What is the Family Table?

The family table in its most literal sense is the place where a family sits down to eat. In a slightly broader sense, it is the place where families come together to not only share a meal but also where the day’s events are shared, connections are made and sometimes-difficult conversations are had. On occasion, the “to do list” is tackled, adventures are planned, sadness’s revealed and dreams unfold.

My goal is to not only support the family table in its literal sense but also to create an even broader family table —  to build a community that supports and celebrates all that is family. In addition to recipes and cooking tips, you will also find more in-depth information about the issues and struggles around parenting.  Today’s families come in varying shapes and sizes and they face challenges both big and small — from getting their baby to sleep through the night to cyber bullying, teen suicide and all things in between.  I hope to guide us through these conversations with care, depth, curiosity, and compassion.  Together,  we can build our very own family table, one where we teach, we learn, and we inspire.

The table is set. Pull up a chair.

 

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Who I am. . .

A pediatrician. A mother. A wife. A daughter. A sister. A friend. A teacher. A student.

That’s the short version. Here’s a slightly longer one…

I’m a board certified pediatrician practicing in the Bay Area. I have a decade and half of experience caring for children and families. In addition to my medical degree, I have a Masters in Public Health and more recently, gained training in plant-based  nutrition and cooking. Over the last few years, I have had a growing interest in nutrition and its role in supporting the health and well being of our families. What I have learned is that cooking for our families is powerful way to not only nourish our bodies, but also to nourish our spirits and our connection to one another.

On a more personal note, after 15 years in Cleveland, Ohio, I now live in California with my husband and children.  I love traveling, cooking, yoga and a having a long lunch with a good friend.  I wear my heart on my sleeve, am mostly definitely an extrovert (though I love alone time too!) and have more books than I can manage on my bedside table.

I’d love to hear from you —  suggestions for topics you’d like to hear about or even a quick hello.  You can reach me at reshma@thefamily-table.com or use the contact us form.