates solid tools and encouragement for implementation. Recommended with gusto.” --Library Journal



“This is a book filled with sound family-nurturing advice.” --The CyberLibrarian



“This book is a must-have for every family!" --Grandma’s Ideas



“I recommend the book to mothers and fathers or grandparents who are looking for ways to make a stronger connection amongst the family.” --Blog Critics



“I highly recommend Home for Dinner for any parent who struggles to put healthy food on the table night after night." --Mother Daughter Book Club



“The book is a positive look at making and keeping positive family dynamics together through something as seemingly simple as sitting down to dinner together.” --Seattle Post Intelligencer



“In Home for Dinner, Dr. Fishel touches upon some of the intellectual benefits of dining together as a family.” --Southern Kissed



“I found this book quite inspiring, and want to expand on it weekly.” --Be Your Best Mom



“… full of ideas for GETTING your family to the table, also a great selection of recipe ideas and better yet, ideas for getting the conversation going.” --My Scraps



“…just the jump-start I needed to get my family back to the table and on the family dinner track.” --My Scraps



"...great tips to help you succeed regardless of external factors." --Mama Likes This



"Home for Dinner will definitely be my go-to guide for trying out new recipes that suit the taste of everyone in my family." --Beautiful Mommies



"…plenty of tips for those that already eat together and lots of good ideas for those that are trying to work towards that.” --I Wished I Lived in a Library



“…combines insights from experts with experiences that show how sharing food has the power to heal and strengthen families and nourish children’s development and well-being.” --Utne Reader



"Not only is the book full of ideas for GETTING your family to the table, it also has a great selection of recipe ideas and better yet, ideas for getting the conversation going." --My Scraps



"Fishel’s tone is friendly and she quickly connects with her audience by sharing her own hits and misses with regard to the family dinner." --Woman Around Town



"A delightful new book written by the co-founder of The Family Dinner Project offers a road map to healthy, happy mealtimes..." --Chicago Tribune



"Home for Dinner is a great resource for families and I’ve enjoyed incorporating some of the suggestions into our regular routine." --The Simple Moms



"…easy read rich with valuable suggestions that any of us can integrate into meal time…to take advantage of the fleeting time we have with our kids." --Christa Melynk Hines



“…to create a more nurturing, positive environment around the table, this is a book you’ll want to read." --Weekend Salinas Californian

Book Description

Sports, activities, long hours, and commutes—with so much to do, dinner has been bumped to the back burner.

But research shows that family dinners offer more than just nutrition. Studies have tied shared meals to increased resiliency and self-esteem in children, higher academic achievement, a healthier relationship to food, and even reduced risk of substance abuse and eating disorders.

Written by a Harvard Medical School professor and mother, Home for Dinner makes a passionate and informed plea to put mealtime back at the center of family life and supplies compelling evidence and realistic tips for getting even the busiest of families back to the table. Chock full of stories, new research, recipes, and friendly advice, the book explains how to:

Whip up quick, healthy, and tasty dinners • Get kids to lend a hand (without any grief) • Adapt meals to the needs of everyone—from toddlers to teens • Inspire picky eaters to explore new foods • Keep dinnertime conversation stimulating • Add an element of fun • Reduce tension at the table • Explore other cultures and spark curiosity about the world • And more

Mealtime is a place to unwind and reconnect, far from the pressures of school and work. As the author notes, family therapy can be helpful, but regular dinner is transformative.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: American Management Association (January 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814433707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814433706
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Kinchen on January 7, 2015
Format: Paperback
Reading Anne K. Fishel's "Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids" (Amacom, American Management Association, 240 pages, foreword by Michael Thompson, Ph.D; notes, index, $16.00) I was intrigued by a book that seemingly wants to turn back the clock to a 1950s sitcom era, when Robert Montgomery and Donna Reed ruled the TV world.

Fishel is a Ph.D. psychologist, professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of the Family Dinner Project, among many other acomplishments. She's the mother of two young adult sons, so she's aware of the challenges facing anyone who wants to round up family members for dinner together.

The book is replete with stories of people who want to do something about the fragmented world of smart phones, social media (I often think of it as "anti-social" media!), ballet lessons and soccer matches, long hours at work and long commutes and have family dinners. It's the kind of challenge Amy Chua's "Tiger Mother" would be hard pressed to achieve.

The stories in Fishel's book should appeal to readers who have their own memories -- good or bad -- about family dinners. I personally have few such memories, because in our house when I was growing up in the late 1940s and early 1950s, I don't recall any family dinners! With my mother, divorced and working hard to keep the family together in a series of low-paying factory jobs, if you wanted to eat, she pointed to the kitchen.

Fishel provides many recipes and advice about making food interesting -- in an era when food is often viewed as generic fuel to keep overbooked people going. With so much to do, she writes, dinner has been bumped to the back burner.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Anne Fishel believes in the positive impact family dinners can have on parents and children. She’s so passionate about the idea that she cofounded The Family Dinner Project and wrote a book called Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids. Fishel recognizes how difficult gathering everyone around the dinner table can be these days. Parents work, kids have sports, music lessons and other after-school activities.

But Fishel is also aware of the studies that tie “shared meals to increased resiliency and self-esteem in children, higher academic achievement, a healthier relationship to food, and even reduced risk of substance abuse and eating disorders.” With all of these benefits, connected to one simple activity, how can parents not make it a priority? The trouble is figuring out how to make it work.

Home for Dinner provides the blueprint. Certainly there are recipes for easy dinners in the book. But Fishel recognizes that the food is sometimes the least important part of a family meal. So she gives tips for conversation starters, ideas for making mealtime less stressful, and other suggestions to get the whole family on board with the concept.

Fishel doesn’t talk down to parents or scold them for not doing well enough; instead she gives them helpful support to make meaningful changes to daily family life. I highly recommend Home for Dinner for any parent who struggles to put healthy food on the table night after night.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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This had more of a textbook feel to it than what I was expecting. There are a few recipes scattered throughout but nothing that really grabbed me and begged to be made. There is lots of information on why having dinner together is important as well as the benefits of doing so. But I already knew dinner is important and my family eats together at least 5 nights a week that so it felt like preaching to the choir. A few new ideas for getting conversations going as well as some game ideas were helpful.

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If you feel dinner time in your home is not a positive experience for everyone in the family try this book. The author offers some solid advice on how to improve the situation and make gathering around the table a daily occurrence that everyone will WANT to partake in. There are also a few recipes sprinkled throughout the book that will offer some ides on how to prepare and add variety to your meal planning. All in all, this is a good book that will help you remove some of the angst out of gathering for family meals.
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Dr. Fishel offers a beautifully written and insightful book on how to create a better family life with ease. She has a beautiful voice and shares delightful stories along with practical tips on how to create more meaningful family interactions around the table. There are many fun exercises and activities which you can start instantly. Recently I entertained a guest from another country whom I had never met before. i looked to Home for DInner for some inspiration and there on page 180 was an activity "Conversation Starters when Hosting International Guests" - the questions broke the ice, we learned a lot about each other and much laughter ensued. What I particularly love about this book was that it takes all the research about the importance of the family dinner and actually makes it easy to accomplish. Dr. Fishel makes this fun and easy: What a breathe of fresh air, to read a parenting book and feel good about myself as a parent! Family dinner is not about elaborate preparation and hours slaving at the stove, it is about meaningful connection while sharing food together. Buy it, read it, you wont regret it.
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