The proud dad talks about cooking for his daughter – and the family's weekend BBQs

By Jed Dreben
Updated July 04, 2008 11:00 AM
Credit: Sara De Boer/Retna

David Arquette says he loves to cook for his 4-year-old daughter Coco – and she loves to eat.

“She’s a really good eater! the proud father told PEOPLE at the Venice, Calif., Boys and Girls Club, where he was serving free meals to needy children Wednesday. “She’ll eat vegetables – she loves broccoli and shrimp and chicken. [And] she likes Honey Nut Cheerios.”

Because he and wife Courteney Cox Arquette both have busy Hollywood schedules, mornings usually are reserved for him and Coco. “I always typically cook breakfast, because we hang out in the morning a lot,” he said.

And on the weekends, Arquette, 36, fires up the grill for the family. “My barbecue tends to be a little spicy, he says, and, like most children, “[Coco] doesn’t like spicy things.” But “my barbecue corn she does [like]!”

“Being a father in general, your whole capacity for love just sort of is redefined,” Arquette added after serving nutritious lunches to over 100 children at the event, part of the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the USDA and America s Second Harvest. “I look at these kids and I see my daughter in all of their faces.”