The B4FD Project features blog posts from guest writers that explore the far-reaching benefits of family dinner.

Family Dinner Month 2012: Sept 17 -- Oct 29, 2012


The Value of Cooking and Eating as a Family

byJulie Negrin, M.S.

I come from a large Jewish family known for hosting fun and boisterous meals that last for several hours. While I was growing up, my three siblings and I would share the overcrowded table with our cousins and friends while my mom or aunt served a simple homemade meal. We’d [...]

Picky Eater Special: Make-Your-Own Taco Salad

by Deb Koenig

When I moderated a panel on dealing with picky eaters at the BlogHer Food conference in May, I snagged a handful of good ideas for experimentation. The biggest one: Taco Night. All three of my co-panelists proclaimed it a can’t-miss way to make everyone happy, even if—as Caroline of [...]

Make Family Dinners a Weekly Ritual with The Kids Cook Monday

by Joey Lee


Over the last 30 years, there has been a dramatic shift not only in what we eat, but how we eat. More and more kids come home to an empty house after school and rely mostly on processed snack foods and microwaveables to sustain themselves until their parents arrive [...]

Favorite Family Meals: Pizza Night 4 Ways


by Jana Christian

One of our favorite family meals is pizza. Unfortunately, food allergies and preferences makeordering takeout impossible. Instead, I make one vegan (i.e. egg-free, dairy-free) pizza crust and top it four different ways.

Yes, it takes a bit longer than calling the local pizza joint, but everyone is satisfied (the kids like the taste [...]

Try, Try Again


by Angela Matthewson

“Oh, no! My child is going to be that kid who will only eat mac’n’cheese and chicken nuggets!!” Naturally, this has been my internal monologue every time my little one rejects a new food, especially a fruit or vegetable.  On the outside, I calmly tell my husband that we’ll [...]

Kids in the Kitchen!

by Kia Robertson

Cooking with our kids is about so much more than cooking!

My daughter has been in the kitchen with me since she was a baby and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  As a little one sitting in her highchair, I would give her whole fruits and vegetables to [...]

Broccoli Dipped in a Wonderful Peanut Sauce

by Waverly Gage

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” is an eaters’ manifesto coined by Michael Pollan and quoted everywhere. It is a noble goal, but come on. How does “mostly plants” translate to the family table? We can’t pretend that all children devour their vegetables. I have one that gags [...]

5 Easy Ways to Get Kids Interested in Family Dinner

by Robin Shreeves

When you’re working on making family dinner an important family ritual, getting your kids involved will make them more interested in sitting down at the table with you. They don’t need to have a large involvement – there are several small, easy ways to involve your kids (and none of [...]

Father’s Day at My House

 by Chef Greg Johnson

Father’s Day is just another reminder to spend time with the kids and to do something special together, or to just remember someone who has inspired you in your life.

I involve my kids in what I love to do everyday whether it be cooking, organic gardening, music or [...]

Why I Went on Strike

by Dr. Anne K. Fishel

When my sons were 12 and 14, I went on strike. To demand more respect for my nightly dinners, I hung up my apron and just stopped cooking.

We had developed a pattern that, frankly, I was fed up with. Each night, my sons requested that I try [...]