For over a decade, Laurie David has brought her passion and dedication to a long list of environmental and food issues, including producing the Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Tackling big and complicated issues is Laurie’s forte and, to that end, she is now focused on exploring the American diet and why so many of us are sick. Along with Katie Couric, Laurie has executive produced Fed Up!, a feature-length documentary that opened in theaters on May 9th. The film examines the causes and impact of the childhood obesity epidemic and what can be done about it. Laurie has also authored two cookbooks, most recently The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That’s Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You. A follow-up to The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids One Meal at a Time, The Family Cooks was published on April 22, 2014.
No gift would make me happier than to have my friends and family watch my most recent project, Fed Up. This documentary upends the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, and unearths the dirty little secret the food industry doesn’t want you to know – far more of us are sick from what we are eating than anyone has ever realized! Once you’ve watched it, let me know what you think!
Cooking for someone is one of the most powerful ways to express your love for them. The best gift you could give to me is for you to make a dinner for your loved ones. Your family could include your husband and two kids or your best friend. Family is who you have dinner with.
Let's all give each other the gift of a healthy environment, antibiotic free meat, and a sustainable planet. For just a few dollars you can join the NRDC or another environmental organization on the forefront in protecting our planet.
My oldest daughter's friend coined the term "look up" this fall to describe what we all hope will become a movement. We want everyone to stop looking at their smartphones and look up. If you're walking - look up. If you're with friends - look up! Let's give each other the gift of presence so we can experience the wonder of the world around us together.
As you'll see in The Family Cooks, sweet potatoes are my favorite food. I can eat them morning, noon, and night. In fact, I love them so much I grow them on my farm! I would love it if you try a sweet potato with your next meal and share it with your kids. Skip the brown sugar, they are sweet enough, and discover the joys of a simple sweet potato. If you already love sweet potatoes too (and if you do, you obviously have good taste!) then try one new food. If you don't like it, don't give up. Try it again. It's like riding a bike! Before you know it you'll be cruising through your meal eating foods you never thought you would like!