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Home for Dinner
by Anne Fishel
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AMACOM, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Thanks to irregular work schedules and the activities of the younger family members, many families settle for eating dinner on the fly or they bring home takeout or just throw together a hodgepodge meal that is consumed in front of the television. Obviously this isn't a healthy situation and Anne Fishel wants to do something about improving this mealtime dilemma.

As the co-founder of The Family Dinner Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, Fishel has given some serious thought to improving what happens at mealtime.

This thought provoking book offers solid tips for getting even the busiest of families back at the dinner table together. The author's readable narrative brings together recent research, friendly advice and stories about real families that underscore the importance of sharing dinner together.

The purpose of this book is to make mealtime a time to relax and reconnect for all the members of the family. Fishel's goal is to make gathering around the table a transformative experience that will have far reaching and long term positive outcomes for everyone concerned.

As you read this book you'll also discover a handful of recipes that will help even the busiest adult create a nourishing and tasty meal without spending hours in the kitchen. You'll also discover ways to involve other family members (especially children) in meal preparation while also engaging them in meaningful conversations.

If there is a finicky eater in the house you'll find some suggestions on how to reverse this situation. Plus, if mealtime at your table often results in family arguments and other unpleasantness, there are recommendations on how to ease the tension and create stimulating and enjoyable conversation.

If you are not pleased with how evening meals unfold in your household or if you believe there is room for improvement and would like to create a more nurturing, positive environment around the table, this is a book you'll want to read.

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