‘Funny Food’: Kids, Please DO Play with Your Food

A little man with tomato ears standing on toast legs looks up at you through yellow egg yolk eyes, while a strawberry-winged blackberry butterfly shows off its luminous colors.
What to do but eat them?
These fanciful critters are the breakfast creations of Bill Wurtzel, who, for over fifty years, has lovingly prepared their ilk for his wife Claire, a Bank Street graduate and former Graduate School Special Education faculty member of 17 years. Now, the Wurtzels are sharing their love of silly food with the world with their new book Funny Food, celebrated by Bank Streeters past and present at the College on April 4.
Funny Food presents witty, easy-to-prepare breakfasts for every day of the year, brightly depicted through Bill’s photography and Claire’s engaging, educational text. But the secret ingredient is the message to kids that fresh, healthy food can also be simple, fun, and delicious.
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“There was originally no intention other than to have a creative and fun breakfast every morning,” says Claire. “And it was really not until we looked at Bill’s photos and realized, you know, the media is talking so much about childhood obesity and childhood diabetes… Maybe we can do something about this. With my educational background and Bill’s sense of fun and artistic abilities, we’re a good team.”
Linda Levine, who went to Bank Street with Claire in the 1970s and later became a longtime faculty member in the Graduate School, says of the authors, “that’s one of the best marriages I’ve ever

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