A Guide to the Family Dinner

Cathy Arnst

Summer’s over, school’s back in session, and the family dinner—Say What! Who has time for a family dinner? As hard as it may be for working parents, indeed, any parents, to gather the clan around the table, research has consistently proven that kids who eat dinner regularly with their parents do better in every way. For proof check out Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (which, incidentally has designated Sept 25 as Family Day).

OK, point taken, but how do we fit a family dinner into our overscheduled lives? , author of a syndicated food column (and an old friend), has written an excellent how-to book on the family dinner that shows us the way. is funny, informative and filled with tasty and easy recipes, an ideal combination. Maria traveled around the country interviewing real families, gathering recipes and tips on how to accomplish that basic building block of civilization, the sit-down meal.

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