Academic journal article Science Scope

What's for Lunch?

Academic journal article Science Scope

What's for Lunch?

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What's for Lunch? By Andrea Curtis. $12.95. 40 pp. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Markham, ON. 2012. ISBN: 9780889954823.

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Our global village is reflected in classrooms across the country. Diversity is recognized, customs are respected, and holidays are celebrated. Food is an integral part of every culture and lunch is the students' shared experience. In What's for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World, Andrea Curtis takes the reader on a worldwide journey to explore the variety of meals shared during the school day.

The continental tour begins in Tokyo, Japan, where lunch is more than a meal. Etiquette, respect, and cleanliness are integral components. The meal itself typically consists of fish, miso soup, rice, a vegetable, and milk. Nantes, France, encourages a slow-paced meal, savoring the concoctions cooked by trained chefs. There is an intense appreciation of food, and lunchroom meals are served on ceramic plates accompanied by silverware. Bread and cheese are often part of the meal, with low-fat meats and vegetables also served.

Lunch in Lucknow, India, Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya are sometimes the reason students come to school. It may be the only meal they eat during the entire day. …

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