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Eat Like a Champion by Jill Castle

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Welcome to the Table

Experiences with food have played a central role in my life as a wife, mother, teacher, therapist, and community organizer, and they constitute the raw ingredients for this book.

I first made a commitment to cooking tasty family dinners twenty-two years ago when my husband gave up smoking after our second son was born. It seemed like a fair trade—one oral pleasure to nourish and delight him in exchange for another that could kill him. In the bargain, I soon realized I had stumbled onto something with unexpected benefits for everyone in my family. Some nights, my two young sons wanted to help—at first just banging pots around but later stirring the soup, washing the greens, and pulling basil leaves off their stems. Their ...

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