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.