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Outside the Box: Why Our Children Need Real Food, Not Food Products

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A lively, cross-cultural look at the way packaged and fast foods are marketed to our kids--and a meditation on how our eating habits and our family lives are being changed in the process.

When Canadian journalist Jeannie Marshall moved to Rome with her husband, she delighted in Italy's famous culinary traditions. But when Marshall gave birth to a son, she began to see how t
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Random House Canada
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Rebecca Mckenzie
May 14, 2013 Rebecca Mckenzie rated it it was amazing
This is a book I think every parent should read! In fact, it should be required reading as part of prenatal classes, or read concurrently with What to Expect When You Are Expecting! Marshall combines research and first hand knowledge that leaves you questioning how things got this far. You will become angered at the food industry and, I hope, be inspired to return to REAL FOOD!
Jun 21, 2012 Kirsten rated it liked it
It's hard to rate this book by the Goodreads system and have three stars mean "I liked it." I didn't actually like the message but this book did have an impact on me. I remember having a similar feeling after reading Caitlin Flanagan's Girl Land. Both of these books (Marshall's about loss of traditional food culture; Flanagan's about changes in how teenage girls see themselves and how they are viewed) left me feeling powerless as an individual parent to stand up against cultural forces, especial ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
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Marshall doesn’t come across as patronizing or elitist – something food writers and bloggers are often charged with. She doesn’t lecture you but instead inspires you to want something more for your family, and your community. She stresses the importance of societal norms in creating a food culture and its significance to overall health.

Having not grown up in a strong food culture the likes of which is common in Italy, the entire idea behi
Jun 10, 2012 Ilona rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, parenting, health, food
I wavered between giving this book three and four stars, and settled on four because I learned some important things. I was drawn to three, though, because much of what's contained in the book is information about things far outside my control. Insofar as I rarely purchase food products, and, when I do, I understand that they're not healthy -- not even food, really -- I am doing what I can, but it was still discouraging to read page after page on the worldwide behemoths that are the food-product ...more
Mar 20, 2015 May rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-parenting, food, 2015
An interesting read that got a little preachy at times. However it did help to remind me that I should be more vigilant with the food I give my daughter at home and to try to protect her from the influence of food industry that I don't agree with. I like how she advocates for food culture and tradition with our kids. It's especially important since I already feel that she is eating too much junk food at her daycare. It only gets worst from here. At least the food she gets at daycare right now ...more
Janie Macaskill
Apr 23, 2014 Janie Macaskill rated it it was amazing
Important read. Really important way of feeding the family. Please consider not missing this truly important book
Jul 14, 2012 Cee rated it really liked it
First half reiterates a lot of what I've read before, but the second half really picks up and punches out some good arguments and ideas.
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I would love to see a cooked 'real food' lunch in all schools.
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