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Weekend Reading: A Dysfunctional Family + Dinner Help

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Disclosure: I was provided a copy of Dinner 411 in order to facilitate this review. This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.

This weekend I read two books– one an e-book that promised to give me some help getting dinner on the table quickly, and the second was This Is Where I Leave You, which also happens to be a movie that is currently playing in theaters.

Dinner 411 is an e-book that provides “tips and tricks so you can get dinner on the table for your busy family in 30 minutes or less.” It is written by Christina Hitchcock of It’s a Keeper, a blog with tons of tried and true recipes.

Topics in Dinner 411 include: meal planning, stocking your pantry, grocery shopping strategies, and organizing your kitchen.

It also includes a collection of quick, easy recipes. Two that I am eager to try are the Parmesan Peas and the Easy Oven Fries.

While none of the tips in Dinner 411 struck me as revolutionary, they are certainly the fundamental strategies for family meal planning.

Dinner 411 is a great resource for those new to the hustle and bustle of getting dinner on the table while having kids hanging off your legs, dogs barking, and neighborhood kids banging on your door for playdates.

It’s available on your Kindle for $4.99 from Amazon.

Next up is This Is Where I Leave You. Have you seen commercials for this movie? It starts Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda and more.

I didn’t even realize it was a movie when my book club chose it as our next book. But now I am so excited to see the movie, because the book was such a delight!

 From the publisher:

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened.

With the big family holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas steadily approaching, it was the perfect season to read a book about a dysfunctional family gathering.

This Is Where I Leave You was witty, engaging, warm, and laugh-out-loud funny. It will definitely go on my “Read Again” list of books. I flew through it in two days and did not want it to end. I can’t wait until a couple years passes and I settle in to read it again!

I’d love to hear from anyone who has seen the movie, so leave a comment if you have!

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