Book Giveaway: The Pollan Family Table


The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this  gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family—with a foreword from Michael Pollan for our June giveaway.

In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family’s best recipes.

Standouts like Grand Marnier Citrus Roasted Chicken, Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Chips, and Key Lime Pie with Walnut Oatmeal Crust are easy to make yet sophisticated enough to dazzle family and friends.

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3.  What was the favorite family meal when you were a child?  Like under 10-years old?  I loved my mom’s chili.  Everyone did.  Chili night was usually Friday night and June served it with carrot and celery sticks and saltine crackers with cheddar cheese.  Very 50’s. My version of her recipe is LINKED HERE.  Okay.  YOUR TURN.   Type your answer as a comment to this post.

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99 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Pollan Family Table

  1. I loved the meal that our family called the Birthday Breakfast. We had it every birthday and on Christmas morning. It was a heavy, old-fashioned dish called “eggs goldenrod” that I would not serve today (think eggy white sauce on english muffins with grated hard-boiled yolks on top), but I loved the ritual and I try to build the same kind of special memories that my mom did so well when I was growing up.

  2. Hmmm…that’s a tough one because my mom is a great cook. Having been a vegetarian for over half of my life it is ironic that one of my favorite meals was pot roast. We didn’t have it every Sunday like some families I know. so I guess it remained a special dish. Not to mention the yummy leftovers!

  3. We had Bunyan burgers in honor of Paul(Bunyan) ground beef rolled thin between wax paper into a 10″ disk then stuffed with diced veg and cheese. Folded over and grilled in a rack because they are a bit fragile until cooked. Fun, fabulous and full family participation in cooking!!!

  4. My Mom used to make a “Mexican casserole” that had ground beef and veggies as the base and a kind of baked cornmeal crust. My favorite part was finding black olives in it, my favorite!

  5. New Mexico-style Enchiladas were my favorite growing up. Every Friday, my Papa made them from scratch. Started with bacon drippings and garlic, along with red chile powder from Chimayo. Blue corn tortillas fried, then stacked and topped with chopped purple onion, sharp cheddar cheese, homemade chile sauce, and a fried egg on top. It’s heaven on a plate. 🙂

  6. I remember Mom’s Tuna Casserole. I thought it was fancy and special, though we had it at least once a week. Now I know it was a simple meal, my single mom could get on the table and all four kids would eat it, without complaining. It was the tuna, mushroom soup and cheese on top basic. I have learned to modify the recipe and add veggies, for my kids.

  7. I loved something we called Hungarian Goulash. Stew beef, in a not too spicy sauce(which must have had some paprika in it) and served over buttered egg noodles.

  8. Don’t think I had an absolute favorite. Yummy memories include southern fried chicken, meat loaf, breaded and pan fried pork chops, homemade french fries from our garden potato’s, and garden fresh veggies (eaten raw out of the garden).

  9. Growing up in Puerto Rico, my favorite family meal had to be “Asopao de Camarones” or Shrimp Rice Stew. It is a shrimp soup with a flavorful broth thickened with short grain rice. A very special treat.

  10. My favorite meal was Mom’s French Canadian toutière, her version being made with ground roast of beef….I’ve changed that over the years to ground pork, and flavoured with a lot of thyme!

  11. Because we were vegetarian , a large salad with multiple vegetables and potatoes and a fresh lemon salad dressing. Heaven on a plate

  12. My favorite supper was chicken and dumplings. It started with a whole stewing hen cooked until it came apart easily. Then onion, celery and a carrot were added. When the veggies were almost done, Mom would make the dumplings and drop them in the broth to cook. Warm and yummy. We all loved it.

  13. My favorite time of week for meals was Sunday afternoon dinners. We usually had guests and that meant lots of delicious food that had been simmering all morning during church! My favorite dish was stuffed bell peppers. Ground beef, onion, garlic, spices and sour cream on top. It was wonderful!

  14. I was that weird child—foodie even then–and I always requested Cheese Souffle. My poor mother……………………….

  15. My favorite was a breakfast dish. My mom made the most amazing coffee cake! It was cinnamony, but not very sweet. Every coffee cake I’ve tried since just isn’t the same. Mom’s was super simple, and that’s why I loved it!

