The Lost Art of Feeding Kids

Hardcover $25.95

Jan 14, 2014 | 240 Pages

Ebook $25.95

Jan 14, 2014 | 240 Pages

  • Hardcover $25.95

    Jan 14, 2014 | 240 Pages

  • Ebook $25.95

    Jan 14, 2014 | 240 Pages


“Marshall makes a compelling case for why families everywhere should return to the old-fashioned Italian approach to food.”

“Marshall’s clear, direct book ably captures the frustrations of trying to find the healthiest path and inspiring kids to do the same.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[Marshall’s] point that parents need to think about the future when feeding their kids is an important one.”
Publishers Weekly

“Marshall…writes passionately about the dangers posed by processed foods—not just to our children’s health but to our way of life, our human attachment to the ‘ordinary happiness’ of meals cooked at home from real foods.”
Boston Globe

“Engaging . . . admirably well-researched . . . a well-timed eye-opener.”
—Chris Nuttal-Smith, The Globe and Mail
The Lost Art of Feeding Kids is about teaching kids how to appreciate real food but also about how globalization is changing the way the world eats. 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 to enjoy the pleasures of eating food prepared, cooked, and lovingly shared by friends and family.”
—Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of Food Politics and What to Eat
“The book is a marvelous read because the story is so deceptively simple: one family’s experience of Italian food (with luscious, lingering descriptions of fresh produce and oh-so-satisfying meals). But this is much more than a personal story (fascinating as it is). Marshall also discusses food marketing, nutrition policy, and the food industry—using examples from around the world. Her personal story is thus placed in a broader context; the book is both informative yet accessibly written (not an easy task!).”
—Karen Le Billon, author of French Kids Eat Everything
“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.”
—Theresa Albert, registered nutritionist and author of Ace Your Health: 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck
“A game-changer. Part manifesto, part family story, it’s about the disappearance of ‘real food,’ as the title suggests, but more than anything, it’s about the value of ‘food culture’ in ensuring a healthy and sustainable food system for kids and adults alike. Anyone with an interest in children and food (parents, teachers, activists, educators) or the politics of the food system should run out and get it now. Jeannie’s easy-to-read style and chilling, clear-eyed marshalling of the facts makes it a standout among food books.”
—Andrea Curtis, author of What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World and coauthor of The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement

Table Of Contents


Discovering a Food Culture

The Packaged-Food Revolution

Scientific Mothers

When Children Learn to Taste

The Art, Science, and Tradition of Eating

Selling Food to Children

The Tragic Results

Normal Food

An Industrial View

Natural Food Cultures

How the World Eats

The Global Market

Changing Eating Habits in Europe

The Pleasure of Food



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