ARC BOOK REVIEW: Meth Lunches: Food and Longing in An American City by Kim Foster
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 that table?
In The Meth Lunches, Kim Foster peers behind the polished visions of perfectly curated
dinners and charming families to reveal the 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 a 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.
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