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Cooking with California Food in K-12 Schools

Cooking with California Food in K-12 Schools

The Center for Ecoliteracy, in partnership with TomKat Charitable Trust, presents Cooking with California Food in K–12 Schools, an inspiring cookbook and guide to menu planning co-written by award-winning cookbook authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans.

Cooking with California Food introduces the concept of the dynamic 6-5-4 School Lunch Matrix, based on six dishes students know and love, five ethnic flavor profiles, and four seasons. It offers ideas for adding more fresh, local, healthy foods to school lunches; helps meal services devise an appealing variety of menus around dishes that children already prefer; honors California’s rich history and cultural heritage; and describes a tested plan for effective professional development for food services staff.

Download the cookbook in English pdf [12mb]


Download the cookbook in Spanish pdf [12mb]



Nutrition Education Cards and Hospitality Training for School Nutrition Services Staff

This kit contains 20 color cards of fruits and vegetables, with nutritional and agricultural facts to help food services staff educate students about healthy choices. It also contains resources for staff professional development.

Download complete kit in English pdf [3.6mb]


Download Spanish set of cards pdf [2.8mb]

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