Friday Reading & Eating

What I’m reading and eating this week:

Is your tween or teenager obsessed with 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix series that some argue romanticizes suicide?  Here are some good talking points from the Jed Foundation if so. (More guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists)

Another reason to love John Green: His laptop art.

Just pre-ordered The Dinner Party.

On my dinner line-up next week. How freaking good does that look?

From the Archives: Burrito Bowls!

Read of the Week: Who knew barbecue sauce could be so political?

Deal of the Week: Kindle version of Dinner: A Love Story is $1.99 right now!

Unclear where my kitchen would go, but how cool is the concept of the Tiny Hut?

Meet the Woman Who Took Down Bill O’Reilly. Badass!

I’ll bet you can guess what Anthony Bourdain thinks of the Unicorn Frappuccino.

Letting Go of Objects Connected to Grief

How do we feel about restaurants banning children under 5?

Me R N.

How to Make Ice. Hahahahaha.

Not sure why this is so exciting, but Ample Hills is now available on Amazon. (I just ordered a four-pack of The Munchies to give out as host gifts all summer long.)

Dinner + Roz Chast + Kid’s Literature = HOW THE HECK DID I NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS BOOK UNTIL NOW? (Thank you, Mrs. Little)

How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss

A little bit obsessing over the whole vibe of the kitchen included in this round-up.

The family menu options at Martha & Marley Spoon (the meal-kit delivery service) have doubled — they’re now offering ten of their best-selling family recipes on the menu line-up each week. (We made this crazy-easy Shrimp and Tomato Bread Salad on Wednesday to rave reviews from all four diners; even if you don’t do the delivery service, I encourage you to make the recipe.) MMS was nice enough to give DALS readers a discount code — please type in DINNERLOVE30 at checkout for $30 off your first box. (Offer expires May 7.)

My instagram followers know this already, but I really loved Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, Anything is Possible.

Finally, the cartoon panels you’re looking at above (“How Was School?”) were sketched by my Phoebe, who for every family member’s birthday features the celebrant (in this case, me!) in a comic strip or illustration. They are always so sweet and thoughtful, but this one really made my heart swell. A good reminder that just showing up is sometimes enough.

Have a great weekend.

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The fact that your daughter drew you that cartoon is making my heart explode. Happy Birthday, and awesome work Phoebe. My girls are 4 and 6, and I hope that they get how much I love being with them, even on an average weekday night.


First: Happy Birthday!
Second: Phoebe has some serious talent!
Third: Burrito Bowls is one of my all-time DALS favorites and rivals Sunday Minestrone for the most-requested meal from my 8 and 5 year olds.


Ahh! That is so sweet of Phoebe! I can’t tell you how many times I ask my almost 10 and 13 year-olds, “How was your day?” and they have a total meltdown because of everything in the thought bubble! It is such a loaded question in our household…Happy Birthday!


Thank you for posting the article about Emily Steel! Bad ass is an understatement! Kudos to journalists that are tenacious in such a treacherous time!


Oh my gosh…that piece on letting go of items attached to grief. Heart strings sufficiently tugged, eyes sufficiently moistened. Well written and timely for me. Thanks, xoxo.

Aubrey Hoeppner

That salad was awesome! I ate half the shrimp-tomato-lemon mix on top of spinach and have half for my lunch protein tomorrow.


If you make the hangar steak salad, can you share the one you came up with….mr. appleman didn’t share 🙁 I’m curious as the dressing seems more than sesame seeds and lime.