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What’s for Dinner?
The Family Supper: Deconstructed
As the old adage goes, “The family that eats together keeps together.” Unfortunately, in many homes the evening meal is taken in front of the television, on the sofa, and separately from the other members. Other families just grab food on the go or leave other individuals to fend for themselves.
When I worked for the Royal Family, even they did not eat their suppers together. Young children would eat separately from their parents. It was tradition that until the children knew proper dinner-table etiquette, they would eat their meals in the nursery with the nanny. Clearly, it’s not just American families that don’t share their mealtimes with one another.
In such a fast-paced world where most of us barely have enough time to sit down for a meal, let alone cook an entire meal, what’s a family to do? Of course, it helps if you have a chef at home to plan and prepare dinner. But if you don’t, not to worry. It is possible for your family to enjoy an old-fashioned meal together.
Darren McGrady, who is the author of Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen, is the last chef who worked with Princess Diana. For the last 10 years he has been working as the private chef of a Texas billionaire.