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Laurie David
Environmentalist, Producer and Author of The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time

Laurie wants to help America’s overwhelmed families sit down to dinner in her newest book The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time. The Family Dinner is an inspirational, practical—and, of course, green -- guide to the most important hour in your family’s day, dinnertime. With input from more than 50 experts in everything from parenting to poetry to pasta, this book is chock full of fantastic family approved recipes, dinner conversation starters, ways to express gratitude, green values for the kitchen and a whole lot more. The Family Dinner will help families cut through the fog of computers, television, texting and busy schedules and will help overwhelmed parents re-discover the joy of this time honored ritual.

Over the past decade, Laurie has produced several projects to bring the issue of global warming into mainstream popular culture – including authoring the bestselling book, Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You! and The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming, co-authored with Cambria Gordon, written for kids of all ages. The New York Times writes about the Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, “…I’ve never seen a more comprehensive explanation of the phenomenon in so few words” and it received the prestigious Green Earth Book Award in the nonfiction category.

Laurie is a producer of the 2006 Academy Award winner An Inconvenient Truth and executive produced the TBS comedy special Earth to America!, which featured Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Steve Martin and Jack Black among many others and the HBO documentary Too Hot Not to Handle, which won a Gracie Allen Award. In the spring of 2007 Laurie launched the Stop Global Warming College Tour with Sheryl Crow, where they visited college campuses throughout the South East on a biodiesel tour bus and raising awareness and inspiring students to become part of the movement to stop global warming.

In 2005 Laurie founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March at www.stopglobalwarming.org. With over 1 million marchers, StopGlobalWarming.org engages religious leaders, sports figures, elected officials from all sides of the aisle, business leaders, and every day Americans to urge the United States to address the ticking time bomb that is global warming.

She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America and a Humanitas Prize Special Award for An Inconvenient Truth. In May 2007, Laurie was honored with the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award and the Feminist Majority’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award. She was also awarded the prestigious NRDC 2006 Forces for Nature award.

Laurie, a regular blogger on the Huffington Post, has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, and MSNBC and was named a 2006 Glamour Woman of the Year. She has been featured in People, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle, Wired, House & Garden, Outside, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

Entries by Laurie David

A Healthy Week Begins... On Sunday!

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:12 AM

We need your help -- actually, we all need each other's help!

Although dinner might be just about our only daily opportunity to sit down together, catch up and eat a healthy meal, we tend to be too busy/stressed/tired (you can throw in a dozen other reasons) to cook ourselves....

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Taylor Swift: You Are Sweet Enough

(151) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 9:25 AM

Coca-Cola has gone too far. Just two weeks ago, Coca-Cola made a big show of "caring" about our country's obesity epidemic, releasing an ad that declared, "We are concerned, we care and we are all in this together." The next week, they announce their successful seduction of our children's favorite...

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Why Beyonce Is the Wrong Star for the Star-Spangled Banner

(752) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Are we really going to help the children of our nation lead healthy lives, or not? If we are, we'll have to stop pretending it's a good idea to give the new face of Pepsi, aka Beyoncé, the honor of singing our national anthem at President Obama's second inauguration. It's...

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The Real Military Sex Scandal

(554) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 7:28 AM

Flirtatious emails. Jealous threats. Consensual sex. Scandalous? Hardly. Try... Foolish. Ubiquitous. All too human adult behavior. And frankly none of our business.

The real scandal is that this type of behavior -- stumbled upon via highly questionable investigative practices -- is what garners nonstop media coverage and glaring headlines...

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Kick the Can

(160) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 8:47 AM

It's time to start naming names. So, here goes: Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Lebron James, David Beckham and Michael Jordan. These are just a few of the athletes and singers who've recently lent (well, OK, sold) their name, cachet, and...

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The Prince's Speech

(54) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 7:34 AM

Last spring, right on the heels of one of the biggest events in his life, his son's wedding -- and with the eyes of the world upon his family -- Prince Charles came to the United States to deliver a speech at Georgetown University about the future of food.

There's...

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Paula Deen Should Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

(275) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 7:54 AM

Dear Paula Deen,

I can't stop thinking about you. Worrying, really, because from the text of your tweets it sounds like you aren't really on board for the lifestyle overhaul your diabetes diagnosis demands. I am sure you are stressed too from the public relations debacle your affiliation with a...

