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Join us on November 18th at 1:00 p.m. to chat with Dawn Lerman, author of the New York Times Well Blog series, My Fat Dad.

In My Fat Dad, Dawn reflects on her colorful family and culinary-centric upbringing, and how food shaped her connection to her family, her Jewish heritage, and herself. Humorous and compassionate, this memoir is an ode to the incomparable satisfaction that comes with feeding the ones you love.

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  •  Fred wrote 980 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    I grew up in the 50s in a house where we were all on perpetual diets and loved to gorge on "Ice Milk" as it was less fattening. You should have seen me spoon!
     
       
     
     
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    This is Joanne Klein. I have always wondered how a chef comes into being. Thank you for some really delicious recipe!
     
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  •  Fred wrote 979 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    How would your eating experience as a child inform bringing up children in this day?
     
       
     
     
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    Joanne Klein again. My husband Fred has been a Friar since 1978. When was your father a Friar? Maybe they crossed paths or shared a meal. :)
     
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  •  MitchTobol wrote 978 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I grew up around the dinner table and we never could eat enough!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Julie_Klein wrote 978 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Welcome Dawn to the Gotham Book Club! We are happy to have you with us to discuss MY FAT DAD. My first question is - what was your family's reaction to this book?
     
       
     
     
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  •  Julie_Klein wrote 978 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Beauty sounds like one special grandmother. Every child should be lucky enough to have a Beauty to call their own. Do your children have a Beauty?
     
       
     
     
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  •  Julie_Klein wrote 978 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Also, I've been "binge-watching" (no pun intended here) MAD MEN and can't get over how the show captures the environment that you describe was part of your father's career.
     
       
     
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 978 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Wonderful book - brought back so many memories of growing up and how important food is!
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 978 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Can't wait to chat with everyone at 1pm-- dawn
     
       
     
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    We are looking forward to this chat as well!
     
       
     
     
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    I echo Fred's above question.
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Whenever your writing about family members or real people, there is always a fear that you will offend someone or feelings will be hurt. It is hard not to sensor yourself when you know the people who you are writing about will read it. But in reading my book, “My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love and Family, With Recipes.” , you will see very little is off limits in my family. And it turns out both my parents loved the book. My dad, always an ad man, remarked, “You’ve come a long way baby”. My mom, the ultimate stage mother shares passages from the book where ever she goes. She just wishes there were more pictures of her in the center of the book.
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    My father, Al Lerman, was a member of the Friar's Club from 1972- 1978 when he was a creative director at McCann Erikson ad agency.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Julie_Klein wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    That's very funny. I loved the description of your mother's dinner parties - how she orchestrated the events and had everyone working - genius!
     
       
     
     
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    Have you modified any of these recipes to suit a modern day diet?
     
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    Do you have another book in the works?
     
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    Hi Dawn, thanks for joining us today. How did you choose the image on the cover of your book? I wonder what your dad's reaction was to it.
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I enjoyed the contacts between you mom (not liking to cook) and your dad who loved food....opposites do attract!
     
       
     
     
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    As of yet I haven't tried the recipes but I plan too....how have the recipes been received?
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Thank you Julie.
    My grandmother Beauty was wonderful. When I walked into her kitchen, life transformed from processed packages of salty MSG instant soup to the delicious warm, fragrant smell of homemade chicken soup, sweet kugels and home baked poppy seed cookies. It was the only place I can remember feeling happy, safe and nourished. It was what I craved.
    But when I was nine years old my family moved away from my hometown of Chicago to NY. In order to keep us connected, my grandmother sent me a 20 -dollar bill and a weekly recipe card,
     
       
     
     
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    Joanne asks: What are your favorite New York City restaurants?
     
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  •  Fred wrote 977 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Would you like to have lunch at the Friars club?
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Eating is about much more than protein and carbs and nutrients—it’s about family, history and identity. My grandmother Beauty put it best: ‘I can find my heritage in a bowl of soup.”

    I hope my story helps families create happy memories around food. I also hope that “food” is seen to be more than just the macro- nutrients, protein, fat, or carbs from which it is composed. I have always had a passion for taking any family recipe and making it healthier—I hope readers can see that good food can taste good and you don’t need to give up your traditional favorites if you are willing to exchange a few ingredients (There is an index at the back of My Fat Dad that explains what you can use as a substitute for most of the basics that go into every recipe).
     
       
     
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 977 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    The contrast between Beauty whose live seemed to revolve around food & the kitchen and your mom how encourage other pursuits was interesting....and you have seemed to have combined both to build your career as a writer....I love to eat, love to cook and as an interior designer, when I discovered kitchen design, I found my calling!
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Yes I remeber ice milk. My 450 pound dad, was always rotating diets, ice milk shakes were included in the liquid diet. Some of the other popular diets were Atkins, Weight Watchers, the Barbie Diet, the Grapefruit Diet, the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Drinking Man’s Diet. By 3 years old I could recite the rules of all of them-- agreeing with my dad the world would be a better place with out calories.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Julie_Klein wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I agree that eating should be about more than the nutrients. When I was growing up, we would have family and holiday dinners that would last for hours. We would sit around the table - and not worry about cleaning up or moving on to the next activity. Even after dessert, there would be another course - nuts!
     
