Reviews of What’s for Lunch?

“The great thing about this book is that it’s not just profiling lunches from around the world, but it talks about that idea, the power of food—the idea that food can change society and that if you introduce that concept to kids early on they can be the real actors in that change.”
—Matt Galloway, Metro Morning

Typical school lunch in Peru. <em>What's for Lunch?</em> Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden.
Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

“This survey of foods that international children eat for school lunch emphasizes differences while pointing to the interconnectivity of world ecology…. Curtis crafts a holistic conversation about health, poverty, and sustainability…”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“An ode to a meal that in many countries is a tool not only for fixing hunger, but also for nurturing culture and supporting sustainable-food production.”
—Tralee Pearce, The Globe & Mail

“Big, bright pictures show typical school lunches from around the world…but also gives lots of context for what those meals mean, plus examples of kids getting involved in food issues. It’s a great book for a family to read together.”
—Ceri Marsh, Sweet Potato Chronicles

“A valuable, well-researched resource for kids and adults to share. The information is eye-opening, and ideas will challenge assumptions. The term “food justice” is thought-provoking. This book’s strength lies in its potential for enhancing understanding of the critical nature of food concerns.”
—”Highly recommended” CM Magazine

Typical school lunch in Japan. <em>What's for Lunch?</em> Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden.
Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

What’s for Lunch? is a helpful primer for aspiring young activists.”
—Charlotte Richardson, Paper Tigers

“What’s truly original, and strikingly obvious now that she’s done it, is the way Curtis focuses attention on what’s happening at home by finding out what kids all over the world have for their lunch break.”
—Malcolm Jolley, Good Food Revolution

“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!…. The photos are gorgeous…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.)”
—Karen Le Billon, author of French Kids Eat Everything

“In What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World, author Andrea Curtis peeks into the lunch bags and trays of children from 13 countries, with a stop in Toronto along the way. Her website and blog feature teaching tools that help nine- to 12-year-olds navigate nutrition, investigate poverty and understand food production within the Ontario curriculum.”
—Professionally Speaking, The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers

Typical school lunch in Japan. <em>What's for Lunch?</em> Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden.
Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

“This accessible book can inspire a wide range of discussion and research projects about particular countries and cultural practices; the effects of war, displacement, and natural disasters; worldwide poverty; the global food industry; and more.”
—School Library Journal

“This book captivates at the first glance–beautiful photos of lunches from around the world as well as text that makes us aware of geographic and cultural influences.”
— CartoCraze

“Teachers, take note! This book would make a great addition to your classroom and nutrition talks.”

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