— Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan) May 4, 2013
The Sidney Hillman Foundation • April 23, 2013
The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced today the winners of the 2013 Hillman Prizes, awarded to journalists whose work highlights important social and economic issues and helps bring about change for the better. Continue reading “Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Hillman Prizes in Journalism”
GoErie.com • March 27, 2013
Awards season is in full bloom in the food world, which means it is time for the International Association of Culinary Professionals to announce the finalists for this year’s cookbook awards, based on new books from 2012. Continue reading “Check out nation’s best cookbooks”
A lovely nod this weekend from the New Yorker’s Daniel Fromson, via his recommended readings:
Theft is also a major theme in “As Common As Dirt,” from last September’s American Prospect, a narrative that is worth revisiting in light of its nomination for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award on Monday. Tracie McMillan, author of the well-received “The American Way of Eating”—a “Nickel and Dimed”-esque account of toiling in a Walmart produce department, an Applebee’s, and the fields of California—returns to the last of these places and introduces readers to the seventy-five-year-old Ignacio Villalobos, who is lovingly sketched down to the plastic bags with which he lines his leaky boots. But it’s McMillan’s willingness to dig into a little-discussed corner of agribusiness, and the straight-talking tone with which she lays out the facts, that makes the piece stand out. The article is about farm-labor contractors, who “give American produce growers what companies like China’s Foxconn offer to Apple: a way to outsource a costly and complicated part of the business”—often at the expense of workers like Mr. Villalobos, who are routinely paid less than what they’ve been promised.
I’m traveling for my fellowship (Istanbul! Pics to come) but wanted to make sure I let everyone know that The American Way of Eating is up for a James Beard Award–as is a feature I wrote on farm labor, “As Common As Dirt,” in The American Prospect In the event that you do not follow the food world, this is a big honor in those parts.
I’ve got enough of a punk in me to still feel conflicted about this; there’s a lot of money and pomp poured into a celebration of the monied and well-connected, and that’s not really my thing.
But here’s what IS cool:
It’s a recognition by somewhat powerful people that there is real value in writing, and thinking, about food as it works in the lives of our poor and working classes. It suggests that maybe, just maybe, there is the inkling of a change in the way we grape with food afoot, And I am all about that.
Many thanks to the endless list of people who’ve supported me in my work. I very literally popular not have done it without you
A very quick note of thanks and appreciation goes out this morning to theNational MS Society, Publisher’s Weekly and all the other folks who make the Books for a Better Life Awards Happen. I would have been happy to walk out of last night’s event with my free wine, snacks and talking to good people — and it’s a surprise and honor to have actually won the “Green” category.
When I first heard about the Books for a Better Life Award, I confess that — as an investigative journalist — I was a little leery; they sounded a bit fluffy. But when I really thought about it, I realized that I’m pretty fully on-board. Continue reading “Here’s why I’m thrilled #AWE became a Book for a Better Life via @MSSociety. Many thx to @RebeccaLitAgent @ScribnerBooks & more”
Expo West 2013 • March 9, 2013
Tracie McMillan delivered the Natural Products Expo West keynote address on March 9, 2013. Click here to see praise for Tracie McMillan and The American Way of Eating, with praise from Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Warren Belasco (President of the Association for the Study of Food and Society) and others. Continue reading “Praise for Tracie McMillan and The American Way of Eating”
International Association of Culinary Professionals • Feb. 27, 2013
NEW YORK, NY – February 27, 2013 – Each year, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) honors the world’s food and culinary thought leaders through their esteemed awards program. Today, IACP announces the finalists for four awards, including their coveted Cookbook Awards. Continue reading “2013 Finalists for the 35th Annual IACP Awards”
New Hope 360 • Feb. 21, 2013
Tracie McMillan showed rare courage as a young journalist delving into the American food system to write The New York Times bestseller The American Way of Eating (Scribner, 2012). Now in paperback, her debut book continues to earn rave reviews and was even referenced in congressional hearings on farm labor practices. Continue reading “Expo West 2013 Keynote: Tracie McMillan’s advice for retailers”
Take Part • Feb. 20, 2013
Tracie McMillan, 2013 Knight-Wallace Fellow and author of The American Way of Eating
“Food stamps gave me hope: That I was going to get through that rough patch; that it was, in fact, a rough patch and not the ret of my life; that even if I was ashamed to ask for help, at least someone -even the government-could provide when I did. In a way, food stamps are like Kick-starter for poor people; they provide proof that you, and your health are worth something. Healthy food was the most important thing I got from SNAP, but the validation was a close second.” Continue reading “How One Vital Food Program Propelled These 17 People to Success”