The Lost Art of Feeding Kids: What Italy Taught Me about Why Children Need Real Food
by Jeannie Marshall
(Beacon Press, January 2014)
Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, and author of What to Eat, says:
“In this beautifully written book about what needs to be done to preserve food culture in Italy and elsewhere, Marshall makes the political personal as she explains how she is teaching her son Nico to enjoy the pleasures of eating food prepared, cooked, and lovingly shared by friends and family.”
Theresa Albert, registered nutritionist and author of Ace Your Health: 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck, says:
“An illuminating personal account of a journey that we all need to take: from the product in a box back to real food. Jeannie Marshall shows that parents know better than corporations what’s good for kids, and how solving the nutrition and obesity crisis will nourish generations to come.”
A lively story of raising a child to enjoy real food in a processed world, and the importance of maintaining healthy food cultures
In Italy, children traditionally sat at the table with the adults eating everything from anchovies to artichokes. Their appreciation of seasonal, regional foods influenced their food choices and this passing down of traditions turned Italy into a world culinary capital. But now, parents worldwide are facing the same problems as American families with the aggressive marketing of processed foods and the prevalence of junk food wherever children gather. While struggling to raise her child, Nico, on a natural, healthy, traditional Italian diet, Jeannie Marshall, a Canadian who lives in Rome, sets out to discover how such a time-tested food culture could change in such a short time. At once an exploration of the U.S. food industry’s global reach and a story of finding the best way to feed her child, The Lost Art of Feeding Kids will appeal to parents, food policy experts, and fans of great food writing alike.
In Canada, this book is titled Outside the Box: Why Our Children Need Real Food, Not Food Products and is published by Random House Canada.