Eating Together Being Together

Recipes, Activities, and Advice from a Chef Dad and Psychologist Mom

Non-Fiction - Cooking/Food
256 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2024
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Eating Together Being Together by Julian and Caroline Clauss-Ehlers is packed full of helpful information concerning both cooking and parenting. Combining these two categories is a natural fit when considering how much time goes into food preparation and family time spent eating together. Each section includes ideas for family time, eating mindfulness, fun facts, parenting hints, recipes, and nutrition information. Some of the many suggestions deal with enabling children to make healthy choices and eat nutritious food. Children tend to open up while helping prepare meals and snacks. Julian and Caroline also include many family activities centered on food. The hints on managing, arranging, and filling a kitchen for maximum use are excellent. This book will appeal to readers on many levels. I have never seen a book combining parenting and culinary skills, but this book does. Julian and Caroline have hit a home run, and I hope they have started a new trend.

What do you get when you pair a professionally trained chef with a psychotherapist to write a book? Working together, Julian C.E. Clauss-Ehlers and Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers combine their separate fields to produce an amazing book that is part cookbook and part parenting book. Their two areas of expertise combine seamlessly, creating a book that is a pure delight to read. Caroline gives ideas to get your children to eat foods that are good for them. Julian takes away the concerns attached to cooking new foods. Their writing style makes the reader feel comfortable, even in areas that have produced anxiety in the past. The importance of modeling is taught, as well as eating mindfulness. The model HAVEN is introduced to support listening skills. I highly recommend this book and hope more like it are published soon.