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The Dinner Lady

UK Publisher: Bantam Press

Jeanette Orrey is the school dinner lady who is on a mission to improve the food our children eat. She believes in simple, traditional dishes with the occasional modern twist, made with the freshest local, seasonal and – where possible – organic ingredients. Now she had written a unique family cookbook full of tasty, healthy and practical recipes that are easy to make and can be enjoyed whatever age you are. All the recipes are big hits from Jeanette’s kitchen and include pasta with peas and bacon, meatballs in tomato sauce, real chicken nuggets, St. Peter’s salad, crunchy veg crumble, iced apple cake, jam roly-poly, scones and muffins in a multitude of flavours.

The book also tells the inspirational story of how Jeanette has become Britain’s most vocal campaigner for good food for our kids. In a climate of rising child obesity, of an increase in the use of preservatives and pesticides in intensively farmed food, and of constant food-related health scares, THE DINNER LADY’S quiet food revolution reveals how to avoid these pitfalls and how to put Jeanette’s simple ideals into practice. Also included are her tips, after years of experience, on getting even the fussiest children interested in ad excited by food, both at school and at home; guidance for busy parents on how to make life in the kitchen easier; notes on nutrition, organics, obesity and the hidden dangers of processed food; and how to make mealtimes a truly enjoyable occasion.

Praise for The Dinner Lady:

‘Jeanette Orrey is a dynamo, a true pioneer… Every school cook and parent interested in food needs this book’ – Felicity Lawrence, author of Not on the Label