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The Family Cooks Has Arrived!


Our new book The Family Cooks is available now in bookstores! What began as a casual conversation during a hike on a beautiful, sunny day about the need for a cookbook with easy, healthy, delicious recipes for families to cook together has become a beautiful book we are very proud of.

For families, eating right has become a huge challenge. We’ve become convinced 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. Not true! Luckily, home cooking is making a comeback, and we hope The Family Cooks will inspire you to take control of what you and your family eat by making it yourself.

The Family Cooks contains over 100 fast, tasty recipes with real ingredients for people who think they are too busy to cook. We tested all the recipes with parents and kids to make sure they were family-friendly. We give you ways to play with the recipes, like fun garnishes your kids will love (try the yogurt “spider web” garnish on pea soup) and extra ingredient suggestions to alter dishes (add a few spices and lentil soup becomes curried lentil soup).

For those who find cooking intimidating, we made sure the recipes were easy to prepare. We explain cooking terms, break down basic prep techniques, and decode food labeling practices to help you avoid falling prey to marketing tricks, like believing “natural” on a package means it’s healthy for your family.

We include lots of tips on how to get your kids involved in the cooking, and offer recipes they can make on their own. Cooking together with your kids is one of the most powerful ways to ensure your family’s health, build self esteem, develop your child’s palate, and set your kids on a lifetime path of confident cooking and healthy eating.

Pick up a copy of The Family Cooks online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or Books-a-Million, and let us know what you think.

Thanks for your support and happy cooking!

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Laurie & Kirstin on HuffPost Live

Yesterday, Laurie and Kirstin appeared live on HuffPost’s Third Metric, taking questions about the new book “The Family Cooks” and the importance of cooking at home.

Watch the full video above.

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Everyone’s Starving, Do You Know What You Are Cooking for Dinner?

for Lauri David's Cookbook, "Family Cooks."

Do you know what you are cooking for dinner? If you are like most people, you don’t. The cure is pure and simple, we need to get back into the kitchen, with a grocery bag of real good old-fashioned food, and start cooking again. Well, maybe not so simple. There are so many reasons, both bad and good that we have stopped cooking, but it has gotten to the point where we have to stop giving the reasons why we can’t cook and start finding the ways we can…

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New “Fed Up” Movie Poster Debuts


The new movie poster for the documentary FED UP, executive produced by Laurie, debuted on The Huffington Post yesterday. The film opens in theaters across the country on May 9. Click here for a larger version of the poster.

For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see, and it will change the way you eat forever.

And be sure to check out the official trailer.

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Food + Film: NYC Screening of “Fed Up” plus Q&A with Laurie David, April 27


Food + Film Screening of “Fed Up” plus Q&A with Laurie David

When: Sunday, April 27, 10am-12pm

Where: The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn NY; Screening Room (tickets available here)

What: The Food Book Fair will host the first New York screening of the documentary “Fed Up“ followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer Laurie David.

A film that upends the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, “Fed Up” reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. The film will be released May 9th. Watch the trailer.

Laurie will also discuss her new book, The Family Cooks. Book signing to follow in Wythe Library (12:00-12:30PM).

Click here to purchase tickets.

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