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Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children Paperback – Bargain Price, September 4, 2007
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Like other reviewers I am interested improving school nutrition policies. I head a health committee at my daughter's school dedicated to improving nutrition and fitness for the students and their families. As such this book should be a perfect fit. Unfortunately for me, my daughter attends a private school and almost all of the information in this book, including the reference list in the back, is only helpful if your child attends a public school. (I've actually found more useful information on government web sites than I have in this book!) That doesn't mean it's been completly useless. There are a few great tidbits to be found here and there. I found the recommendation about "laptop lunches" really great. I don't think I would have found out about the company and their fabulous lunch boxes had it not been for this book. (The cover photograph shows a "laptop" lunchbox.)
In the end I think I would recommend this book to anyone interested in taking on the enormous problem of unhealthy school lunches in public schools.Read more ›
There is a chapter devoted to outlining the caloric needs of a growing child, which food groups are actually necessary for correct development and a helpful chart explaining portion sizes and the number of servings to eat per day based upon the childs age. The book is filled with tools to help anyone learn to change their eating habits and lifestyle (because it is a huge lifestyle change) and I'd bet even those without children would find it a very useful reference and jumping off point for dietary change.
The middle section of the book is about several school systems who bravely changed the menu by eliminating pre-packaged processed food and brought in whole foods from local farmers. The stories, especially the comments from the children, are inspiring and hopeful. What surprised me the most were the positive social experience these children enjoyed while tending to a garden and preparing their healthy meals.
The recipe section is filled with lunch options I've never before considered. I tend to get stuck in a rut with whole grain bread, natural PB&J, turkey cold-cuts, turkey hot dogs, etc. I'm not sure if my kids will go for some of the more radical options like couscous (especially my meat loving son) but I'm going to give it a shot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book with good recipes but more of a book rather than a cookbook - wish it was in a cookbook formPublished 7 months ago by Emily B.
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