It’s Friday! When my family and I sit down in a while for family dinner, it will be to the most incredible Sicilian pizza from a local, family owned pizzeria. It’s my night off from cooking, but it’s not a night off from the ritual of eating together. Most of the other evenings this week, I’ve prepared healthy family dinners for us to share together.

I thought I’d leave you with a little weekend reading on the importance of family dinner and some advice on how to make it happen.

  • Bon Appetit has been offering a Family Dinner Primer this week on the website. They have articles on How to Eat with Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind, Learn How to Shop, and more to help families put the ritual into place.
  • I really like this piece on Babble titled Why We Bother With Family Dinner. The author comments that it “anchors my family like nothing else” and gives six reasons why they bother to do it even though they have hectic schedules.
  • I interviewed Laurie David, author of “The Family Dinner” for a feature piece in Edible Jersey magazine. She gave several tips for successful family dinners, including one that I think is so incredibly important to make it manageable, “cook for the family, not for the kids.”
  • If you’re very interested in learning more about the importance of family dinner and how it fits into your life, look into going to The Family Dinner Conference on April 18 in New York City.
Enjoy your weekend!

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: Make sure you sit down to family dinner this weekend
Information on the importance of family dinner and tips for getting it on the table.