A Short Blogging Hiatus . . .


My son's bar mitzvah is rapidly approaching, so for the next two weeks or so I'll only be posting on the blog sporadically, if at all, and I'm putting  "Your Lunch, Delivered," my weekly newsletter, on hold. But I'll continue to share interesting … [Continue reading]

Book Review and Giveaway: The Dorito Effect

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A few weeks ago. I told you about a new book by journalist Mark Schatzker, The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor.  I became interested in the book when I read Schatzker's Wall Street Journal article about it, citing an … [Continue reading]

Why Moms Are Still Not Lovin’ It

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One year ago this month, I travelled to Oak Brook, Illinois to attend the annual McDonald's shareholder meeting along with five other moms:  Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition; Casey Hinds of KY Healthy Kids; Leah Segedie, founder of the … [Continue reading]

More Time to Comment on Healthier Daycare Meals

I've been writing quite a bit in the last few months about meals in federally funded daycare centers.  In September, I had a piece on Civil Eats which showed how unhealthy foods like Rice Krispies treats, donuts, and Pop Tarts were permissible in the … [Continue reading]

The Specter of the Starving Student Athlete

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When I started writing The Lunch Tray in 2010, an actual week's menu in Houston ISD included breaded chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, chicken fried steak fingers with cream gravy, beef taco nachos, beef taco salad, pepperoni pizza and Frito Pie … [Continue reading]