I’m Bettina Elias Siegel, a former lawyer, writer, and mom of two. From 2010 to 2020, I wrote a popular WordPress blog called The Lunch Tray, and my writing about kids and food has also appeared in places like the New York Times, Civil Eats, Heated, and the Houston Chronicle. In late 2019, I published my first book, Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World, which the New York Times called “a blueprint for how to raise healthy eaters in a fast-food culture” and Real Simple named one of the best books of the year! (More info here.)

About this newsletter

The Lunch Tray covers all things kids and food—from school food policy to family dinner recipes to picky eating help. Each week, I’ll share a rundown of the kid/food links I find interesting or important, in a format you can easily scan to find what most interests you.


For the first two months, all weekly issues of this newsletter will be free for everyone. But if you want to show this newsletter some 💗 by becoming a paid subscriber now, you’ll be rewarded with an Early Bird rate of $4 a month or $40 a yeari.e., a 20% discount, locked in forever. After March 3rd, subscriptions will be $5 a month or $50 annually.

Paid subscribers can expect: (1) weekly dispatches of hot-off-the-presses kid/food news and other useful links; (2) the ability to join the community by leaving comments on my posts; (3) periodic Q&A interviews with kid/food experts and personalities; and (4) other enticing goodies!

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After March 3rd, you can still read The Lunch Tray for free—in the form of a monthly, condensed digest that will lack some of the breadth and timeliness of the weekly posts. Every now and then I may still send you a weekly dispatch, though—especially if something big is going on in the kid/food world. Because I’m nice that way. 🙂

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