BlogHer BookClub: Lunch Wars

First, I want to say that this is a sponosred post as part of the BlogHer Book Club. I was provided the book and compensated for my review and participation in the online discussions on BlogHer; however, my opinion is my own. Also, now we run the whole review on our blogs, which is awesome. No more clicking over. Yay!

Lunch Wars by Amy Kalata is a fascinating read. It delves into the sorry state of school lunches from the perspective of someone who helped the the movement for change. The author is a documentary film maker who explored school lunches in the film Two Angry Moms. This thoroughly researched, yet easy to understand, book is an excellent guide for anyone looking to evaluate and improve the lunches in their schools.

I think one of the most interesting and helpful tips in the book is to go have lunch at school with your child. What a great way to find out for yourself what the experience is like because even if a school has healthy options, it doesn’t mean the kids are eating them. And she mentions that it can be a good idea for a few parents to get together and do this on the same day so a child doesn’t feel singled out. So smart.

If you have done a lot of reading in the real food genre, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver or a myriad of magazine articles these days, some of the information may be repeated, but it is presented in a fresh light. I just don’t think at this point the high sodium content of the average school lunch is particularly shocking. Lunch Wars is one of the first books I’ve read that presents a plan in which nearly anyone could find an actionable item.



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