I’m now home from the first part of my Kid Food book tour—Houston, New York City (twice!), and Washington, D.C.—and I thought I’d share a few fun pictures and highlights, as well as links to my recent podcast and radio interviews.
Tomorrow, I’ll catch you up on some important kid/food news I missed covering while I was away, and on Friday, I’ll post my interview with Jen Gaddis, author of a new book about school food, The Labor of Lunch. I’ll also be giving away a free copy of her book, so be sure to come by to enter the drawing!
And now for my quick book tour recap . . . .
Kid Food‘s official kick-off began here in Houston at the wonderful Brazos Bookstore, where I was interviewed by Houston Chronicle writer and editor, Lisa Gray. (Lisa very kindly stepped in at the last minute when my original interviewer, Texas Monthly‘s Mimi Swartz, had to bow out due to a broken leg! Get well soon, Mimi!)
I’m so grateful to the many friends and family members who packed the house that night and gave Kid Food such a warm send-off into the world!
New York City — Part One!
Next it was off to New York City, where I had the chance to talk about Kid Food with three of my food policy idols: Marion Nestle, professor emerita of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, Pam Koch, executive director of the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and Charles Platkin, executive director of the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center.
It was an incredible evening for me personally—I honestly kept feeling like I had to pinch myself!—and I’m grateful to the folks at Hunter for pulling it together. (Several of you asked me if the event was videotaped. It was, and I’ll share the link here as soon as it’s posted.) I also did a Q&A with the organization in connection with our event, which you can read here.
While in New York, I also had the chance to chat more intimately about the book with a group of preschool parents at Brooklyn’s Maple Street School (thanks, Greenlight Bookstore for arranging) and to be interviewed about Kid Food by Zibby Owens on her popular “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books” podcast. (If you’re a book lover and haven’t yet listened to her podcast, I promise you’ll love it!) My conversation with Zibby will air in January and I’ll share the link here and on social media.
Next it was off to Washington, D.C. where my dear friend and food writer Aviva Goldfarb interviewed me at the famed Politics & Prose bookstore. I’m not sure what we were guffawing about in this picture, but it was a really fun and stimulating evening, thanks to Aviva’s great questions!
New York City—Again!
I flew back to Houston to host Thanksgiving for my extended family, and then returned to NYC a few days later to tape a segment about Kid Food on CNBC’s On the Money with host Becky Quick (herself a mom of four who totally gets it!) Our segment will air in about two weeks, and I’ll share the link when it’s up.
Podcasts and Radio Interviews
In the middle of all of this travel, I had the chance to do a number of radio and podcast interviews about Kid Food, which you can listen to here:
- “Why Is Kids’ Food So Unhealthy?” The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC/ New York NPR)
- The Nourished Child with Jill Castle
- “How Parents Can Raise Healthy Eaters in a Culture Stacked Against Them,” Houston Matters (Houston NPR).
- “How to Feed Children Healthy Foods in a Highly Processed World,” BYU Radio’s Constant Wonder
- Picky Eating and Thanksgiving“, WTOP (Washington, D.C. radio)
- It’s All About Food podcast
- Feed Your Face (KABC Los Angeles radio)
By the way, I haven’t been regularly sharing on the blog the various print publications that have covered Kid Food, but if you’d like to see them, they’re all linked on my author website, bettinasiegel.com.
Up Next: California!
For all you West Coast TLT’ers, I wanted to let you know that I’m currently planning an early spring tour in your area. Dates and places will be announced here and on bettinasiegel.com, and I can’t wait to meet many of you in person!
💗💗💗 THANK YOU! 💗💗💗
Finally, just a note of gratitude to The Lunch Tray community for your incredibly warm embrace of Kid Food. Your support means the world to me, and it really makes a difference when you share the book on social media, write an Amazon review, and—most importantly—tell your friends and family about the book!
And by the way, if you’d like to give copies of Kid Food as a holiday gift, I’d be more than happy to sign and personalize them! Just visit bettinasiegel.com/bookplate for all the details.
- “A blueprint for how to raise healthy eaters in a fast-food culture”—New York Times
- “One of the Best Books of 2019 (So Far)” — Real Simple
- “Everyone who has children should read Kid Food. And everyone who doesn’t should read it, too.” — Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation.
Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World. For more information, visit bettinasiegel.com.