Group Study Guide for

Whatever Happened to Dinner?

[Cover of Whatever Happened to Dinner?]

Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime

by Melodie M. Davis

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Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 8 Chapter 12
Chapter 1 Chapter 5 Chapter 9 Chapter 13
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 Chapter 10 Chapter 14
Chapter 3 Chapter 7 Chapter 11 Chapter 15

Chapter 10: Getting Kids to Like Okra and Moo Goo Gai Pan

Scripture: Genesis 18:1-15

Read this familiar story aloud. Read it again, slower. Talk about what stood out for you or stopped your thoughts. With whom do you identify? Have you ever responded with a lack of faith to an opportunity that presented itself? Share stories. What did you learn?

  1. Do you have picky eaters? Were you a picky eater? Share stories and memories.
  2. How do you encourage children to try new foods? What works? What doesn’t work?
  3. Why is it important to expand the palates of children?
  4. How has the food culture changed in your town or city in the last twenty years?
  5. Do you agree that our culture dumbs down foods for children (see page 152)?
  6. Have you observed whether parental expectations related to children’s food likes and dislikes seem to affect kids’ own tastes? Why do kids become picky eaters or are they born that way? How can you keep from making food a battleground?
  7. How have you dealt with unexpected company? Are you open to sharing hospitality on the spur of the moment, or only when you’ve cleaned the house and prepared a meal in advance?
  8. How can instant hospitality become a gift you are more able to give?

Activity: Plan an evening or Sunday lunch out at a restaurant offering different fare than you normally cook, whether it is Thai, Indian, Cuban, Chinese, or whatever. Have group members try at least one new dish that they don’t remember ever trying before. Share likes and dislikes along with learnings. If children are involved, have them promise to do the same thing if they want to go along. Is it easier and more fun to try things “on a dare” from a group, especially for children?

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