  16. I’m Portuguese and my dad makes the absolute best Shrimp Mozambique. I had a lot of ‘favorites’ as a child but this one sticks out as the ultimate choice.

  17. My Nonna would make fresh pasta with pesto and it was the most amazing thing I’d ever tasted. She would pick the basil straight from her garden. It’s still my favorite meal but these days it’s gluten free pasta but the pesto recipe is still the same!

  18. beef stroganoff was definitely my favorite meal that my mom made. thank you for offering this giveaway. can’t wait to see the book!

  19. this is funny — our favorite meal was the one mom didn’t cook. (sorry, mom!) It was breakfast splits — your favorite crunchy breakfast cereal topped with everything that would come on a banana split — including the whipped cream and maraschino cherry. Wow! so yummy, but not so good for you. When I want a close approximation, I sprinkle crunchy cereal on top of a scoop of ice cream. 🙂

  20. I grew up in the Middle East. Most memorable meals were in summer by the sea-side, in our swim suits. Grilled whole fish, fins and all, lots of salad with lettuce,cucumbers, olives and tomatoes, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice, accompanied by a loaf of crusty bread, feta cheese and watermelon. Sheltered from the scorching sun, under a veranda. By the seaside there was always a breeze, though, coming from the waves. Even now, if I close my eyes, I can hear and smell it all….

  21. I have two favorite meals growing up. The first is my Grandma’s Chicken and Dumplings. She was from Arkansas and could do wonders with chicken. She also made every pie imaginable and never used a pie crust recipe and they were always fantastic with flaky crusts. My second favorite meal was hamburgers on the BBQ. My first 10 years of life were spent in the LA area and when we moved to Oregon, we raised our own beef. Wow, what a difference that made in the taste of the meat my mom served us.

  22. When I was young, our family ate a lot of steak in the summertime. My dad was an expert at grilling up a delicious t-bone steak. My mom would serve it with Indiana sweet corn (the best!), baked potato, sliced homegrown tomatoes, and tart lemonade. Ahh, it tasted so good after swimming and playing outside all day. Sweet memories!

  23. My favorite meal when I was under the age of ten was moms fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and corn.

  24. My favorite family meal as a kid was my dad’s bean tacos. I’d spy the bowl of beans left to soak and anticipate dinner all day- the smell of the beans cooking that evening filled the house… A big pot of beans with spices he would get from the co-op. Fresh lettuce, tomato, onions chopped up for everyone to make our own… The BEST. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and there were 4 kids to feed. Makes me appreciate it all the more now looking back, and I feed my 3 kids the same meal these days- everyone loves the smell and the kids all request their own small bowl of beans before dinners ready, that’s a good sign 🙂

  25. One of the gifts of being raised in the 50’s and 60’s were sit-down, home-cooked all-family meals every day. There were so many favorites, though the one I enjoyed the most in those younger years was meatloaf. The reason? Part of our chores was to either help with making the meal or with clean-up. It was fun making meatloaf as we got to taste it for seasoning along the way and mix it with our hands…one of the reasons I learned to feel so comfortable in the kitchen myself.

  26. Grandma’s German strudel, a kind of rolled dumpling steamed over pork. Delicious but complicated to make!

  27. Favorite meal was lamb chops with corn on the cob! To this day, it’s still the meal my mom makes when I go home to visit! And I am MUCH older than 10 now!!

  28. When my dad worked late we would always eat 2 things he didn’t like- homemade macaroni and cheese, and pan fried chicken livers. Now my husband is in the Army, so when he’s gone we usually plan one night to have that. 🙂

  29. I loved chicken and dumplings. My mother made homemade dumplings (which I have tried very hard to duplicate without her recipe). Perfect comfort food. My young adult children consider this the perfect “I’m home and can relax” dinner.

  30. One of my favorite dishes my mother made every Thanksgiving and many Christmas dinners was a Corn Bread Casserole where she used a corn muffin mix with milk, an egg and creamed corn that she spread on a greased pan, topped with fried onions, then spread sour cream over it all and finished with grated cheese. It was heavenly. I like to add jalapeno peppers for a bit of a kick.

  31. My mom’s halibut chowder made with fresh halibut (I was lucky enough to grow up in SE Alaska) 🙂 mmmm, makes me hungry!

