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Table Talk

Trisha Yearwood says suppertime equals family time

This week's Table Talk is an important reminder from country music star Trisha Yearwood. The secret to keeping a family close is eating together. Dinnertime is such a great family time. I think we started losing touch with the importance of family dinner time back in late 1953 when Swanson sold the first TV dinners. It... More

"Be able to blow out a dinner candle without sending wax flying across the table." -- Marilyn vos Savant

In Growing Up: A Classic American Childhood, Marilyn vos Savant, author and Parade columnist, suggests that there are certain things it is ideal to be able to accomplish by the time one turns 18.  One of the things Marilyn vos Savant suggests is being able to blow out a dinner candle without getting wax all over the... More

"It's the sense of what family is at the dinner table. It was the joy of knowing mother was in the kitchen making our favorite dish. I wish more people would do this and recall the joy of life." -- chef Paul Prudhomme

Celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme recalls gathering around the dinner table with his family. Take a moment to appreciate the sense of family you get from eating together at the dinner table. And a special shout out to all the moms who never fail to make our favorite dishes with love and joy. Happy Mother's Day!

actress Jennifer Jason Leigh talks about hanging out around the food table at parties.

Even experienced Hollywood party guest Jennifer Jason Leigh admits to retreating to the food table to escape awkward conversation at parties. I have to admit that I sometimes hang out around the food table at parties, too, but I usually do it for the opposite reason-- to meet people. It's much easier to start a... More

A.N. Wilson on working at the corner of the dining table

Table Talk: A.N. Wilson


Do you ever do work at the dining room table? I do, from time to time. My desk in my office collects piles of papers and notebooks in the blink of an eye, and I love having the option to sit down at a cleared table and spread out my work. Thanks to Mr. Wilson,... More

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." -- Emma Goldman

Table Talk: Emma Goldman


Would you rather have roses on your table than diamonds on your neck? Emma Goldman would.

Anton Chekhov on manners around the dinner table

Table Talk: Anton Chekhov


Accidents happen, and spilling sauce on the tablecloth seems inevitable. Anton Chekhov's thought about a good upbringing reminds that accidents will always happen, but how we handle them (or choose not to notice them) is what matters most.

Table Talk from chef and restaurateur Michael Symon

Even famous food lovers recognize that what's around your dinner table is just as important, if not more important, than what's on the dinner table. Share your favorite dinner table memory in the comments.

"Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument." - Richard Whately

A little wisdom about how to keep your wits at the dinner table on April Fool's Day (and every other day of the year): Happy April Fool's Day! May your day be filled with only the best kinds of foolishness.

"I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me." - Henri Matisse

Table Talk: Henri Matisse


 A quick reminder from Henri Matisse that tables can be more than just hunks of wood, plastic, or metal; they can be art.

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