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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
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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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.



Editorial Reviews

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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 Café, 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 37824 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 1 edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FWT9IGQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but at least they know if they like it or not July 2, 2014
By Liz C
Format:Hardcover
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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for families who enjoy cooking ! April 24, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful! June 9, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love all the simple recipes in this book! Each one that I have attempted has turned out beautifully without fail. The recipes are truly inspiring and they are teaching my family to incorporate more vegetables and healthy grains into our diet. Simple, tasty and incredibly good indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making a Difference June 3, 2014
Format:Hardcover
Healthy recipes, great commentary about changing the food system for the better, great way to keep your eating tasty and healthy meals!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new hostess gift June 26, 2014
By VLPB
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for newlyweds starting out August 27, 2014
By PDH
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh fresh eating! October 12, 2014
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Great healthy recipes. Not overly complicated. Makes you feel good about your food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy March 1, 2015
By A P M
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
She's a little patronizing (gives you some really specific directions on how to be a person unrelated to cooking) but mostly lovely and full of good ideas. It will take awhile to get my kids to like some of these recipes but I'm inspired. And finally I made a good fried egg - The Best Egg I Ever Made - according to the spouse. I'm using three recipes in our dinner plans this week. I'm also telling kids = it's time to eat real, healthy food.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Nice looking book but nothing if actually cook for my family!
Published 20 days ago by Kh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great cookbook!
Published 25 days ago by Jake Lott
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Step in the right direction for our families and our future
Being raised in the nineties with divorced parents who worked three and four jobs between them, I didn't eat it if it didn't come out of a box or can. Sad, but true. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful food and very educational
Awesome cookbook! Read it cover to cover - lots of great info on cooking approaches, tools and ingredients. Recipes are simple and healthy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cookbook
My family enjoys most of the recipes
Published 2 months ago by Lauren Macias Cobler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Clean Eating Cookbook!
I love cookbooks, but lately I have been feeling uninspired by everything I have purchased. I also am really into clean-eating for my family these days, but having a difficult... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Surfsup
4.0 out of 5 stars but if it works as advertised will be very happy with it
Haven't had a chance to use it yet, but if it works as advertised will be very happy with it. Pat Pennington
Published 4 months ago by Patricia A. Pennington
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book. Particularly like the choc chip cookie recipe and the chia recipes.
Published 4 months ago by alexgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just inspiration but amazing recipes!
Love this book!!!! As person who buys cook books for inspiration and never really cooks out of them this is different!!!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by robert pell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love both of her books and how she tries to ...
Love both of her books and how she tries to get everyone involved in meal times!!! These are a staple in my kitchen
Published 5 months ago by Brandi M.
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