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The American Way of Eating with Author Tracie McMillan (Updated 11/22/13)

The Gianni Lounge (Mary Graydon Conference Room 200)

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Like all myths, the idea that only the affluent and educated care about their meals has spread not because it is true, but because parts of it are. Healthier food is more expensive; that much is true. So is the fact that it can be hard to find in poor neighborhoods. And yet it requires an impossible leap of logic to conclude from these facts that only the rich care about their meals. "Food culture in the United States has long been cast as the property of a privileged class. It is nothing of the kind," wrote Barbara Kingsolver in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She may be right, but for most people—myself included—seeing good food as a luxury product is just the way it is. It has been so deeply embedded in our thinking about our meals that we barely notice it. Tracie McMillan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. Mixing immersive reporting, undercover investigative techniques and "moving first-person narrative" (Wall Street Journal), McMillan's book argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good—a stance that inspired The New York Times to call her "a voice the food world needs" and Rush Limbaugh to single her out as an "overeducated" "authorette" and "threat to liberty."

Type:
Lecture/Speaker
Host:
Biology
Co-host:
Center for Food Studies
Contact:
Erica Christensen

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Event Website:
http://www.american.edu/cas/food/