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What an inspiration! Emily and Brandon fuel their passion for good, home-made food into the creation of this book. A Chef Walks Into A Cafeteria essentially underscores the basic tenant that every kid and every family wants and deserves healthful, delicious food filled with love (and vegetables).
~ Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian, author, editor, blogger, plant-based nutrition expert, and mom

In A Chef Walks Into A Cafeteria..., Emily Burson and Brandon Neumen bring the same passion, intelligence and heart to the page that they've brought to thousands of children through their inspiring school meal program. Now parents can make the same from-scratch, whole food meals at home that their children are getting at school. The recipes are family-friendly, doable, and most of all, delicious.
~Katie Morford, MS, RD, voice behind Mom's Kitchen Handbook, author, writer, and mother of 3 --Katie Morford, MS, RD

Wholesome food is a cornerstone of supporting a child's growth, education and overall well-being. Emily and Brandon's program is so innovative and I love that they're introducing young eaters to ingredients like tomatillos, lentils and watercress. The recipes look amazing -- I can't wait to try the Chicken Street Taco recipe with my own kids!
~ Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, nutrition expert, author of Eating in Color and mom of 3 --Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN

Introducing children to fresh, wholesome, nutritious food is not only crucial for their growth and development, it also helps establish healthy eating habits for life. Driven by a passion for providing children with nutritionally dense meals that taste great, Emily and Brandon have written a wonderful cookbook that will hopefully advance the conversation about how to make healthy foods more accessible in all schools across the country. From Chicken Chow Mein to Turkey Meatloaf Muffins to Enchilada Casserole, the recipes are fresh, diverse and mouthwatering! Get your aprons on and get cooking!
- Dr. Sonali Ruder, creator of The Foodie Physician website, author of Natural Baby Food, and mom --Dr. Sonali Ruder

About the Author

EMILY BURSON, RD, Founder & President of School Nutrition Plus (SNP) has been pushing the envelope of school dining since 2009. After managing school kitchens where the definition of cooking meant opening a box of frozen food and putting it in the oven, Emily's relentless desire to serve kids real food and teach them where it comes from drove her to start SNP. Having worked with professionally trained chefs, she is widely recognized for leading culinary teams, and is one of the only registered dietitians in the country to launch a foodservice business with year-over-year growth while managing 100+ employees. One of Emily's greatest joys is tasting the creative food that the chefs at SNP come up with while working within tight budget and nutrition constraints.

BRANDON NEUMEN, Executive Chef and Vice President of School Nutrition Plus (SNP) developed a passion for cooking at an early age. Beginning with cooking holiday dinners, he moved his way up to high-volume foodservice in fine dining restaurants, major hotels, catering companies, and the University of California Dining Services. Over the last several years at SNP, he's worked in K-12 foodservice as a scratch-cooking expert where he's provided leadership for multiple kitchens, trained staff, and consulted with outside partners on kitchen designs. He works hard to use his experience and culinary education to provide K-12 students and staff with healthy and delicious meals. As a parent of two girls, he also values the importance of introducing his daughters to new, healthful foods at home.

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