- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 26, 2002

Books

• "The Trouble With Perfect: How Parents Can Avoid the Overachievement Trap and Still Raise Successful Children," by Dr. Elisabeth Guthrie and Kathy Matthews, Broadway Books, 2002. Dr. Guthrie, a psychiatrist, writes about how today's families have put an importance on extracurricular activities rather than time together.

• "Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing," by Michele Borba, Jossey-Bass, 2001. This book stresses the importance of family time and communication as keys to raising well-grounded children.

Cookbooks

These books offer quick-and-easy recipes for busy families that would like to eat together.

• "Desperation Dinners: Homecooked Meals for Frantic Families in 20 Minutes Flat," by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross, Workman Publishing Co., 1997.

• "Fix It and Forget It Cookbook: Feasting With Your Slow Cooker," by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good, Good Books, 2001.

• "Six Ingredients or Less: Pasta and Casseroles," by Carljean Johnson, CJ Books, 1996.

• "One Dish Meals," by Catherine Pagano Fulde, Bristol Publishing Enterprises Inc., 1999.

Associations

• American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606. Phone: 312/899-0040. Web site: www.eatright.org. The ADA has many tips on creating quick and healthy family meals and making dinnertime a priority.

Online

• On www.family1st.org, the site of a Minnesota-based family advocacy group, visitors can find ideas for creating more family time.

• Visitors can find time-saving tips for cooking nutritious family meals at Family Food Zone (www.familyfoodzone.com), a site sponsored by the National Dairy Council.

• Allrecipes Inc. (www.allrecipes.com) is an extensive recipe Web site that features family tested, easy recipes.

• Recipesource Inc. (www.recipesource.com) is another recipe database featuring more than 70,000 selections.

• CondeNet Inc. has a Web site (www.epicurious.com) where visitors can find recipes through a search engine.


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