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Parenting Trap # 84: The Date Who Doesn't Ring The Bell

(181) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 8:17 AM

The scary issues of raising kids in the digital age are well documented, but I want to red flag the subtle changes in parenting that occur because of the ubiquitous cell phone, without our even noticing. One of those very moments occurred in my house this week.

It's after dinner...

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Thanksgiving Conversation Starter: Is It Time to Ban Soda Ads on Prime Time Television?

(397) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 12:58 PM

Did you know Coca-Cola's first television ad aired on Thanksgiving Day in 1950? It was part of a special live production featuring the ventriloquist Edger Bergen and his sidekick Charlie McCarthy? It was a humble foray into the new but powerful advertising medium for the soft drink giant....

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The Perennial Plate Comes to Visit

(5) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 12:07 PM

Laurie: It's pretty great having chefs as friends, but when they make house calls, well, that's off the charts. Last week, Daniel and Mirra, the cross-country traveling duo behind my favorite web series The Perennial Plate landed for their first visit to Martha's Vineyard.

A tad road weary,...

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Every Mother's Nightmare: Bacteria in Recalled Ground Turkey Is Resistant to Antibiotics

(226) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 12:01 PM

If you have ever woken up in the middle of the night panicked that you won't make it to the bathroom in time, or heard a scream from your child and sat with them shaking over a garbage can for hours on end, you know how brutal food poisoning can...

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New Girlfriends

(84) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 10:23 AM

Want to be my friend? Feed me. Feed me ideas, wisdom, good food, laughs, knowledge. That is what great friendships are about and that is what makes me happy. Feed me. And when you do that, I feed you. Nourishment, mind and body, is what makes a healthy, mature female...

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Montana, Could Your Congressman's Actions Someday Make Your Child Sick?

(29) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 10:09 AM

Hey Montana moms and dads, do you know what your sole Congressman, Rep. Denny Rehberg is up to these days? Thanks to one of his proposed amendments targeting the Food and Drug Administration the "miracle drug" that your children depend on to fight nasty ear infections or pneumonia could lose...

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Groups Sue FDA for Putting Pigs Before People

(164) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 1:35 PM

Force-feeding prescription drugs to healthy people, just to make them grow faster, would be considered ludicrous by any doctor. Possibly even criminal.

That's why the Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, and other health and science groups filed suit yesterday against the Food and Drug...

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Perfect Harmony or Imperfect Hormone-y?

(68) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 12:56 PM

I love American Idol. Sorry to see it end this week. I watch from the early city auditions to the bitter end, even when my fave is unceremoniously voted off (Durbin rules!). But I have to say there is something really disturbing about those Coca-Cola ads and I can't pretend...

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A Simpler, Cleaner Life

(27) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 8:54 AM

If you haven't already discovered him on your own, let me introduce you to my new friend Daniel Klein, the chef and star behind web series cult favorite, The Perennial Plate (ThePerennialPlate.com). This young lad does it all; he forages, he hunts, he fishes, he cooks. His skills...

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Hold That Receipt, Thank You

(160) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 7:57 AM

You know that little slip of paper you shove into your purse, wallet or pocket many times during the day? The one you're handed when you buy your coffee, your lunch, your groceries, that new bathing suit, that bestseller, gas for your car, the pack of gum and the smoothie....

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Wake Up, Secretary Vilsack

(24) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 8:34 AM

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

I'd like to thank you for tackling some very tough questions from audience members at last Wednesday's The Future of Food conference in Washington, DC. Your passion and commitment for farmers and rural communities is moving and greatly appreciated. I must admit, however, I am...

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The Perfect Gift for Mother's Day

(29) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 3:51 PM

Ignore the multimillion dollar ad campaigns for pearls, diamonds and designer bags. Forget the store bought roses, scarves and candy. Don't fret that Mother's Day is only a couple of days away and neither you nor the kids have bought anything. This year the very best gift anyone can give...

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This Is the Game Changer!

(118) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 8:54 AM

I know, everyday there is another warning about sugar, or mercury or coffee (is it good or bad?). But this is different. This is a sirens blasting, red lights blinking moment. It's hard to shock me, but when I read the report on Friday that almost half of...

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