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Fed Up with Lunch: The School Lunch Project: How One Anonymous Teacher Revealed the Truth About School Lunches - And How We Can Change Them! [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Wu Also Known as "Mrs. Q" Sarah Wu Also Known as "Mrs. Q"
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Book Description

When school teacher Mrs. Q forgot her lunch one day, she had no idea she was about to embark on an odyssey to uncover the truth about public school lunches. Shocked by what her students were served, she resolved to eat school lunch for an entire year, chronicling her experience anonymously on a blog that received thousands of hits daily, and was lauded by such food activists as Mark Bittman, Jamie Oliver, and Marion Nestle. Here, Mrs. Q reveals her identity for the first time in an eye-opening account of school lunches in America. Along the way, she provides invaluable resources for parents and health advocates who wish to help reform school lunch, making this a must-read for anyone concerned about children's health issues.

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About the Author

Mrs. Q is a public school teacher. As the writer behind the blog, she has eaten over a year's worth of school lunches. She has received praise from food activists and has appeared in the national media.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8757 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (August 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OA0GXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a perfect culmination of Mrs. Q's (Sarah Wu's) quest to expose the underbelly of the American school lunch program. While it is extremely important to discuss and reward successes it is also vital that the failures of American policy are brought to light. Wu is an eloquent writer and states her case for school lunch reform in a very sensible way. As a follower of the blog I really enjoyed the personal background stories that are scattered throughout the book. Wu is an essential part of the school lunch reform fight because she is a teacher first and reformer second. It is abundantly clear that her students, and those throughout the nation, come first in every situation. The geek in me also wants to point out that the book has footnotes! These are verifiable facts that you are able to further research! Research! Readers will also enjoy the funnier blog posts that are used throughout the book and the collage in the middle of the book is just stunning. I would personally recommend flipping through the pictures first and then reading the rest of the book to get the best effect.

Finally a portion of the proceeds from the book go to Farm to School, a great organization which promotes the health of children, the environment, and local communities. You won't be upset that you bought this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, informative, and useful October 18, 2011
I have followed Sarah's (Mrs. Q's) project since the beginning, and this book perfectly captures not only her journey, but also the multi-layered problem that is the National School Lunch Program. With a tone that is conversational yet fact-filled, Sarah shares why school lunch is in the state it is in, and why things need to change. I also appreciate many of the personal anecdotes shared (from the role food played in her family growing up to her four years working for Kraft), as they further help to illuminate the factors that make up the school lunch web.

Thank you, Sarah, for another book to add to my "Recommended Reads" list.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better Off Reading the Blog November 11, 2011
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The Cover:
The cover grabbed my attention. How can BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS not. I also like that the little boy is holding a fork in front of his face and is anonymous like the author {was}.

The Content:
I was expecting this book to be a lot like Fast Food Nation. That is, I expected it to be more researched based. The book did have some interesting points about school lunch, but was very heavy on personal experience. The fact that Mrs. Q {the author} wrote a blog for a year should have tipped me off...but, I wish she would have woven in a little more history of school lunch and entries. The whole book read like cobbled together, recycled blog entries.

The Characters:
Light on characters. Heavy on personal stories of Mrs. Q being worried about losing her job and running to her desk to take school pictures in between nasty school lunch details.

Save yourself the $10.00 and just read the blog.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading November 8, 2011
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Rambling and badly organized. Her basic point: school lunches are low quality and have little nutritional value. You learn everything you're going to from reading the description. I hoped the book would share some insight on one woman's foray into social reform. Instead we hear about how terrified she was that someone would see her photographing her lunch, and forty-two descriptions about how disgusting chicken nuggets are. Each chapter is repetitive and disjointed, with paragraphs starting out about one topic and finishing four topics away. Spend the ten bucks on your child's lunch and skip the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fan of author's blog, book was okay. October 19, 2012
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Mrs. Q set out to inform families and everyone on School lunches and nutrition in general. I enjoyed the book. At times, I found myself wanting to skip through some content (I hate admitting this, but it's true). I appreciate what Mrs. Wu has set out to do and continue to use her as an invaluable source for the healthy food topic.

I bought this book because I've been a fan of Mrs. Q and followed her blog almost since the start (after she had been posting for a couple months). I'm not totally sure, but I think I ran into it because it was featured on Blogger. Any way, I actually bought the book twice - the first I never received (to no fault of Amazon...).

Buy this book if you'd like to support a mom trying to make a difference and to learn a little on the way, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piece of Cake October 15, 2011
By tmommy
I picked up this book because it looked interesting. I could very much relate to some of the stories in the book as I have had issues with my own daughter and the effects of school lunch. This was an easy read and I finished it in about 2 days. I think Mrs. Q took a wonderful, sensible approach to school lunch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story October 13, 2011
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I often learn about new books from interviews with the authors on NPR. This time, I stumbled upon an interview with Sarah Wu online, and decided to read her book. I am an extremely slow reader, but was able to read it in two evening. It is engaging, and written with conviction, warmth, empathy and humor. The author recounts the experiences that led a busy mother of a toddler and school teacher to become an activist and advocate of improved quality of school lunches. She also provides many suggestions for those who are eager to help bring about change. I have one minor critique regarding the statements about the effect of nutrition. Understandably, Mrs. Wu tried to find whether her son's nutrition was the cause of ear infections or asthma. There are too many variables to reach reliable conclusions from the experience of one person. A toddler changes from day to day, and the fact that some problems disappeared is not necessarily a result of changes in his nutrition. The false alarm about vaccines causing autism is an example of similar improper conclusions. Similarly, the fact that student performance in the UK improved after Jamie Oliver introduced fresh food in school lunches is far from a proof of cause and effect. There are too many potential causes that may have changed during the same period. Aside from this critique, I highly recommend the book to anyone who cares about children and nutrition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for parents who don't know
Interesting and informative. Read my full review on my blog I work in schools and I know the type of food... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teresa Sadowski
2.0 out of 5 stars Great activism, not a great book
I admire Sarah Wu's activism on an important issue, but I thought the book was a waste of time -- it was disorganized (recycling issues are discussed in the chapter "Fruit... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cheryl Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
I have worked in a school and ate school lunches occasionally. It was exactly as the author said it was. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pauline Gladstone
3.0 out of 5 stars Lunch food preparing
Not all schools have food that is as bad as she describes. We cook all our meals inhouse. We make home made soups, home made macaroni and cheese and speghetti sauce, to name a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Karen Hartung
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight!
I purchased "Fed Up With Lunch" as research material for a speech and communications class I am taking in College. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn More About School Lunch Reform
With a sense of humor, Wu shares her surprising finds in the school lunchroom with readers. With entrees like chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and pizza offered with side dishes like... Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Cheryl C. Malandrinos
5.0 out of 5 stars Fed Up With Lunch
I am a lunch lady and since I have been doing this job I have been getting more and more reachtion to the food.
This is caused by food proservatives. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Marsha
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Must-Read
A beautifully written book that will open you eyes to what our children are exposed to everyday. I read this book in 1 day and couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by Amie
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening read, couldn't put it down
Sarah Wu is one of my heroes. I love, love, love this book, based on her blog. It shows Wu's viewpoint by sharing her history with food and business from childhood to adulthood. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by M. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars not so great
I am pro brown bag lunches for students (and everyone else) but this book was not a great read, nor did I find it super informative, less than 1/2 way through the book you will... Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by sassyskatemom
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