Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan

A while ago, I read The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan (Simon & Schuster - Scribner). I have a love for the undercover journalism books by Barbara Ehrenreicht and The Omnivore's Dilemma, and this is sort of a cross between the two: McMillan works in the fields where food is grown, and it doesn't look anything like your Fisher-Price playhouse set. Applebee's is a wasteland of reheated food, but also a relief for poor families. And Walmart--well, we already knew that Walmart talks a big game and does everything it can to shut down local commerce and pay its people as little as possible.

In blurb format: we're kind of a mess.


  1. I, too, love this sort of book. My library has two copies, so I will have to reserve one. And read faster!

  2. It's good! And shorter than it looks--a good third of it, I think, was notes and references, and that's something I just skimmed.


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