The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
When award-winning (and working-class) journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three... show more
When award-winning (and working-class) journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each. Reporting from California fields, a Walmart produce aisle outside of Detroit, and the kitchen of a New York City Applebee’s, McMillan examines the reality of our country’s food industry in this “clear and essential” (The Boston Globe) work of reportage. Chronicling her own experience and that of the Mexican garlic crews, Midwestern produce managers, and Caribbean line cooks with whom she works, McMillan goes beyond the food on her plate to explore the national priorities that put it there. Fearlessly reported and beautifully written, The American Way of Eating goes beyond statistics and culture wars to deliver a book that is fiercely honest, strikingly intelligent, and compulsively readable. In making the simple case that—city or country, rich or poor—everyone wants good food, McMillan guarantees that talking about dinner will never be the same again.
Publish date: October 2nd 2012
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Food And Drink
, Food Writing
The author decided to take a look at the food industry from various points: where the food is picked, where the food is sold and where the food is made. Her journey takes from the farmlands picking vegetables, to the backstocking at Wal-Mart and to the kitchen of an Applebee's. In some ways it's a l...
I was browsing through audible and came across the “American Way of Eating” by Tracie McMillan and narrated by Hilary Huber. What caught my attention was this idea of why it is so difficult for so many Americans to eat well. In her book she describes how she takes on a series of unskilled jobs from ...
I enjoyed this book mostly for the look at the migrant workers that are employed to harvest the majority of produce that fills our grocery stores. One of the many things that I learned from this book was that organic crops can be sprayed with organic pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides. This se...
There's a lot of information here, much of it new to me. I knew, f'rinstance, that most people in the US have abysmal diets. I wasn't clear on some of the reasons why- including the fact that lots of people just plain never learn to cook from scratch and are flummoxed by a pile of ingredients with n...
As a former Michigander I appreciated the sections dealing with Detroit and the struggles of local residents to find good healthy food and the movement to take back sections of the city with community gardens. The sections on Applebee's will have have you rethinking your choice of a 'special' night...