I received a great present in the mail today: this new book by Andrea Curtis on school lunches around the world. It struck a chord, obviously, given the blogging I’ve been doing for over a year on French school lunches.
I meant to just put the book aside until the weekend, but took a peek and ended up reading page after page–it’s that fascinating! Lunches from public schools in Japan, Mexico, France, Russia, Brazil (which was particularly delicious looking), India–and in all sorts of situations, including a refugee camp. The photos are gorgeous (each lunch is photographed), and the book is easy-to-read; adults and children alike will be interested in it. (In fact, I’m going to get a copy for our school library.)
The book inspired many thoughts, not least of which was admiration for how some lower-income countries do a great job of feeding children well. And also a renewed sense of determination to keep working on children’s food issues here. The ‘typical’ lunch for Canadian and American kids was….well, let’s just say it didn’t make me particularly proud. We can do better! And our kids deserve better. Luckily the book also has some inspiring examples of great community projects that are changing things (including some primary school kids who are campaigning to change school lunches — talk about ‘bottom-up’ grassroots movements!).
Andrea and I met last year in Toronto, and I was really inspired to hear about her work with local schools, and on local food issues. This is only one of her many fantastic projects. So check out her blog, which has some informative (and funny) posts on the process of writing the book, and lots of thoughts on food policy, food politics, and more. Oh, and there are some great tools for educators, too (under ‘learning resources’).
Thank you, Andrea, for writing such a great book! We’ll spread the word!