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What if you can't afford nine-dollar tomatoes? That was the question award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan couldn't escape as she watched the debate about America's meals unfold, one that urges us to pay food's true cost—which is to say, pay more. So in 2009 McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters.

From the fields of California, a Walmart produce aisle outside of Detroit, and the kitchen of a New York City Applebee's, McMillan takes us into the heart of America's meals. With startling intimacy she portrays the lives and food of Mexican garlic crews, Midwestern produce managers, and Caribbean line cooks, while also chronicling her own attempts to live and eat on meager wages. Along the way, she asked the questions still facing America a decade after the declaration of an obesity epidemic: Why do we eat the way we do? And how can we change it? To find out, McMillan goes beyond the food on her plate to examine the national priorities that put it there. With her absorbing blend of riveting narrative and formidable investigative reporting, McMillan takes us from dusty fields to clanging restaurant kitchens, linking her work to the quality of our meals—and always placing her observations in the context of America's approach not just to farms and kitchens but to wages and work.

The surprising answers that McMillan found on her journey have profound implications for our food and agriculture, and also for how we see ourselves as a nation. Through stunning reportage, Tracie McMillan makes the simple case that—city or country, rich or poor—everyone wants good food. Fearlessly reported and beautifully written, The American Way of Eating goes beyond statistics and culture wars to deliver a book that is fiercely intelligent and compulsively readable. Talking about dinner will never be the same again.

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Award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan chronicles her undercover mission to work—and eat—alongside America's working poor.

About the Author

Tracie McMillan has written about food and class for a variety of publications, including the New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; Harper's Magazine; Saveur; and Slate. From 2001 to 2005, she was the managing editor of the award-winning magazine City Limits, where she won recognition from organizations ranging from the James Beard Foundation to World Hunger Year. Tracie is based in Brooklyn. Hillary Huber records audiobooks on a regular basis, garnering consistently glowing reviews and earning her several Audie Award nominations, including for A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read, Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro, and What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage by Amy Sutherland. She also earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of This Book Is Overdue! AudioFile magazine says, "Hillary Huber's narration is lyrical enough to be set to music." Hillary lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781452657530
Subtitle:
Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
Author:
Mcmillan, Tracie
Author:
McMillan, Tracie
Author:
Huber, Hillary
Publisher:
Tantor
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Sociology-Poverty
Edition Description:
Unabridged,MP3 - Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20120430
Binding:
MP3 CD
Language:
English
Dimensions:
7.4 x 5.3 x 0.6 in 0.2 lb

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Agriculture and Food
History and Social Science » Sociology » Poverty
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Medicine Nutrition and Psychology

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