Recipes that Cultivate Connection through War, Change, and Uncertainty
The Warrior’s Table tells the story of life in the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community through the experiences of real SOF spouses and families across the service branches. Our family dinner team, The Cast Iron Crew, shares recipes from decades in SOF and how they safeguard what matters most. This unique cookbook is more than just that – it’s a book of delicious family recipes and a guide to connecting and thriving in this demanding lifestyle. Pre-orders are now open at Ballast Books for a mid-August estimated delivery date.
Intentionally Building Connection & Belonging
Living intentionally in special operations is incredibly hard. It’s easy to let “common pitfalls” slip in and break down simple habits needed to endure and overcome challenges that inevitably arise. Mealtime can be a family and community ritual that reinforces routines and habits to counter those pitfalls, because shared mealtime is not about being tied to an oven or the dinner table – it’s about fundamentally caring for the minds, bodies, and hearts of those in your life. Mealtimes are ultimately about building belonging to a family, a community, and lifestyle.
The Pages Within
In addition to the book features highlighting unit history, culture, and family life strategies, The Warrior’s Table covers what it is like to live life as a special operations family from unit selection to well past a family’s time of service. In the 10 chapters and many sections within, we story-tell of universal SOF experiences:
- Our Roots
- Where in the World
- Real Life Ruck March
- Heart and Soul At Home
- All Together Now
- Kill It and Grill It
- Treasured Times
- Breakfast Anytime
- Anywhere but the Table
- The Curtain Closes for Everyone
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The Cast Iron Crew
The Cast Iron Crew is MSOFC’s family dinner team made up of six spouses united across Army, Navy, and Air Force special operations units: KaLea Lehman, Lynnsy Snook, Wendy Jo Peterson, Andrea Geraldi, Christine Trax, and Heather Campbell, in collaboration with Dr. Anne Fishel of The Family Dinner Project.
Pre-orders are now open at Ballast Books for a mid-August estimated delivery date. Join the Cast Iron Crew on our family journey from qualification, SERE, and other schools, through many deployments and special moments, then retirement and life beyond SOF – because our journey is your journey, too.