Here’s a challenge for you: Name a memorable family gathering that didn’t involve something good to eat.
Now, think about it. I’ll sit here and wait while you do.
What’s that? You can’t?
I figured as much. Because food and family are inextricably intertwined. From Thanksgiving dinners in the fall, romantic Valentine’s Day feasts for two in the winter, to gooey, delectable smores around a smoldering fire pit in the summer, the time we spend with loved ones is often punctuated by good eats.
And while it comes as no surprise that the world-renowned book series Chicken Soup for the Soul knows a thing or two about the importance of family, the franchise has also knows that eating with family is akin to the proverbial cherry on top.
As a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series – Need a gift idea? Why, just click the Buy my books link on the menu bar! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) – I am pleased to share with you that Chicken Soup for the Soul’s first TV show, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: FOOD & FAMILY, is airing this month on PBS. The one-hour show is a fun and informative look at how we eat, where we eat, and what we cook. The show reminds us about the importance of gathering our family and friends around the dinner table and will demonstrate some easy recipes that anyone can cook. The program will even incorporate stories into the show and, as you might expect, a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love – which includes a story written by yours truly about a dinner Scott made for me while I was pregnant with Scotty – is featured in the thank you gift that PBS donors will receive:
Three extraordinary hosts from the food world — Amy Newmark, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Catherine Cassidy, Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home Magazine, and John Doherty, former Executive Chef of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York — are joined with commentary from internist Suzanne Koven, MD, to explore the relationship between food, family and love.
Here’s a preview:
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: FOOD & FAMILY has already been picked up by 202 of the 355 PBS stations around the country. The program is scheduled to air at least once in each of those markets during the August Pledge Drive. Your best bet is to check the listings of your local PBS station(s) to see if they are showing it. If you don't see it, give them a call because some of the stations are not showing it in the listings because it was a late addition to the schedule.
In today's crazy, busy world, gathering together for dinner with family or friends can seem like a luxury. But sharing food with people you care about is not only fun — it's important for health and well-being, and has the power to create lasting bonds between the generations.
So make a date to grab a family member – or two, or twenty – as well as a delectable snack and watch CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: FOOD & FAMILY. It’s sure to be delicious fun!
But first, what's the best food you've ever eaten with family or friends?
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