The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table

The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table

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by Tracie McMillan
     
 


Inspired by the growing interest in food and the conversation about what we should be eating and where it should come from award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan began to wonder how America's working class could afford, let alone have time, to eat as well as they should. In 2009 McMillan decided to immerse herself in America's food system--from farm to… See more details below

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Inspired by the growing interest in food and the conversation about what we should be eating and where it should come from award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan began to wonder how America's working class could afford, let alone have time, to eat as well as they should. In 2009 McMillan decided to immerse herself in America's food system--from farm to restaurant kitchen--and work undercover alongside America’s working poor in order to examine how we eat.

Moving from California to Detroit to New York, McMillan worked as a farm laborer, a Wal-Mart clerk in the grocery section, and an expediter at Applebee’s. She often lived and worked and shared kitchens and food with her co-workers. She takes us into these worlds with vivid descriptions of the people she meets; the grueling work; the treatment of workers; and the food that's being grown, sold, and prepared. She lives within the means her low pay allows and demonstrates what that means in terms of the food she can afford to buy and the time she has to prepare it.

Good and healthy food should not be a luxury and in her important book Tracie McMillian explores why eating well in our country is limited to the few and what we can do about it and she establishes herself as an important young journalist writing about one of the hottest topics in America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439171950
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Before you Read this book xiii

Introduction: Eating in America 1

Part I Farming

1 Grapes 17

2 Peaches 37

3 Cutting Garlic 57

4 Gleaning Garlic 79

Part II Selling

5 Grocery 101

6 Produce 101 129

7 Produce 201 161

Part III Cooking

8 Kitchen Novice 185

9 Kitchen Spy 205

10 Kitchen Fixture 219

Conclusion: A New American Way of Eating 233

Holy Ted Nugent, We're all Foodies Now 243

Acknowledgments 247

Appendix: Cheap Food? 255

Notes 259

Bibliography 299

Q&A with Author Tracie McMillan 323

Teaching Guide for Tracie McMillan's the American Way of Eating 332

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