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Blogher Book Club Review: Lunch Wars

Posted by: Maggie

When I heard that Amy Kalafa’s Lunch Wars was next up in the BlogHer Book Club*, I was thrilled.  The food we feed our kids is such a big deal for me. Since Eleanor was born, I’ve read a number of books and watched a bunch of documentaries about health, nutrition and the food industry in this country. But, aside from watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution series on ABC,  I haven’t heard much about the state of food in our schools.

Kalafa explores the state of school lunches today and tells her readers exactly what they can do about it.  Lunch Wars give a brief but compelling overview of the harmfulness of the foods available to our children at school and the very real health consequences associated with that food. Kalafa follows by explaining step-by-step what a passionate parent can do to make a change in their community.

Each chapter ends with a list of action steps you can take to make a difference in your children’s school. The book is filled with stories of parents, chefs, nutritionists, writers, and others who have worked to change the school food in their communities. Many of the stories are disheartening. It’s sad to hear about the challenges these individuals have faced when they try to make food healthier for children. But so many of the stories are incredibly inspiring. It’s amazing to hear some of the success stories, where food has not only become healthy, delicious, and sustainable, but many of the programs have become financially profitable for the schools.

The book made me worried for the day when Eleanor starts school, but also prepared and excited to start my own Lunch War when the time comes.

Head over to the Blogher Book Club to join the discussion and read what other bloggers are saying about Amy Kalafa’s Lunch Wars.

*This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

Let’s Make Some Cash!

Posted by: Maggie

Hi friends,

See it’s like a little note to you guys, not just a blog post, well, it’s a post and a note. Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that cranky is becoming a BlogHer Affiliate, which doesn’t effect you a whole lot, but you will see a little blue bar at the top of the page, with some buttons to share what you’re reading about via facebook and twitter and some ads, possibly some with Justin Bieber’s face on them (score!). Beginning in August you’ll see some ads in the right sidebar.

I thought I’d answer some of your questions and concerns about this change:

Wow, you’re selling out? Yup, and it’s about time! This blog has been costing rather than making us money for quite a while. And you all know that we are in a constant state of brokedom. So bring on the ads! Don’t worry, BlogHer allows us to choose what type of ads that will run, which means you won’t see any ads that run contrary to our values.

What does this mean for me, Jane Reader? Only good things I assure you. It means I actually have to post on a regular basis and I gotta make those posts worth reading. Novel concept right?

What can I do to help you? I’m so glad you asked.  As always, we love for you to tell your friends to stop in for a visit! Let them know why you like to read Cranky and why they might too!

Are you taking other ads? Yup, we will soon start taking other sponsors after our redesign is complete. They will be tile ads running in our sidebar. I’ll be putting together ad specs and pricelists soon. If you or someone you know might be interested, we’re looking for advertisers who are similar style blogs (you know, those for the young hip family) or products that the young hip family would love. If you want to get on the list to be notified when we start offering ad space, just shoot me an email at maggie@makingmecranky.com.

As always, thank you, thank you for supporting our little place on the interwebs!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming: a post about Eleanor will be up in a bit!