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How Food Influences Family Dynamics

restaurant choices cartoon
restaurant choices cartoon

Remember that famous quotation from Tolstoy?

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

And I’m pretty sure hungry, grumpy people, riding around looking for a place to eat, would fit in there just fine. My former Parade editor said this was his favorite cartoon ever…I didn’t ask why.

Food, and food choices, are so important to me that I did a whole book of chocolate cartoons, and I do a feature of restaurant cartoons for several newspapers.

But I knew I was truly into fine dining when I began to add expensive restaurant meals to my Christmas list for Santa. Going out to gourmet eateries is an adventure, if you’re up for it!

I want to thank everyone at Psych Central for checking out my cartoon last week and stopping by my website. – that was very kind of you, and thank you.

My first book (chocolate) and my second book (dating) are still available!

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Belly sign from Wikipedia, Creative Commons



How Food Influences Family Dynamics

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

I both write and draw all my cartoons. You are warmly invited to share the link to this cartoon. The full-size cartoons are all copyrighted, so please email me at pen.drawing AT g mail (squish it) for rates for use in textbooks, prints, presentations, publications, or websites. Email me AT pen.drawing @ gmail. com. (Squish the address.)

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, . (2017). How Food Influences Family Dynamics. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from


Last updated: 14 Jun 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 14 Jun 2017
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