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Kate Adamick is a food systems consultant and co-founder of Cook for America(R), which provides concentrated and comprehensive culinary training to transform school food service personnel into skilled and passionate school Lunch Teachers(TM). Through both Cook for America and her firm, Food Systems Solutions(R) LLC, Adamick has helped hundreds of schools throughout the United States transform their cafeterias into scratch-cooking operations. Adamick, an attorney and classically trained professional chef, specializes in integrating operational changes, site-based programming, and public-private partnerships to create healthful institutional meal programs and to support local and sustainable agriculture systems. She has worked with school districts, hospitals, retirement communities, and foundations across the United States. Adamick is a frequent speaker on institutional food systems, sustainable agriculture, childhood obesity issues, and the economics of school food reform.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Food Systems Solutions LLC (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984872213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984872213
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Adamick is a food systems consultant and co-founder of Cook for America®, which provides concentrated and comprehensive culinary training to school food service personnel. Through both Cook for America® and her consulting firm, Food Systems Solutions® LLC, Adamick has helped hundreds of schools throughout the United States convert their cafeterias into scratch-cooking operations by transforming "school lunch ladies" into skilled and passionate Lunch Teachers™.

Adamick, an attorney and classically trained professional chef, specializes in integrating operational changes, site-based programming, and public-private partnerships to create healthful institutional meal programs and to support local and sustainable agriculture systems. She has worked with school districts, hospitals, retirement communities, and foundations across the United States.

Adamick is a frequent speaker on institutional food systems, sustainable agriculture, childhood obesity issues, and the economics of school food reform.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Evans on March 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I work with school food service throughout California with my business partner Georgeanne Brennan. We teach cooking from scratch and other strategies to improve school meals. I ordered this book as soon as I heard about it. As soon as it came I read it cover to cover. For anyone passionate about this work, as I am and have been for 12 years now, this is a must read. It makes you feel sane, that we can create a paradyme shift in what we feed our children at school. I'm going to suggest it as recommended reading to all our community-based clients, school district food service directors - both the early adopters and those that are appropriately cautious knowing they have to meet a bottom line or they haven't done their job. This book provides support to school boards as well, who in the end, have to create the kind of policy environment which supports school food service directors taking the risks involved in changing out their meal service. Kate Adamick has penned a masterpiece in my view. She walks you through the savings potential step by step. As I said to Georgeanne, this is what we've been doing intuitively for several years now, Kate has brilliantly provided us with the exact tool we needed at this time in working with a few reluctant to change districts in communities that are demanding change now. Thank you Kate, thank you for applying your talent and street smarts to this topic so many of us care so deeply about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Healthy Kids Advocate on March 19, 2012
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This book is a game changer. An established chef and authority on school food describes her own journey to understanding that we don't have to choose between healthy school food and cost-effectiveness. Author "Chef Kate" Adamick shows how any school meal service director can get started right now. But the book is not only for school meal service directors--it's a huge shout out for anyone--school food service workers, parents, principals, children, medical professionals, philanthropy, policy advocates, and companies throughout the food system "value chain"--who are wondering how to overcome our nation's childhood obesity epidemic while also fostering values of education, community and environmental sustainability--and containing cost! The book is an invitation to get involved and be creative. Personally, I read it because of work with philanthropists that are interested in how they might finance schools to more quickly "re-tool" for scratch cooking or to help schools retool when grant money is not available for this purpose. While financings always have to be carefully thought through on a case-by-case basis, the savings discussed offer a promising means to repay modest upfront loans for better stoves, cooling and other equipment--or staff training. All around, the book could not be more positive in pointing the direction for how all of us--both in schools and out--can be part of the solution in creating healthier kids through healthier school meals. This is a critical message, given how much of our children's food is eaten in school or influenced by what happens there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chef Sally on March 17, 2012
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This well thought out and organized handbook provides practical tools which can be used in discussions with parents, teachers and administrators as they navigate the complex and individualized path to school food reform.
I've already started using the worksheets to help schools in Western CO see where their dollars are going and improve their bottom line.

The Breakfast in the Classroom calculations are a real eye opener for those trying to decide if it is an option for them. The schools who have embraced BIC have not only been able to operate in the black, they also have great stories of happy teachers whose kids are focused and present, every day! The easy to use worksheets provide the documentation your administrators will require!

After calculating the additional cost of chocolate milk and deciding to eliminate it for cost & health reasons, one WA school found an added bonus of the teachers remarking on the lack of afternoon 'sugar low' after lunch and improved student attention span.

A must read for all school Food Service Directors who are thinking about change or are in the midst of the transition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina Workman on March 19, 2012
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I am a Food Service Director in a rural district located in western Colorado. I have been at my position for 19 years. I am so grateful to you,Kate Adamick, for the release of your new book, Lunch Money: Serving Healthy School Food in a Sick Economy! You have given me the perfect tool I need to help make my schools' menus healthier! You have explained how serving breakfast in the classroom is going to make our students healthier, happier and ready to learn and how this is going to save my school money. My superintendent is so impressed with what you have taught! I am going to recommend this new book to every food service director I know! Thank you so much for helping our schools' food budget plan for the coming year, especially when so many budget cuts are being made for our upcoming year. Your timing to release this was perfect! Thanks for your hard work and dedication to every student in this country!
Respectfully,
Tina Workman FSD
Cotopaxi,Co. Fremont RE3 School District
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