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'Big Bang Theory' Star Melissa Rauch Releases Free Children's Book 'The Tales of Tofu,' Making Healthy Eating Fun and Accessible

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For the past 10 years, Melissa Rauch has captured hearts as the lovable microbiologist Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory. But now that the long-running sitcom is wrapping up, the actress and mom has more time for the things she's passionate about besides acting — one of which is healthy eating. To help make eating nutritious foods fun for kids, Rauch teamed up with tofu manufacturer House Foods (along with the nonprofit Action for Healthy Kids) to write her very first book, called The Tales of Tofu. Rauch officially dropped the children's book this week, and Green Matters got to speak with the actress-turned-author at the launch event to learn more about the book, her tips on encouraging healthy eating for kids, and how she feels about The Big Bang Theory coming to an end. 

On Monday, April 15, a group of children gathered at the The McKinley Library at The Neighborhood School in Manhattan. Rauch cheerfully entered the library in a killer peach pantsuit to read The Tales of Tofu, a story about an anthropomorphic cube of tofu who is nervous to perform in his school play, written in playful rhyme. Many of the children in attendance were new to the world of tofu, but thanks to Rauch's playful insistence that they shout "yay tofu!" each time she turned the page, by the end of the book, the kids couldn't wait to get their hands on the tofu-based dishes at the back of the room. All of the dishes at the launch were recipes from The Tales of Tofu, made using House Foods' U.S.-grown, non-GMO soybeans.