Take Back the Tray: Revolutionizing Food in Hospitals, Schools, and Other Institutions

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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Joshna Maharaj is a chef, two-time TEDx speaker, and activist. She believes strongly in the power of chefs and social gastronomy to bring hospitality, sustainability, and social justice to the table. Joshna is a regular guest on CBC Radio, a passionate public speaker, and co-hosts The Hot Plate, a food and drink podcast. She was the recipient of Restaurants Canada's Culinary Excellence Award in 2018.


"The author is an engaging and dedicated advocate for those she's feeding. This is tremendous food for thought for a new decade." -- Quill & Quire

"Many of us have been appalled by the loveless fare being offered at institutions here in Canada. We all know better. Thank you, Joshna Maharaj for stepping into the fray and challenging this sad state of affairs. In Take Back the Tray we savour a passionate and insightful analysis born of many years on the ground working in the institutional food service reality. The writing is an inspiring call to action to restore dignity and deliciousness coupled with a large dose of hospitality to our institutional dining experience. I'll be doing my bit." -- Jamie Kennedy, chef

"Why is institutional food so bad when it could, and should, be so good? With hard-won insights and deep commitment, Joshna Maharaj takes us on a mouthwatering tour of what our collective food future might be. Her vision points the way to how we can put the hospitality back in hospital food and the generosity into a new generation of socially produced acts of care." -- Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

"Written in the voice of a friend and someone who cares, you can't help but make this cause rise to the top of your list in pushing for change." -- For the Love of the Page blog