       
     
     
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    Joanne asks: Dawn ... Do you have an ideal kitchen?
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I think Ray Romano who blurbed my book said it best“ Dawn Lerman grew up Jewish in the 70's. I grew up Italian. Might sound different, but for the most part, it’s the same. Especially when it comes to food. The philosophy was simple, food = love. My Fat Dad hilariously and poignantly captures that essence .Whether you’re Italian, Jewish, or anything else you can relate to how family, food, and the love of both affect how we grow up, and live our life. Mangia!”—Ray Romano, Emmy award-winning actor

    No matter what your culture is food that is past down through generations and cooked with love creates memories and lasting nourishment.

    My grandmother Beauty would say, "I can find my heritage in a bowl of chicken soup.”
     
       
     
     
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    Joanne asks: you began cooking with your Grandmother .. Do you still enjoy the process with another in the kitchen?
     
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    Fred I would love to have lunch at the Friar's Club.
     
       
     
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 977 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    I totally agree with Ray Romano -- and LOL Ice Milk -- yuk! IF I'm going to cheat on a diet it will be with ice cream (my favorite food) - and I grew up with all these diets as I also was a chubby boy with a fat dad!
     
       
     
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 977 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    BTW my grandmothers and grand aunts taught me how to cook! I still think of my Aunt Vinny when I brown onions -- telling what to do.
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I have a small NY kitchen. My ideal kitchen would have a big island and lots of counter space for bins of grains. But as long as you have a stove and a big pot "You always have enough to make a big pot of love." Beauty would say.
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Most people love the recipes both the traditional ones from the 7o's and some of the more current ones like miso mushroom soup-- an update of my Bubbe's mushroom barley.
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Yes my maternal grandmother Beauty was a wonderful cook. Her days revolved around buying the freshest ingredients and visiting the local baker, butcher and fruit stand. My mom a wanna be actress was happy eating a can pf tuna fish while on the phone. She had no interest in preparing family meals.
     
       
     
     
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    Joanne writes: I was impressed with how strong a mindset your Father had during his fight with cancer.
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I love that Julie. That is how my grandmother Beauty was and how I am now. Family meals and time around the table is very important. It creates lasting memoires. As my grandmother Beauty would say," Food is love. "It is what I try to instill in my children.

     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Now, I am in the process of writing a cookbook for kids. I have updated a lot of the traditional recipes and found ways to make some of the traditional ones healthier like adding flax seeds and other super foods to cookies.
     
       
     
     
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    Joanne writes: that's great Dawn. You are the perfect author for a children's cookbook!
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Thank you Joanne. When my dad had cancer originally saw it a death sentence. but I was not ready to let my dad die and set my mind to researching alternative therapies. Once my dad was presented with things he could do to stay pro active you used the same passion he used to pour into his diets and add campaigns . Learning how to cook with fresh unprocessed ingredients really helped. The mushroom soup that I provide really had very strong medicinal properties.
     
       
     
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The book brought up lots of memories -- really brought me back to growing up - our Sundays revolved around family and eating.
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I do not know if I have a favorite restaurant, there are so many to choose from. There are some from my childhood that i love because they bring back memoires. There are others I enjoy because my kids like them and their are just some local places that I enjoy because they are convenient and have local foods. These days I am loving Freidman's on the UWS.
     
       
     
     
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    Joanne writes: your Father's Ad campaigns were memorable ... Had me time traveling
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The best recipes are the ones that have a memory attached. I originally was going to write a straight cookbook, but in writing the recipes I remembered the stories, the people I was with and that seemed equally as important. Every time I smell fresh dill I think of my grandmother .
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    funny john. The thing is diets mean die. The key is fresh foods. My grandmother Beauty would say, "Fruit gets moldy, vegetables get soggy, if it lass for months on the shelf imagine what it does to your body?"
     
       
     
     
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    I just lost about 10 lbs on Weight Watchers -- all through fresh food -- tons of veggies and fruits....it's the way to go.
     
       
     
     
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  •  DawnLerman wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Yes I still enjoy cooking. There is nothing that excites me more then learning about a new super foods and creating a recipe for the first time, or inspiring kids to try foods they thought they would not like—kale chips, sweet potato hummus, pineapple guacamole. When kids are involved in the process they are more likely to try it. It was in my grandmother’s kitchen that I learned what it felt like to be loved and nourished. I hope to inspire kids the way my grandmother inspired me.
     
       
     
     
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  •  John_Buscarello wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Dawn I know we are winding down but I wanted to let you know we had a lot of members who read the book that were not free at this time, a few are traveling. I but this dialog remains up for all to read....so they will get a chance to follow the discussion today. Thanks for joining us.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Julie_Klein wrote 977 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I love to cook too - can't wait to try a few of your recipes. Thanks Dawn for this terrific discussion. We appreciate your time and thoughtful responses!
     
       
     
     
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