Outside the Box

Outside the Box

Why Our Children Need Real Food, Not Food Products

Book - 2012
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"A lively story about food, family and identity that will make even the most inexperienced among us want to start chopping and cooking. When journalist Jeannie Marshall moved to Rome with her husband, she immersed herself in Italy's famous culinary traditions. But when the couple's son was born a few years later, Marshall began to see how Italy's great food culture was eroding, especially within young families. Like their American counterparts, Italian children were eating sugary cereal in the morning and packaged, processed, salt- and fat-laden snacks throughout the day. Busy Italian parents were rejecting local markets for supermarkets, and introducing their toddlers to fast food restaurants. So Marshall set on a quest to discover why "kid food" is proliferating around the world. Why do Americans feed their children with branded food products? Is it really possible that an old, healthy and delicious food culture like Italy's can be changed in just one generation? The story offers insight into our battle with the food companies, with our own desires and with our culture. Through discussions with food crusaders such as Alice Waters, with chefs, nutritionists, parents and Italian food vendors as well as with the big food companies such as PepsiCo and Nestle, Marshall gets behind the problems with our children's diets and offers a fresh, new perspective that will change the way we view cooking and eating"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307360045
Branch Call Number: 613.2083 MARSH
Characteristics: xi, 288 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 02, 2012

"Outside the Box - Why Our Children Need Real Food, Not Food Products" is an enjoyable and thought-provoking read by Canadian journalist Jeannie Marshall, who has been living in Italy for more than 10 years. By contrasting the food culture in Italy and North America, Jeannie reveals the staggering pace of change, sadly for the worse, in North American diets in the past decades. Jeannie highlights how the food industry and retail chain operations have contributed to the change, and undoubtedly, our generations of consumers who go for time-saving solutions share part of the responsibilities.

The consumption of food products instead of real food have come in heavy costs - obesity and related health problems, malnutrition, loss in biodiversity, and the erosion of human relationship, etc. Jeannie debunks the notion of food fortification, suggested by the food industry, is the solution. Jeannie urges readers to take a look back into our traditions, learn from our past, and pick up cooking skills. Besides, some recommendations by Jeannie such as school lunch programs similar to one adopted in Italian schools also deserve our attention.

Unfortunately, Europe and other emerging markets seem to be repeating the very same mistakes of their North American peers today. Let's hope that we can be more aware of the choices we make.

Apr 26, 2012

No recipes in this one, but some really good information for parents tired of feeling guilty about processed food, who are ready to start shopping differently. The extra time spent in the kitchen is so worth it!

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