What's for Lunch?

What's for Lunch?

How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World

Book - 2012
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VOYA's Non Fiction Honour List 2013

2013 Information Book Award Long List nominee

Whether their school is under a banyan tree, in a dusty tent held up with poles or in a sturdy brick structure in the heart of a bustling city, all children need a healthy lunch to be able to learn and grow. Good food nourishes both our bodies and our brains. It's one of the basic building blocks of life. As the world has become more interconnected, what we eat has become part of a huge global system. Food is now the biggest industry on Earth. Growing it, processing it, transporting it and selling it have a major impact on people and the planet. Unpack a school lunch, and you'll discover that food is connected to issues that matter to everyone and everything such as climate change, health and inequality.

In What's For Lunch Andrea Curtis reveals the variety and inequality to be found in the food consumed by young people in typical school lunches from thirteen countries around the world, including Japan, Kenya, Russia, United States and Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Afghanistan. In some countries, the meals are nutritious and well-balanced. In others they barely satisfy basic nutrition standards.

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Red Deer Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780889954823
Branch Call Number: J 371.716 Cur
Characteristics: 40 pages : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Duivenvoorden, Yvonne


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KRockstar10 May 13, 2013

This book has great pictures and a great message. To flip from the page of a French child's lunch, or an American child's lunch, to the picture of an Afghan child's lunch--wow. We have no idea how ridiculously well we have it. A powerful book for opening up the discussion with children about what they eat, where it comes from, and how it affects their bodies. Adults will learn something as well.

ksoles Sep 19, 2012

In France, school children sit at round tables to eat a four-course lunch prepared by trained chefs using local produce: a salad, a main course of roasted chicken or fish with vegetables, a cheese course and fresh fruit or occasionally a tart. In Canada, many congregate on the gymnasium floor to eat a packed lunch of a pale sandwich, baby cut carrots, an artificially flavoured drink, pink yogurt and a package of mini cookies. In Afghanistan, children perch on dusty street to eat World Food Program high energy biscuits made with wheat and fortified with protein and vitamins.

As writer and Toronto-based food literacy advocate Andrea Curtis observes in her thoughtful new book, "What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World," what kids eat for lunch tells us about everything from culture to health to inequality. With photographs by Yvonne Duivenvoorden, the 40-page volume takes a fascinating look at the contents of school lunches in 13 countries, from Japan to America, Peru to India.

Curtis also highlights certain schools that plant gardens, create eco-clubs to cut back on waste and learn how to cook healthy meals in an effort to prove that food is more than a mere commodity on the world market. A worthwhile, eye-opening read for children and adults alike!

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