I’d like to start a book club and read one food-related book every two months. In the future, we’ll work together to choose a title, but I’d like to propose Free For All: Fixing School Food in America for our first book title.
I bought this book back in February and then I ran out of time to read it. If there is one book I should read (and probably know by heart), I think it should be this book. The author, Janet Poppendieck, contributed a guest blog post last year, which I was reminded of when she recently appeared on The Lunch Tray blog as well as writing a piece in The Washington Post. Then Free For All: Fixing School Food appeared on Grist’s Favorite Books of 2010. It seemed like a logical choice.
After the holidays we’re all strapped for cas,h so don’t feel like you have to plop down some more money on something new. The paperback version of the book comes out on January 3rd, which is a little cheaper, but you can always go to your local library and check out the title. If they don’t have it at the library, you can ask to have it interlibrary loaned from a partner library. In college, I worked in the interlibrary loan (ILL)department of the massive, main library so I’m a big fan of ILL and what it does.
We’ll spend the month of January reading the book (and acquiring it if you don’t have it), then in February I’ll post discussion questions once a week. We’re in a unique position, one that I’ve never been in before: I have a way of contacting the author and asking follow-up questions if we have any. At the end of February, we’ll have Twitter and Facebook chats about our thoughts on the book and the outlook for school lunches based upon what we have learned.