Obama Writes a Book, Macarons Are Trending (Again), Paula Deen Explains All

Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.

1. The First Lady gets a book deal. According to the Washington Post, Michelle Obama just signed a contract to write a book about the White House garden and healthy eating ― an extension of her existing local foods and anti-obesity campaigns, and a new twist on the presidential cookbook. My guess is that book will become the next It Takes a Village, as well as fodder for a new round of you-can't-tell-me-what-to-eat complaints.

2. School lunches. Have you checked out the Bay Citizen's new series comparing school lunches in Orinda and West Oakland? So far, few surprises: Students whose parents pay $5.25 per day get healthy, organic food; students enrolled in free or reduced-price lunches (a per-student cost of $3) get burgers and chicken chow mein. I'm interested in following the series to see what lessons Annette Fuentes draws from studying these two programs, partially because it mentions Berkeley's visionary lunch program and then moves on, choosing to focus on school districts that don't have the same community support.

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