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All Around the Table

Spending mealtime together does more than feed your family

Michael Pollan
Nov 12, 2014 · 9 min read

But as most kids probably feel about the household they grew up in, whatever it is must be what’s normal. Right?

Since those days, the Pollan family table has branched into five family tables, as each of us kids has carried the traditions forward into our own homes.


Something had to give, and in many homes what gave was sitting down to a home-cooked family meal.

But even those of us who have trouble finding the time to put a real dinner on the table have come to realize what is lost when we don’t do it. It is no coincidence that the rise in obesity in America closely tracks the decline in home cooking. Why?

The practical realities of daily home cooking and cleaning encourage us to use the best ingredients we can afford and then prepare them as simply as possible — right there, a pretty good recipe for healthy eating.

The family meal is the nursery of democracy.


My mother and sisters are not professional cooks, and this, oddly enough (or maybe not so oddly), probably explains why this eminently practical cookbook really works. Because most of us aren’t professional cooks either.

But it’s a trap for parents, complicating the cooking of family meals and undermining the virtues of sharing while stunting the development of kids’ taste for real, grown-up food.

Rather than argue for the importance of family meals — something you already know, or you probably wouldn’t have picked it up — it will, one practical step at a time, help you to make them a nightly reality, straightforward to prepare, and delicious to enjoy together.


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Michael Pollan

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Author of Food Rules; In Defense of Food; The Omnivore’s Dilemma; The Botany of Desire; A Place of My Own and Second Nature.

Galleys

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A home for books and authors on Medium

Michael Pollan

Written by

Author of Food Rules; In Defense of Food; The Omnivore’s Dilemma; The Botany of Desire; A Place of My Own and Second Nature.

Galleys

Galleys

A home for books and authors on Medium

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