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Lunch Wars - Book Review

I have to be honest about this month's BlogHer Book Club book, Lunch Wars by Amy Kalafa. It felt like reading an incredibly long research paper. Kalafa opens her book with heavy informative facts about agriculture policies about food, the poor state of our school's lunches and America's childhood obesity epidemic. 

I am not a parent, so it's hard to understand Kalafa's strong bias and argument. I don't know first hand of what kids are being offered today except through my husband's sisters. But, glancing at their lunch calendar in passing one day and seeing frito pie with chile and broccoli and cheese for their only option for lunch did concern me.

I don't remember much of what was offered at my own school cafeterias growing up, but I do remember my high school lunches. Those lunches consisted of fried foods, pizzas, hamburgers, French fries, boxed vegetables and other sides, but I also do remember there always being a salad bar with fresh salads, fresh fruits and fresh (not frozen) vegetables. Those salads were actually really good.  

Kalafa'a book definitely made me more aware of foods and what I bring home to my family and what my future kids eat. This is not a book on how to pack better and healthier lunches for your children, but it is a smart book on how to create a call to action and organize parents, teachers and administrators to change the school's lunch systems.

This book gives parents the information they need to remove unhealthy food from their children's school cafeteria. To learn more about The Blogher book club and Lunch Wars click here

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club, but the opinions expressed are my own. 


  1. I totally felt the same way!! It was like a huuuuggggeeee research paper. I almost (okay, I did) fall asleep every time. But she did make some good points and made me want to do better too with my own eating habits.

    So glad to hear that someone else felt the same way about the book! :)

    Also, I have a picture just like that of the book too. I thought it was funny :)


  2. I think I would feel the same way reading that - very much like a term paper. I don't have kids yet either, so it probably plays a role in my interest level!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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