Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul Food & Family on PBS

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:
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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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14 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment. And YES to food being such a huge part of family time. From recipes being handed down to the smell of that certain food reminding you of years gone by...I love it all!

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    1. Good Morning, Allie! Thank you SO much for the congrats!!! <3 <3 This Food and Love edition was my 7th (or 8th) story published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul series, but I must say, it was one of the easiest to write: It was about the Steak Oscar Scott prepared for me while I was pregnant with Scotty...

      I am party hanging my head in shame with this admission, as I had been a long-time vegetarian, and then, well, baby wanted steak. :-(

      I can't cook worth a darn, so I'm not going to touch the recipe portion of your comment, but with regard to food "reminding you of years gone by" and "loving it all!"

      I so agree!

      Thank you for commenting, and have a great Wednesday!

      xo

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  2. Congratulations on your achievement! I have been intrigued by trying to submit a story for Chicken Soup For The Soul but I am a little nervous to try it. And I can't remember a time when we had a family gathering without food. I loved the stories from my husband about his family and spaghetti making, I could picture it in my mind vividly!

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    1. Thank you! And don't be nervous, Ana Lynn! There is absolutely no need. The Chicken Soup editors are awesome in every way and really do make the submission process as stress-free as possible. Just do it!!

      Oh, and on a side note, Mmmmmmmm, spaghetti. Is it bad that I now want some for breakfast? lol

      Thank you for commenting this morning! <3

      xo

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  3. Congratulations, Courtney! You so rock!! Everything my mommy makes is so delish but my favorite dish of hers is Rouladen. She is from Germany/Hungary so everything is authentic. She loves cooking and still cooks everyday like there is a family of five still living with her! There is seriously no room in her fridge when you open it! Bless her!!

    xxo

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    1. Thank you, Susie! I don't even know what Rouladen is (I'm off to Google after this...) but you make it sound DI-VINE! (I do believe that is the power of the adjective "authentic." I know a couple of people who are of Hungarian heritage, and I have heard nothing but great things about their food...

      Great. Now I'm hungry. lol

      xo

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  4. Congratulations Courtney, how exciting and a huge accomplishment! The family and I gather around the table often and eat together. During that time we love to discuss what is currently going on with our lives.

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    1. Louida, that is such a fabulous tradition that you and your family are engaging in! And it is one that will surely serve your family -- particularly the girls -- for years to come...

      What a fantastic comment! Thank you so much for sharing!

      (And thank you for your congratulations, too!)

      xo

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  5. I love PBS I will have to will have to check my local programming schedule to see if it will be shown where I live.

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    1. Hi, Sonya! Please do check your local listings -- I know it comes on here in Metro Detroit this Sunday, so Scott and I will watch after we put the kiddos to bed...

      Happy Tuesday, and thank you for commenting. :-)

      xo

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  6. Hi Courtney - I am so excited for you and congrats and continued blessings sent your way so that you can bless others. We are having a BBQ on Monday night with some family and friends... just because. No special occasion needed... every day is special and a gift. Hugs, Holly

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    1. Thank you, Holly!

      "No special occasion needed... "

      Now, see, this is a creed I am really trying to live by, particularly in hopes that it will rub off on S and K: We should eat cake for breakfast sometimes, have dinner on the "good" china just because, and toast at every meal.

      Funny, I just noticed that even everything I wrote above relates to food. I'm always hungry. :-(

      Have a great weekend!

      xo

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    1. Thank you, Mari! Have a great Friday...and an awesome weekend!

      xo

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