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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracie McMillan Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen T | 1/30/2014

    " Answered some of the questions I have had. Style seems to lack flow, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tuck | 1/27/2014

    " fairly informative book on how americans eat, explaining the infrastructure of distribution, growing, selling, munching. author illustrates (and learns a lot) by working "under cover" at walmart (twice), in the fields of california, picking grapes, sorting peaches, and harvesting/cutting garlic, and at applebees in nyc. one interesting thing, french folks spend about twice the percentage on food a year as usaers, but usaers spend about twice as much as french on healthcare, childcare, education, and transportation. or as walmart says, Save Money.Live Better! good book, lots of info and fairly entertaining stories, a Raj Patel for the middle class Stuffed And Starved: Markets, Power And The Hidden Battle For The World Food System "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed this book because it allowed me to see inside the food industry in America. The author worked picking fruit and vegetables in California, as a produce worker at Walmart in Detroit, and as as a plate checker (my words since I can't remember the term) at Applebees in New York. In each job she tried to live on the wages she made and live in the area where her coworkers lived. Needless to say, this was very difficult. Tracie McMillan's many footnotes gave plenty of details about the American Food Industry, past and present. She convinced me of her premise, that Americans find it difficult to eat healthy, not because they do not want to, but because the food industry and the working class stuggle to make a living make it hard to do so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth Huff | 1/13/2014

    " I feel like I've read a lot of books about food, but this was the first one that followed mostly produce and from the point of view of the workers, instead of just some bystander. The author becomes a farm worker picking vegetables, works produce at Walmart, and then preps meals at Applebee's. She makes friends and learns a little bit of the reality these people live with, you can work around food all day long and yet not make enough or have enough time to really be able to eat good food yourself. I feel very lucky to be able to feed myself well and I only hope the efforts being made today will enable more people to do so in the future, because like water, education, and healthcare, food access should be just as much a right. "

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