Food Movements Unite!
It’s rare that a book makes me sit up and rethink my role in the food system. It’s not enough to just vote with our forks, but we also need to question and challenge the power structure of the corporate food regime to ensure food sovereignty. Eric Holt-Giménez has gathered 21 essays to highlight new strategies and alliances to effectively change the local and global food system. My favorite essay was about the Black Panther’s Breakfast for Children Program in the 1960s, through its aim to create political education on hunger, fed low income children throughout the country and led to improvement to the national school food program.
It’s one of our family’s favorite food to eat, and a favorite read-along book of children’s librarians from Seattle to New York. The rhythmic prose and kinetic illustrations capture the frenzy of a very hungry child who eagerly helps prepare her family’s meal. Not to worry if your child isn’t familiar with the Korean dish, as they’ll love chanting “bee-bim bop!” along with you. Which means, they’ll want to help make and eat this delicious rice and mostly vegetable dish, following the recipe that Newbery winner Linda Sue Park includes at the end.
What the World Eats
During the holiday season as we think about family meals, we always pull out this young readers’ adaptation of Hungry Planet to see what families around the world are eating. It’s a wonderful way to start a conversation with our kids, family, and friends about what and how we are eat. If you really are what you eat, these portraits of 25 family meals across 21 countries reveal both cultural and nutritional details about who we are. Maybe this year we’ll add our own family food portrait (a week’s worth of food laid out on our dining room table).