Jamie Oliver

Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss’s compelling expose of how the food industry has “hooked” us on highly processed foods, concludes that “only we can save us” from the hazards of the modern American diet.  In other words, while we wait around for Big Food to voluntarily reform itself, or for our government to compel it to do so (developments I’m not sure […]


A Free Digital Cookbook Coming Your Way Tomorrow

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 15, 2014

Tomorrow, May 16th, is Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day.  In the past I’ve marked this day with some of my favorite fellow food bloggers by hosting what we called “virtual progressive dinner parties” in which each of us prepared a different course of a single meal.  But this year the theme of the day is “Let’s Get […]


Researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have released a new study regarding school chocolate milk that’s getting some press. The study looked at milk consumption in 11 Oregon elementary school cafeterias in which chocolate milk had been banned.  After the ban, total daily milk sales declined by almost 10%, white milk sales increased by around 160 […]


Help Get Food Education Into Every American School!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 10, 2013

The longer I blog on The Lunch Tray, the more I become convinced that the keys to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and improving kids’ health rest with kids themselves. That is to say, we absolutely must do what we can to improve our children’s food environment — school food reform, improved competitive food, reining […]


Will Ferrell As School Food Reformer? Why I’m Worried

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 1, 2012

The Huffington Post reported yesterday that the story of Jamie Oliver’s fraught attempt to improve the school food in Los Angeles USD, documented on his Food Revolution show last summer, is going to be adapted into a feature-length movie.   Ryan Seacrest (producer of the Food Revolution show) will be a co-producer of the film, […]


Thanks to my British colleague Joanne Roach of the Foodies, I’ve learned that the photo ban on Martha Payne’s school food blog, Never Seconds, has just been reversed. Details here. A victory for school food bloggers everywhere!   Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2012 Bettina Elias Siegel


Nine-Year-Old Launches School Food Blog, Sees Reforms

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 24, 2012

A few readers were kind enough to send me links about Martha Payne, a nine-year-old Scottish girl who last month started taking pictures of and blogging about her school’s meals — a budding Mrs. Q, if you will. Called NeverSeconds, Martha’s blog rates each lunch using this scale: Food-o-meter- Out of 10 a rank of […]


Welcome, everyone! By now you’ve celebrated Food Revolution Day (Eve) by visiting the other hosts of today’s “virtual progressive dinner party:” Time at the Table:  Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Dates; Red, Round or Green:  Roasted Tomato and Pepper Soup; The Jolly Tomato:  Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa; Full Plate/Meals in a Snap:  Simple Lemon Quinoa […]


Really? 20% of Kids Surveyed Think Pasta Comes from an Animal

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 17, 2012

Well, that’s apparently true in Australia, anyway.  But would the results of a food literacy survey here in the U.S. be any different? We’ve talked a lot on The Lunch Tray about the sharp decline in food knowledge and cooking skills in America, a country which ranks last among 20 surveyed nations in terms of time […]


A Virtual Progressive Dinner Party — and You’re Invited!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 4, 2012

Last year, in honor of Food Day, several bloggers and I banded together to host a “virtual progressive dinner party.”  The idea was that readers could go from one blog to the next for each successive course, and the hosts provided recipes, step-by-step cooking photos, giveaways — and even virtual glasses of wine. It was […]