I just got a copy of Laurie David's new cookbook, "The Family Dinner." I can hardly wait to get into the kitchen. Cooking together and eating together as a family is a great way to preserve lasting relationships. I love time in the kitchen with my own family — I look forward to using the basic and for sure tasty recipes in this book. I know others in my family will create fancier variations. The message is simple — get out your newly sharpened chef's knife and enjoy slicing, dicing, and chopping your way through the chapters. And, unless you are making a vinaigrette using a whisk, you don't have to worry about mincing or macerating.