The Dinner Diaries: Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World

From Algonquin Books

A harried married mother of two, Betsy Block is in pursuit of the perfect family meal: local, toxin-free, humane, and healthful. But soon she finds herself in a mealtime maze beset by conflicting, often unrealistic advice, and further complicated by two picky kids and a finicky husband. Determined not to give up the good-food fight, she comes up with a creative ten-step makeover plan. She consults experts, visits farms, and overcomes the pitfalls, struggles, and triumphs of eating well when busy schedules, surreptitious lunch trades, snack machines, permissive grandparents, and willful temptations intervene.

The Dinner Diaries is for any family who wants to change they way they eat - one forkful at a time.

The Dinner Diaries was Family Circle magazine's Book Pick of the Month for September and the Progressive Book Club's Staff Pick for July. It has been featured in Everyday with Rachael Ray, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and it received a starred review in It's said to "read like a novel" and be "laugh-out-loud" funny.

For more, go to the reviews page.

Since the book came out in July 2008, Betsy has given many national radio interviews as well as readings across the East Coast. Her radio and speaking engagement hosts have called her interviews and presentations "engaging," "wonderful" and "delightful."

The Dinner Diaries is printed on recycled stock with 30% post-consumer content.


Take your time and enjoy it.  ~Ellis Block

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink... ~Epicurus

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.  ~Joan Gussow

All sorrows are less with bread.  ~Miguel de Cervantes

The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small.  ~Woody Allen