About the Author
Claire Wurtzel has been an educator for 40 years, supporting teachers who work with students struggling with learning and/or behavior difficulties. She was on the faculty of Bank Street Graduate School for 17 years and taught–and was chair–of the Department of Special Education. She works with teachers, administrators, families, psychologists, librarians, and museum educators both nationally and internationally.
“My mother, an immigrant from Poland, was very proud and delighted in sharing what she learned in nutrition classes. In addition to learning how to stretch meals when supplies were scarce during and after the war, she learned about the importance of a good breakfast and healthy food.
In preparation for Funny Food, I called my three siblings to check on my memory. Each added something. My sister mentioned that Mom learned to cook potatoes in their skins to enhance their nutritional value. My brothers reminded me that Mom learned the dietary value of raw vegetables and we all still enjoy eating raw cabbage, carrots, celery, green beans, turnips and peas.
My mother’s openness to explore and change her long engrained cooking habits and her joy in learning how to prepare more nutritious meals are an inspiration to this day.
Claire and Bill have been married for 50 years, have two daughters, three grandchildren, and live in New York City.