Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford is holding an online launch for her new book, Ugly Food, on April 14. (Photo courtesy Amber Stone)

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford is holding an online launch for her new book, Ugly Food, on April 14. (Photo courtesy Amber Stone)

Nanaimo author sympathizes with misshapen produce in new children’s book

Lindsay Ford covers food waste, rejection and perfectionism in ‘Ugly Food’

Lindsay Ford’s latest book examines issues of food waste, environmentalism and self-esteem, all through the eyes of unwanted produce.

The Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator said when she goes to the grocery store she feels for the imperfect fruits and vegetables that go unclaimed in favour of their picture-perfect counterparts.

“You just see the pile of perfect apples and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, fabulous, these are perfect apples,’ and then you see the banged-up ones and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, that’s no good,’” Ford said. “That’s commonly what you see … day-to-day or I personally experience, anyway. You don’t go for the one that’s slightly different looking.”

Ford’s new book Ugly Food is about produce “looking for love” and asks “if they had a voice, what would they say?” The book follows the misshapen food’s journey and looks at the decisions that are made when its blemishes are noticed and what those imperfections mean for its future and ultimate destination.

Due to COVID-19 precautions keeping people indoors, Ford is holding a virtual book launch and reading for Ugly Food on her Facebook page on April 14. The pandemic has also prompted a separate project designing book covers parodying The Berenstain Bears children’s book series. Titles include The Quarantine Bears Learn About Hoarding and The Quarantine Bears Put Hearts in Windows.

Ugly Food is the fourth installment of Ford’s Awkward and Awesome series, which tackles “hot button topics” while celebrating weirdness.

“Not only are there issues of food waste and environmentalism – higher levels of conversation there – it’s just conversations with food, kids learning about food [and] where it comes from,” Ford said. “Just because it looks a bit different doesn’t mean it tastes any different. It’s just as good for you as anything else.”

Ford said it’s important to discuss issues around perfectionism and rejection with children and explain that they’re not alone in experiencing those feelings. She said, like fruit, “we have bumps and bruises … no one’s perfect.”

“Kids if anything need to build up confidence and the only way you do that is by working on being rejected. And we’re all going to be rejected numerous times in our lives,” she said, later adding that she’s had to overcome her own issues with perfectionism.

“If I were still struggling along with my perfection, I would never have finished the book,” she said.

WHAT’S ON … Ugly Food online book launch on Tuesday, April 14 at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at www.facebook.com/breadandclutter.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Books

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo RCMP asked the public to help locate Brandon Sheldon, 15, who had been missing since Feb. 16. (Photo submitted)
UPDATE: RCMP report missing Nanaimo teen has been found safe and sound

Brandon Sheldon, 15, of Nanaimo missing since Tuesday

Views of Nanaimo, Newcastle Channel and the Strait of Georgia from the Nanaimo Parkway. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Editorial: We have a say in how our city of 100,000 grows

City of Nanaimo wants to hear from residents as transition from small town to big city continues

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

Nanaimo Yacht Club used a crane to lift six new boat sheds from its parking lot and into the water to take their places in the club’s marina Monday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
New boat sheds hoisted into the water at Nanaimo Yacht Club

Shelters for boats, constructed in Nanaimo Yacht Club parking lot, moved by crane Monday

Nanaimo’s Joanne Secord is a quarterfinalist in Inked Magazine’s Cover Model Search contest. (Janayh Wright Photography)
50-year-old Nanaimo mom hopes her tattoos will earn her a magazine cover shoot

Joanne Secord on cusp of semifinals in Inked Magazine contest

Nanaimo Yacht Club used a crane to lift six new boat sheds from its parking lot and into the water to take their places in the club’s marina Monday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
New boat sheds hoisted into the water at Nanaimo Yacht Club

Shelters for boats, constructed in Nanaimo Yacht Club parking lot, moved by crane Monday

Vancouver Canucks left wing Antoine Roussel (26) tries to get a shot past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) during second period NHL action in Vancouver, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canucks cough up 3-0 lead, fall 4-3 to visiting Edmonton Oilers

Vancouver falls to 8-13-2 on the NHL season

Jessica McCallum-Miller receives her signed oath of office from city chief administrative officer Heather Avison on Nov. 5, 2018 after being elected to Terrace City Council. McCallum-Miller resigned on Feb. 22, 2021, saying she felt unsupported and unheard by council. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Terrace’s 1st Indigenous councillor resigns citing ‘systemic and internalized racism,’ sexism

McCallum-Miller said in a Facebook post she felt unheard and unsupported by council

Temporary changes to allow for wholesale pricing for the hospitality industry were implemented June 2020 and set to expire March 31.	(Pixabay photo)
Pubs, restaurants to pay wholesale prices on liquor permanently in COVID-recovery

Pre-pandemic, restaurateurs and tourism operators paid full retail price on most liquor purchases

Wade Dyck with Luna, a dog who went missing near the Chasm for 17 days following a rollover on Feb. 5. (Photo submitted).
Dog missing for 17 days through cold snap reunited with owner in northern B.C.

Family ecstatic to have the Pyrenees-Shepherd cross back home.

Quesnel RCMP confirmed they are investigating a residential break-in at a home on the Barkerville Highway. (File image)
Thieves make off with $300K in Cariboo miner’s retirement gold

Tim Klemen is offering a reward for the return of his gold

Cowichan Tribes members line up at a drive-up clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Tribes COVID-19 death count hits four

Second doses of Pfizer vaccine expected on March 8 as community count hits 230 since Dec. 31

Saleema Noon with a group of pre-teens before COVID-19. (Twitter)
Sexual health ‘master class’ for pre-teens offered online

‘The pressure is just so huge, even in Grade 5.’

Most Read