The Lost Art Of Feeding Kids: What Italy Taught Me About Why Children Need Real Food
Publish Date: 2014-01-14
Author: Jeannie Marshall
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A lively story of raising a child to enjoy real food in a processed world, and the importance of maintaining healthy food cultures
Why is it so easy to find sugary cereals and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets in a grocery store, but so hard to shop for nutritious, simple food for our children? If youve ever wondered this, youre not alone. But it might surprise you to learn that this isnt just an American problem.
Packaged snacks and junk foods are displacing natural, home-cooked meals throughout the worldeven in Italy, a place we tend to associate with a healthy Mediterranean diet. Italian children traditionally sat at the table with the adults and ate everything from anchovies to artichokes. Parents passed a love of seasonal, regional foods down to their children, and this generational appreciation of good food turned Italy into the world culinary capital weve come to know today.
When Jeannie Marshall moved from Canada to Rome, she found the healthy food culture she expected. However, she was also amazed to find processed foods aggressively advertised and junk food on every corner. While determined to raise her son on a traditional Italian diet, Marshall sets out to discover how even a food tradition as entrenched as Italys can be greatly eroded or even lost in a single generation. She takes readers on a journey through the processed-food and marketing industries that are re-manufacturing our childrens diets, while also celebrating the pleasures of real food as she walks us through Roman street markets, gathering local ingredients from farmers and butchers.
At once an exploration of the US food industrys global reach and a story of finding the best way to feed her child,The Lost Art of Feeding Kidsexamines not only the role that big food companies play in forming childrens tastes, and the impact that has on their health, but also how parents and communities can push back to create a culture that puts our kids health and happiness ahead of the interests of the food industry.