  32. Pot roast. Although I don’t eat meat aside from fish any more, it still brings back the best Sunday dinner memories. I can smell it right now – pot roast with Kluske noodles and mashed potatoes. Yummmmm.

  33. Spaghetti. It was our Thursday night staple because that was church choir practice night, so my mom would make it up quick and leave the leftover noodles on the table. Prego spaghetti sauce with ground beef and Martha Gooch spaghetti noodles. I’m sure she served toast and salad, too, and I’m sure I passed it right up. 😉 Then, when she went choir, I would nibble on cold leftover noodles while I watched the Cosby Show.

  34. Corn on the cob, rolls just out of the oven at the bakery (that Dad picked up), water melon slabs that we ate sitting on the outside steps, spitting seeds on the grass – in R. I.

  35. Pancakes! My dad made oatmeal pancakes every weekend. It was (and still is) a tradition in his house and now I make the same pancakes with my children. We had busy evenings while I was growing up and it was seldom that we got to sit down together for dinner, but pancakes on Sunday we always had time for!

  36. The favorite at my grandmothers restaurant (I was very lucky!) was Pizza Burgers. Seasoned ground beef with a stringy hunk of mozzarella in the middle. Yum!

  37. My mom’s spaghetti with meat sauce. Just for kicks, my least favorite meal was liver or Swiss steak (which tasted like liver).

  38. I came from a big family where money was tight, so my mom had to feed a lot of us for cheap. I loved her pierogi’s with onions and butter. It was a favorite treat among all of us.

  39. So many, but I think I’d have to pick my mom’s chicken and dumplings. Not something I eat now, what with being vegetarian and avoiding white flour, but I have fond memories of my family sitting down to that meal. 🙂

  40. Taco night! We used those cardboard-like hard shells and shredded our own cheese and lettuce. The meat was ground beef with packaged seasoning. Grease dripping down to my elbows, splintered shell flying everywhere when I bit into my cleverly crafted taco; it was heaven! 🙂

  41. We had a morning ritual at our house of building a “birthday barricade” of streamers and balloons for the birthday kid to burst through once waking up that officiated the start of the new birthday year. After birthday barricade, we would have a special family breakfast, which would usually have fresh squeezed OJ that I would look forward to whenever we had a birthday coming up! It was always a treat.

  42. Well, hate to admit it — I’m still a sucker for mac and cheese like my Mom made. She DID NOT serve anything out of a box or can. Hers was made with milk, butter, flour and real cheddar cheese. Yummy!

  43. Anytime we had breakfast for dinner, although with four kids it was more often a necessity than a treat. Like home made waffles. Still there was something magical about sitting around the table waiting for the light to indicate they were done. My mom canned in the summer so there was almost always some kind of jam or canned peaches or pears to bring a little sweetness to the meal.

  44. My dad often fried fish for us on Friday nights and my Mom fried potatoes and made slaw and hush puppies. That was always one of my favorite suppers.

  45. My favorite dinner was a hash that my mom would throw together. Diced potatoes, beef, a veggie or two (maybe corn and peas), and seasonings. Strangely, I think it was my favorite for reasons other than taste. Don’t misunderstand – it was good! But I think it was my mom’s behaviour when she made it. She would smile, hum, and move her feet a bit. She enjoyed the dish, and I loved seeing her enjoyment. 🙂

  46. My favorite meal as a child was my mom’s beef roast served atop mashed potatoes with gravy and sauteed baby carrots. It is one of my favorite meals to this day.

  47. My favorite meal was generally left over night (every Friday) when mom made minestrone soup with the left over spaghetti and veggies, and often filled it out with grilled cheese or tuna on toasted hot dog rolls. Real simple kids fare!

  48. Mom’s fabulous Sunday breakfast … “thin hotcakes” AKA Swedish Crepes. Mom would make the batter from scratch. The crepes were big as a dinner plate and very thin. Once the crepe was on the plate we dressed the crepe with butter then peanut butter, Maple syrup, sometimes vanilla ice cream (!) Then we’d roll up the crepe into a handy long “tube” shape for ease in cutting off a bite. We’d then add sliced bananas or other fresh fruit on top topped off with more syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. We would eat four or five (and sometimes more). MMMMmmm better go make a batch !!

