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Whatever Happened to Dinner? Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime Paperback – October 15, 2010
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This book attempts to be an honest appraisal of family meal customs of the past while sending a clear invitation to reexamine our lifestyles of thrashing about madly in relentless activity. It is a road map or at least ideas for how to manage regular family mealtimes, along with simple quick recipes and more complicated dishes. It is an examination of the role food and mealtime play in the family and a reminder of how God gave us the good gift of food. --Melodie M. Davis
Whatever Happened to Dinner? will be a great help and comfort to parents who are looking to make their family mealtimes more satisfying, more regular, more meaningful, more tasty. --Miriam Weinstein, author of The Surprising Power of Family Meals
The author loads the book with helpful suggestions and illustrations from life and Scripture, and with practical ideas as to how it can be done today. The family meal can still be the family's finest hour. --John M. Drescher, author of Seven Things Children Need
About the Author
Melodie M. Davis is author of ten books on family-related issues and has written the Another Way syndicated newspaper column since 1987. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a BA and has worked since 1975 for Third Way Media, the media agency of the Mennonite Church. She and her husband, Stuart, have raised three daughters. They are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Va.
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Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtimes
Melodie M. Davis, with Jodi Nisly Hertzler and Carmen Wyse
Herald Press, Scottsdale, PA 15683
234 pp. plus recipe index, ppbk.
Research shows that teens in families who fail to eat together are twice as likely to do drugs, use tobacco or fail in school than youngsters who share family meal times. That's one reason Melodee Davis gently encourages families to eat together.
Davis is realistic about the pressures modern families face and knows frequent family meals together are not always practical. However, she points out advantages. Times together involve children and parents more fully in each others lives. Meals can be learning, comforting and bonding times.
This author calls eating together one of the simple, basic structures of civilized life. She says if we never eat together, why even live in families?
Throwing together a picnic meal can be an occasional fun solution on a fast-paced day, or even eating while driving on a trip. But we must avoid the poor nutrition of fast foods. Davis guides readers on ways to survive busy lives, save money and help our planet.
In her fifteen interesting chapters, Davis includes luscious, usually easy and kitchen-tested recipes for each situation she discusses.
She writes about teaching manners, getting kids to like new foods, cultural eating differences, gardening, food preservation, cooking disasters and other concepts. Each chapter begins with a story from someone's life and includes a relevant food-related event from the Bible.
Anyone who cooks and cares about their family will enjoy this book.