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By Janet Poppendieck

How did our youngsters prove consuming nachos, pizza, and Tater little toddlers for lunch? Taking us on an eye-opening trip into the nation's tuition kitchens, this beautifully researched ebook is the 1st to supply a entire overview of college nutrients within the usa. Janet Poppendieck explores the deep politics of nutrients provision from a number of perspectives--history, coverage, meals, environmental sustainability, style, and extra. How did we get into the absurd state of affairs within which nutritionally regulated nutrients compete with quickly meals goods and snack meals loaded with sugar, salt, and fats? what's the dietary profile of the federal foodstuff? How good are they achieving scholars who want them? commencing a window onto our tradition as an entire, Poppendieck unearths the forces--the monetary issues of colleges, the commercialization of formative years, the reliance on marketplace models--that are making a choice on how lunch is served. She concludes with a sweeping imaginative and prescient for switch: clean, fit nutrients for all young ones as a standard a part of their institution day.

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The kids kept asking if the puffs were “free,” meaning were they part of the lunch offered for free to eligible children, and she kept assuring them that they were—the published menu for the day had listed french fries, but the fryer was down, so potato puffs were a last minute substitution. Rolls went with the hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and chicken nuggets. The server, standing behind the steam table and wearing surgical gloves, uses scoops to measure out potato puffs and tongs to place the youngsters’ choices on their hardened plastic tray-plates.

In one school, we made stew.  . People wanted to know what pot roast was. They didn’t touch the beef stew at all, even though it was delicious. It was homemade, from scratch. And the roast beef, even though it was cooked the same way as the pot roast, we put it on a sandwich and gave au jus to it. And that was the only one that was eaten, because they are accustomed to seeing roast beef out on the market, and it looked like an Arby’s type sandwich. ” Still in pursuit of vegetables, I asked if there were many in the rejected stew.

He chants it, like a mantra. “You have to have the right fat and you should have 30 percent in your diet,” he insists. A principal later told me that many of her faculty are members of Weight Watchers and initially judged the breakfast products from that perspective. Another reason for the director’s enthusiasm for the super donut and other fortified breakfast pastries was their extended shelf life. This surfaced in our discussion of how the meals are counted for reimbursement purposes. Unclaimed items like boxes of juice, cereal, or milk were to be returned to the kitchen for use another day.

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