  49. My mom was in nursing school and then working nights when I was young, so cooking was definitely simple and frequently used processed convenience type foods. Tacos were the family favorite in my house during that time, with ground beef seasoned with one of those taco seasoning packets and corn tortillas shallow fried into shells. In my teen years, she cooked whole food meals much more often and watching and helping her is what spurred me to cook that way (and more) now that I am grown and have my own kids. 🙂

  50. My favorite meal as a kid was my mom’s potato salad and BBQ spare ribs made by my dad. It’s still my favorite thing to have when I go home to visit.

  51. Hmmm… so many good things to choose from! A few favorites: Lemon butter mushrooms (all the ingredients are in the name), popovers, strawberry-rhubarb glace pie, blintzs. I loved making corn tortillas with masa harina and water, then pressing them flat, and they were always fresh and delicious.

  52. Have to admit my fav childhood dinner was fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. Yep, I’m a Midwestern farm girl! How’d you guess??

  53. My favorite childhood meal was….fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. Yep…I was a Midwestern farm girl!

  54. Everything my mom made was wonderful, but my childhood favorite meal was my dad’s hamburgers. They were so good that all my friends wanted to stay for dinner if they knew Dad was making burgers.

  55. For some crazy reason, it was creamed tuna on Bisquick biscuits – I know – gross! But for some reason, it stands out in my mind – simple, quick, easy – and those frozen peas, little nuggets of green goodness in every bite ;).

  56. So many family meals…I was particularly fond of mashed white & sweet potatoes together with lots of butter, some milk, and nutmeg….with oven fried chicken, fresh green beans.

  57. Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs we would leave it in the cold cellar and scrape off the mold and reheat 🙂 A welcome addition to my shelf with feeding the whole family, feeding the young althelete, nourishing traditions. Who doesn’t love a new cookbook!!!

  58. I love artichokes. Mom would put them whole in the pressure cooker. She dipped her leaves in hollandaise sauce, while I wanted only melted butter. I didn’t like the choke, so she was more than happy to take it. I think it was one of my favorite meals because artichokes were one of the few things we were allowed to eat with our fingers. Everything else was fork and knife.

  59. My mom made a dish called Chicken Pacifica. I remember it had pineapple and green peppers and she served it over rice. I always requested it for my birthday meal.

  60. My step mother grew up north of Montreal in a small French village. This influenced her cooking tremendously. She spoiled us every day with not only a homemade meal but a homemade dessert. My favorite was a dish that she called “Millionaires Chicken”. She boiled a whole chicken until tender, took all of the meat off the bones and covered it with a sensational sauce that she made from scratch. She served this over rice.

  61. I hate to say it, but breaded veal scallops was my favorite. Now that I know why the meat was so pale and tender, I won’t order veal, but it was really delicious. Mom breaded everything – fish, shrimp, chicken, pork, and eggplant. I love it, but don’t cook that way very often.

  62. My mom made the best chicken and dumplings and this wonderful eggplant casserole. Two things I have never been able to duplicate.

  63. My aunt would visit from Germany and make the most amazing fruit crepes! I have never been able to duplicate them and while I have had some yummy crepes since, they are just not the same.

  64. Baked macaroni & cheese WITH buttered bread crumbs on top from the Fannie Farmer cookbook. My sister and I still fight over this and, um, we’re well over the age of ten.

  65. Chicken and rice! She bought wings and gizzards and pulled the bones
    out. I remember celery and onion and probably cream of something soup.
    We also always had a salad plate with a stack of white bread on it. My dad
    used mayonnaise (or maybe miracle whip) spread on the bread.

  66. My favorite meal growing up was my Mom’s lemon pepper chicken with potatoes and brussel sprouts. Mom always got the skin just right crispy. It was her specialty and it was a delight when she made it. Every time.

    1. Ummmm… my post’s time says 6:06pm which would disqualify me for the drawing but I’m in Seattle and it’s 11:08am. Not fair…

  67. My mom would make this soup we simply called “broccoli and cauliflower soup.” Of course, we actually sing the name, that’s part of the charm. But it wad simple and delicious with a dollop of sour cream, and born of frugal necessity 🙂

  68. I loved my mom’s shepherd’s pie. My parent’s cooking styles have changed over the years and they now claim that they never remember making it, but I have fond memories of eating it regularly!

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