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Free for All: Fixing School Food in America (California Studies in Food and Culture) Hardcover – January 4, 2010
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"Meticulously researched, patiently explicated, potentially groundbreaking. . . . Should be required reading for everyone who eats food, buys food, has kids, or cares about nutrition."--"Bookforum"
"Sophisticated and nuanced."--Michael O'Donnell"The Washington Monthly" (01/01/2010)
"[An] excellent, informative book. . . . Poppendieck's research is extensive and meaningful."--Lisa Sasson"Gastronomica" (07/01/2011)
"A masterful work of public sociology that is likely to play an important role."--Heather Sullivan-Caitlin"Teaching Sociology" (10/07/2011)
"Sophisticated and nuanced."--Michael O Donnell"The Washington Monthly" (01/01/2010)"
Sophisticated and nuanced. --Michael O Donnell"The Washington Monthly" (01/01/2010)"
[An] excellent, informative book. . . . Poppendieck s research is extensive and meaningful. --Lisa Sasson"Gastronomica" (07/01/2011)"
A masterful work of public sociology that is likely to play an important role. --Heather Sullivan-Caitlin"Teaching Sociology" (10/07/2011)"
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"President Obama has promised to end childhood hunger in America by the year 2015. He and his team should read Jan Poppendieck's new book Free for All. Her simple premise is that hunger is the enemy of education. She makes a persuasive case for the federal government to provide nutritious free school lunch and breakfast to every school child in America as a major step to end childhood hunger, reduce obesity and a whole range of nutrition related diseases and to improve the education of our children at the same time. Now, for the first time in my 35 years of fighting hunger we have a president who has pledged to actually do it starting with children and a book that provides the roadmap for an important part of the journey. Anyone who cares about our children should read this book."Bill Ayres, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WHY (World Hunger Year)
Free For All is an essential resource for anyone interested in school food reform. Janet Poppendieck has taken on a topic of extraordinary complexity and produced a comprehensive and engaging analysis of how the current system came to be, why it is so resistant to change, and what we can do to improve it. Throughout she rejects the scapegoating, moralism, and quick fixes that characterize so much of the current debate over school food. Instead, she offers insightful structural analysis, engaging interviews with front-line food service personnel, and colorful accounts of visits to lunch rooms across the nation. Free For All looks beyond local success stories, calling for a national program redesign that challenges us all to rethink the role of school food policy within the larger food system. What Upton Sinclair's The Jungle was to food safety regulation at the beginning of the last century, Poppendieck's Free for All may well be for school food reform at the start of the new century.”Timothy D. Lytton, Angela and Albert Farone Distinguished Professor of Law, Albany Law School
Janet Poppendieck's Free for All is a timely and extremely thoughtful call for a sane, just, and healthy school food agenda for America's children. Complex yet clear, vivid and engrossing, Free for All should be required reading for relevant courses in sociology, education, social work, and public health. It is truly food for thought for students, community activists, and policy makers.”Ruth Sidel, PhD, Author of Unsung Heroines: Single Mothers and the American Dream
Top Customer Reviews
In clear, readable and extremely well-researched prose, Poppendieck lays out for the reader everything you'd ever want or need to know about the school lunch program, from its historical roots (which explain the sometimes perplexing regulatory thicket governing the program now) to what it's like behind the scenes in actual school kitchens. What I like best about Poppendieck is that she approaches the subject with no agenda, hidden or otherwise - even as she promotes reform, she clearly has empathy for school districts which are trying, under intense financial pressure, to provide meals that are compliant with federal regulations.
If you care about the issue of school food in America, this is a MUST READ.
This is in many ways an extremely well written book and one that deserves a wide audience. Indeed, it's hard not to describe the audience for this book without sounding like a grandiose blurb off the back cover of a book (e.g., everyone who cares about the future...). Instead, I'll simply point out that it was recommended to me by an anti-hunger advocate as the one book to read on US federal food policy.
Other books talk about how it is `thorough' or `has dry stretches'. This isn't especially the fault of the author. She writes well for a sociologist. She resists the temptation to use or invent jargon and she lays out the problems as clearly and with as much sympathy for as many of the people involved as possible.Read more ›
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Excellent points in this book. I recommend it for all people interested in school nutrition.Published 21 months ago by Mary Emerson
Read this for college class and was impressed. Thoroughly researched, well written. Recommend if you have kids in school.Published 22 months ago by finny7
This book gives the history of what we have done to our children's school food over a 40 year period. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Caring granny
To be perfectly honest, large parts of this book were painfully dry and difficult to hack through. I read plenty of dense books, but for some reason this one was especially rough. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Burgundy Damsel
Jan Poppendiek's "Free for All" is a Manifesto for school food reform, showing us how to achieve a profound overhaul of the way we feed our children and nourish their future. Read morePublished on December 24, 2010 by Melinda Hemmelgarn