Teaching Kids to Explore With a Fork

Dinner is a celebratory and full contact relationship with the natural world.

I was raised in a family in Washington, D.C., that had dinner together nearly every night of the year. There was rarely a better meal to be found anywhere.

My parents were good cooks, and intrepid ones at that. My mom would prepare the slow-cooked dishes like grape leaves, stews, curries, and the three-month-long-process fruitcake that left the kitchen smelling as boozy as a Eugene O’Neill character. My father was the short order cook of the family. He would take off his tie, don one of the aprons that hung behind the kitchen door and prepare in ...

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