Part cookbook, part reflection on the changing role of dinner in our culture and part celebration of family and community—that's what you'll find in Whatever Happened to Dinner? by Melodie M. Davis. It's a book that invites people to eat together, even as it acknowledges the challenges of living in a culture that often pulls us apart.
"This book attempts to be an honest appraisal of family meal customs of the past while sending a clear invitation to reexamine our lifestyles of thrashing about madly in relentless activity. It is a road map—or at least ideas—for how to manage regular family mealtimes, along with simple quick recipes and more complicated dishes. It is an examination of the role food and mealtime play in the family and a reminder of how God gave us the good gift of food."
—Melodie M. Davis
"Whatever Happened to Dinner? will be a great help and comfort to parents who are looking to make their family mealtimes more satisfying, more regular, more meaningful, more tasty."
—Miriam Weinstein, author of The Surprising Power of Family Meals
"The author loads the book with helpful suggestions and illustrations from life and Scripture, and with practical ideas as to how it can be done today. The family meal can still be the family's finest hour."
—John M. Drescher, author of Seven Things Children Need
"In her creative style, Melodie Davis calls us to meaningful family times as well as to community hospitality . . . come to dinner, one and all."
—Myron S. Augsburger, president emeritus of Eastern Mennonite University
"A real eye-opener to the many positive influences acquired by sharing at family mealtimes."
—Esther H. Shank, author of Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets
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Table of Contents
Benefits of Eating Together
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