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Foster, Kim


ISBN 9781250278777, 1250278775
Hardcover with dust jacket | 320 pages

James Beard Award-winning author Kim Foster reveals a new portrait of hunger and humanity in America


Food is a conduit for connection; we envision smiling families gathered around a table—eating, happy, content. But what happens when poverty, mental illness, homelessness, and addiction claim a seat at the table? In The Meth Lunches, James Beard award-winning writer Kim Foster peers behind the polished visions of perfectly curated dinners and charming families to reveal complex reality when poverty and food intersect.

Whether it’s heirloom vegetables or a block of neon yellow government cheese, food is both a basic necessity and nuanced litmus test: what and how we eat reflects our communities, our cultures, and our place in the world. The Meth Lunches gives a glimpse into the lives of people living in Foster’s Las Vegas community—the grocery store cashier who feels safer surrounded by food after surviving a childhood of hunger; the inmate baking a birthday cake with coffee creamer and Sprite; the unhoused woman growing scallions in the slice of sunlight on her passenger seat. This is what food looks like in the lives of real people.

The Meth Lunches reveals stories of dysfunction intertwined with hope, of the insurmountable obstacles and fierce determination all playing out on the plates of ordinary people. It’s a bold invitation to pull up a chair and reconsider our responsibilities to the most vulnerable among us. Welcome to the table.

The Meth Lunches

SKU: 9781250278777

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