In prose both straightforward and practical, Cooper and Holmes cleverly avoid the depressing air of many of current nutrition manuals in their charge against the school lunch status quo; though they do note in the foreword that "thirty to forty percent of children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes," they've largely jettisoned scare tactics in favor of practical, easy-to-follow solutions for the daily school lunch pail. The book is well documented throughout, giving authors' claims that their advice will lead to "increased ability to concentrate, increased cognitive development...and less moodiness" a solid foundation. Clarifying which foods are truly hazardous to children, the authors offer readers a litany of substitutions and positive options. Avoiding trans-fats and processed foods is only the beginning of advice that includes "trusting your children's appetites" while keeping in mind that "you are the boss" where food choices are concerned. Perfect for working parents who believe they're far too busy to pack a school lunch for their child, this well-organized manual offers a host of surprisingly simple meal changes and easy-to-follow recipes. Other sections offer tips on getting involved locally to transform school lunch programs; the end of the book boasts a valuable resource guide with helpful websites.
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From the first chapter on nutrition (written by Dr. Oz, the TV Doctor, rather than a qualified nutritionist) to the end of the third (of five) chapters, Lunch Lessons is a... Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by H. Nesse
Having read Bitter Harvest : A Chef's Perspective on the Hidden Danger in the Foods We Eat and What You Can Do About It, I expected better from this book. Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Burgundy Damsel
Have not had a chance to read this book but thought it would be good in preparing healthy meals for my picky 4 year old graddaughter.Published on June 25, 2010 by J. Wilmoth
I bought this book hoping for a practical guide to affecting real change in the school lunch system. Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by D. J. Schaaf
Ann Cooper does an excellent job making the case for improved school lunches. She understands the challenges, but isn't detered by them. Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by Sean Passingham
As dietitian who works at a residential treatment program for older youths and teens with behavioral problems, this is great!! Read morePublished on December 12, 2009 by Marty Davey
Helpful book for moms of young kids. Arrived in great condition and on time.Published on December 8, 2009 by Mamarahrah
I bought this book for more ideas, rather than a lesson on healthy eating and therefore was a little disappointed. Read morePublished on November 2, 2009 by Jeanette Balram