Obsessives: School Lunch Revolutionary

Obsessives: School Lunch Revolutionary

By Meredith Arthur, Eric Slatkin, and Blake Smith

Ann Cooper was a celebrity chef before she wrote a book, Bitter Harvest, that got her thinking about the connection between food and health. She has spent the past three-plus years as head lunch lady for the Berkeley, California, school system, writing another book, Lunch Lessons, along the way. Ann’s mission? To make sure every kid gets the healthy breakfast and lunch he or she needs. And soon Ann will be helping feed kids beyond the Bay Area, as she heads to the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado.

This is a regular series called Obsessives, in which CHOW explores the worlds of singularly focused food-industry figures. These are the people with the dirty hands, answering detailed questions about the work they do.