The Pollan Family Table Review & Giveaway

Update: This giveaway has ended. The winner of the cookbook is Jancee! Thank you all for signing up. I hope you find access to this amazing book and get something out of it like I did.


Title: The Pollan Family Table
Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan
Published Date: 2014

Note: I received this book from the publisher for review and giveaway. Thoughts are my own and not altered by receiving the book.

Overview (Barnes & Noble):

A 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.

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. For generations, the Pollans have used fresh, local ingredients to cook healthy, irresistible meals. Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have changed our culture and the way we think about food, writes in his foreword about how the family meals he ate growing up shaped his worldview. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.

Get ready to set up the largest dinner table you’ve even seen because the Pollan family is here! Okay, not literally, but nevertheless I’m excited to write about The Pollan Family Table cookbook. A lot of people know about Michael Pollan, author of books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, but there’s more to Pollan family than Michael’s perspective, and this cookbook proves it. Mother Corky and sisters Lori, Dana, and Tracy bring to life the founding principles behind this healthy, insightful and humorous family.

My favorite part about this cookbook is the family emphasis on health. Their grandfather’s legacy of picking fresh fruit from the garden because “it just tasted better” provided a foundation that the family carries on to this day. The Pollan philosophy is “to try and pick the healthiest options [their] budget will allow,” and they opt for organic, grass-fed, and free-range products whenever possible. I understand the importance of healthy food and learning about food after working for a healthy food and supplement company for the past seven years. From my understanding, the Pollan family is doing food right.

Another key point of the cookbook is the discussion on “the communal meal.” The family deems it necessary for everyone, meaning all 21 members of the family, to come together regularly for a meal and family time. This involved building a larger table, and eventually a larger room. There are no kid’s tables in this family, and I think that’s genius. Even better, they focus on making meals that both adults and kids will enjoy. In short, they make food fun.

Aside from the important family dynamic outlined in the book, it also offers a “Market” and “Pantry” shopping list for each recipe to help shoppers figure out where to get their ingredients. This is especially helpful for those who are new to the concept of dinner around the table rather than out of a box or in a restaurant. They also include lists of pantry staples and necessary utensils to help keep your kitchen stocked with everything you’ll need on hand.

I am by no means a food photographer (my Instagram proves that) so I didn’t include any pictures, but I will say that this is the best cookbook to use when looking for a variety of recipes with easy-to-use guides. The book includes recipes for both meat lovers and vegetarians, and you’ll also fall in love with the dessert section. I mean, Orange Cake and S’mores Cookies are kind of essential to life. Even the healthiest eaters deserve a treat every so often.

I didn’t get a chance to try most of these recipes before starting my Whole30 challenge in January, but I’m excited to make the rest of the recipes now that I’m back to a more open-minded meal plan. This is the only cookbook I’ve come across apart from the Harry Potter Cookbook that I’ve wanted to make everything out of. If that doesn’t tell you everything, I don’t know what will.

In short, I’m ready to be invited to the Pollan’s house for dinner. I wouldn’t mind being adopted as their twenty-second family member. I’ll even bring my own chair, and more dessert.

Favorite Quotes

Corporations don’t cook as well as humans do.

The family meal is the nursery of democracy.


Discussion Questions:
What’s your dinner table like?

How would you like to improve dinnertime in your home?


The publisher has generously donated an additional copy of The Pollan Family Table for giveaway. This is definitely a cookbook you’ll want in your home.

Comment on this post with your email address and something relating to The Pollan Family Cookbook. You can answer one of my discussion questions or come up with something of your own. Earn a bonus point by following me on Twitter.

The giveaway will end on Sunday, February 8th at 11:59pm Eastern. I will contact the winner the following day.


13 thoughts on “The Pollan Family Table Review & Giveaway

  1. I would love to improve dinner time around here by having everyone contribute.
    This almost never happens. The best time it did happen was last summer when our family hosted three girls from Uganda for two weeks and they had us all together in the kitchen teaching us how to make an authentic Ugandan meal. It took us all a couple of hours to put together but we had the best time and learned some new skills.
    It was a precious time and one of my favorite all-time memories.
    This cook book sounds right up my alley.


  2. How exciting the Pollamd Family Cookbook is out! I love family dinners because you all comment on our day while enjoying a delicious meal. In Mexico our main meal is at lunch time, so we continued with this tradition in the US. It is wonderful to have a brake in the middle of the day to have family time and regroup our thoughts and daily experiences. We mix cuicines, since I have a Mexican background, always love to try new things and experiment in the kitchen, and my family y kind enogh to try everything I prepare (usually pointing towards good and healthy) my e-mail (don’t have twitter account)


  3. My man and I have both read Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food and found them full of great info about where food comes from and how the body does or doesn’t take to it. I didn’t know the Pollan family had released a cookbook and I believe it will be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for my man.

    Orange cake sounds perfect right about now, buried in snow dreaming of summer!

    I follow on twitter – @nrlymrtl

    And I follow via email – nrlymrtl at gmail dot com



  4. This sounds like a really good cookbook. My roommates and I recently discovered Southern Plate (website by Christy Jordan) so we have some great new recipes we’re going to try out, in an effort to reduce the amount of fast food we eat, learn to cook a little healthier, and add in some veggies. Also, I realized that I grew up in the south and have no idea how to make deviled eggs or chocolate gravy or fried potatoes. So it’s really an experiment in our house just to find things we all can love. My email is


  5. Great, I am so glad to hear this book is full of delicious recipes! I felt really inspired to change my eating habits after reading other books about where our food comes from (including The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defence of Food). However, I’m not a very inspired cook… I wish I had a garden to draw on in order to improve my dinner time, but I’m happy to report I’ve got my mom (who does most of the shopping and cooking) hooked on the farmer’s market. I’d like to see if I can get her to start buying meat from there as well.


  6. Ah, I love Michael Pollan’s work, so I’m sure I would love this too! Right now my kids are very young (1 and 3), so we eat a lot of meals together, but there is a lot of cajoling to get them to eat. I look forward to them being a little older so that I can make more creative dishes without being condemned…hahaha. Thewellreadredhead at gmail dot com.


  7. Ah, I love Michael Pollan’s work, so I’m sure I would love this too! Right now my kids are very young (1 and 3), so we eat a lot of meals together, but there is a lot of cajoling to get them to eat. I look forward to them being a little older so that I can make more creative dishes without being condemned…haha. Thewellreadredhead at gmail dot com.


  8. Oh goodness. I didn’t read this post closely enough to see that it is a giveaway! I will definitely be joining! What is my dinner table like? Loud and pretty chaotic with the family all talking about 10 things at once. 🙂


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