It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.


The Sustainable Food blog has a post about what school lunches looked like during the Great Depression complete a photo from 1936. They weren’t nearly as depressing as the majority of school lunches today.

School lunches have been disgusting at least since this writer was young — but it wasn't always that way. Once upon a time, school lunch in America was a simple, healthy meal meant to nourish and sustain our young people.
Click here for the full post.



This will anger you. The New York Times reports that food buyers for Kraft, Frito-Lay and a couple of other food companies endangered your family’s health to make a little money. They accepted bribes to approve the purchase of millions of pounds of tomato products with high levels of mold or other defects. And somehow this may have also driven the cost of the food you’ve bought higher.

Robert Watson, a top ingredient buyer for Kraft Foods, need $20,000 to pay his taxes. So he called a broker for a California tomato processor that for years had been paying him bribes to get its products into Kraft’s plants.
Click here to read the full story.



In a more positive New York Times piece, craft beer lovers are becoming increasingly interested in learning how to make their own craft beer and enhance their experiences. Classes and trips centered around beer are becoming popular.

BY 8:30 a.m., Glen Nile was elbow-deep in a bucket of Cascade hops, pulling apart the dry pods and releasing the lupulin, a resinous substance that plays a crucial role in the creation of beer. Meanwhile, Errol Chase, who goes by “Butch,” was pouring pints of oatmeal stout. 
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MNN’s put together another great slide show. It showcases 10 great eco-bars. I do have a little bone to pick, though. Only one of them is on the East Coast. The rest are all on the West Coast. I’m sure there are more on my coast, and there have got to be a few somewhere in the middle, too. If you know of one that was missed, leave a comment about it under the slide show.


Image: Matt Callow

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.