Mrs. Q,the anonymous teacher who ate lunch in her school’s cafeteria every day for a year and blogged about it—generating thousands of hits a day—has come out of the closet.
Turns out, Mrs. Q is a Chicago school-based speech pathologist named Sarah Wu (rhymes with Q, of course). Her book Fed up with Lunch: How One Anonymous Teacher Survived a Year of School Lunches,has just been launched.
I’ve been following Mrs. Q since she started, checking out her blog mostly to see the pictures of the largely unhealthy and invariably gross-looking food (squishy, doughy hot dog buns, dried-up tator tots, mushy frozen corn, overly packaged everything) that she—and the kids in her low-income school— had to eat. She was like a more low-key, less gonzo Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me fame).
And like Spurlock, eating the nasty food on offer in the cafeteria made her sick.
I found the images of her lunch—often slightly grainy and blurred— shocking and disturbing because while she had a choice in the matter, many of the kids eating the same food did not. But it was also fascinating to watch how she became more politicized about the horrors and complexity of school lunch as the year went by. It started out as an experiment, and became a campaign.
You can read an excerpt from the book here.