The Dinner Diaries

The Dinner Diaries

Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World

By Betsy Block

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565125704, 261pp.

Publication Date: July 8, 2008

"I'd always thought food was pretty straightforward: you're hungry, you eat; you're not, you don't. Then I became a mother." So begins Betsy Block's humorous, life-changing book on the ultimate of all makeovers: improving the family meal. But how is her plan even possible when eleven-year old Zack's favorite food is Halloween candy; little Maya is so picky that she'll only eat cut squares of white bread; and her husband's idea of a gift is an electric fryer?
Determined not to give up the good-food fight, Betsy comes up with a creative ten-step makeover plan. She consults experts, visits farms, and shows how she and her family manage the pitfalls, struggles, and triumphs of eating well when busy schedules, surreptitious lunch trades, snack machines, permissive grandparents, and willful temptations intervene. With helpful charts, food lists, recipes, tips, and suggested culinary and farm programs for kids, "The Dinner Diaries" chronicles one family's intrepid ten-month challenge to change the way they eat one forkful at a time.

About the Author
Betsy Block has written food features and restaurant reviews for the "Boston Globe" and "Wondertime Magazine", and online for "". A regular contributor to "NPR's Kitchen" Window, she lives in Boston with her husband, two children, and fourteen-year-old mutt.