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Author Foster, Kim (Food writer), author.

Title The meth lunches : food and longing in an American city / Kim Foster.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2023.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  363.8097 FOS    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description 308 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-308).
Contents The care + feeding of a drug addict -- Surveillance of humans + their food -- Hunger, hoarding + having enough -- Food that is fast + full of meaning -- Charity, the giving + taking of food -- Food + housing, conjoined + inseparable twins -- The limits + liabilities of lunch -- Inconvenient people + the starving brain -- Slippage + the discomfort of food -- Lunch + the braided-up life.
Summary "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, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject People with social disabilities -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Social conditions.
Food security -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Hunger -- Social aspects -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Drug addiction -- Social aspects -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Social policy.
ISBN 9781250278777 (hardcover)
1250278775 (hardcover)

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