I like that this book has lots of fresh recipes that are quick to cook The authors add nice suggestions of ways to get kids involved in the cooking of the dishes They also add several suggestions for each recipe on ways to personalize the dish, add or subtract ingredients based on your tastes I disagree that soy is a healthful ingredient though, and there is quite a bit of tofu used in the recipes However, most could be easily changed out for your protein of choice. I am living in this cookbook these days I wanted something simple, healthy but fun and inspiring and this book totally nails it The recipes are very simple but also have a sense of whimsy that makes it fun to play with them As someone who is pretty constitutionally incapable of sticking to a recipe I also love that almost every recipe has bulleted lists at the bottom of modifications to try It makes it seem much experimental and fun Plus there are tons of beautiful color photographs I hate cookbooks without pictures I pick recipes by flipping and eye grazing so that part is a must Most recently last night I was working on a fall farro recipe that was given to them by a chef friend The recipe is rife with mistakes Farro takes way than 10 minutes to cook and needs way less than 1T salt to name a few but even with all the problems, I was still able to coax it into the yumminess that it pointed towards I know I should probably deduct a star for that, but this is the perfect cookbook for me so from a totally subjective standpoint it is getting all 5 stars. 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 ComebackIn 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 Than 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 I read a lot of cookbooks, share recipes regularly, and spend a lot of time planning and prepping meals Nothing annoys me than a cookbook that places things out of sequence not the case here or has photos that totally contradict the very instructions posted on the previous page compare the text on p 182 for ravioli cupcakes to the photo opposite on p 183 I must also confess to being perplexed by a cookbook author who is not the author of the recipes in the book that credit goes to her pal, Kristin Uhrenholdt Those points aside, in addition to the patently obvious dos don ts for happy family meals, parenting and or shopping advice e.g., don t let your kids load the grocery cart with crap, make a grocery list, don t shop hungry, etc etc , there are a very good many recipes here that I want to give a try Among the items we ll be making from this book are the fruity summer porridge, homemade nut butter, blueberry oat pancakes, peanut butter granola bars, homemade jam, Danish stone age bread, the green genie smoothie, SLTs i.e., shitake, lettuce and tomato sandwiches , cannellini bean tartine, peppermint green pea soup esp the cold version for summer dining , caesar kale salad with homemade croutons, and quinoa cakes All told, I d go 2 1 2 to 3 stars on this. This cookbook is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for healthy recipes to try, whether for kids, a significant other, or just for yourself An introduction includes compelling information for anyone interested in the hidden and un healthy additions to the food much of America is eating What follows is a beautifully made cookbook with tasty recipes, kid friendly tips, and healthy ideas that you can trust are good for you Sarah M Marathon County Public LibraryFind this book in our library catalog. This is a beautiful book, full of artful photos and printed on paper that feels good to touch I like to eat this way and when I put this on hold at the library I was already anticipating buying it However, that won t be the case While all the recipes sounded good with the exception of the dishes that contain tofu, which is just something I ve never warmed up to, and the now requisite raw kale recipes for the love of butter, what s wrong with sauteing a vegetable If it needs to be massaged to eat it it needs to be cooked Or, better yet, why eat kale when you could instead eat chard But I digress nothing really stood out to me as something I would want to make, or something that I don t already have a recipe for that I like just fine This would be a wonderful book for someone just starting out cooking, because it does a good job of explaining the basics with a few twists If you aren t a newbie cook I think there are better choices out there. The tone of this book is so overly preachy and self righteous, it s almost unreadable I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and consider myself to be health conscious I am always looking for ways to eat healthfully, however But this is way over the top You can actually imagine the author looking down her nose at you and sniffing as she sees the AP flour and processed ingredients in your pantry Look, there is a way to promote and encourage healthy eating without sounding snobbish, elitist and self righteous Unfortunately, Mrs David did not accomplish that A shame, since so many of the recipes looked delicious This went back the library post haste. While I really enjoyed The Family Dinner by Laurie David and was hoping for something similar in this book , this book felt overly preachy, had very little to offer in recipes I would use that I couldn t get in another well rounded cookbook , and was missing some of the very things I loved most about the first one the practical tidbits offered of how to get dinner on the table No conversation starters, no prep sheets..bleh Disappointing If you hadn t read this information somewhere else and really, it s EVERYWHERE this would be great, but otherwise meh Next. Great reinforcement of the adage that you are what you eat Like Moss Salt, Sugar, Fat this book reminds us that the big food companies and their chemists and advertisers all have a huge impact on what we choose to buy and consume I like the simple, basic approach here I m not sure I can convert my family but I m going to give it a try 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, 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.