Southern Foodways Symposium Lecture: Jiffy to Maseca

Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium • Oct. 14, 2016

Jiffy corn muffin mix is the second-most sold dry grocery item in the U.S. Maseca is used in more than two-thirds of all corn tortillas in Mexico. Yet the food world tends to sneer at them both. By tracing the origin stories of these two iconic corn mixes, I explore how America’s current romance with kitchen labor can edify longstanding inequities of race and gender—and remind us that we live, and eat, in the present.

Full text of my talk can be read here.

Is Healthy Living Only for the Rich?

Zócalo Public Square and The California Wellness Foundation • July 28, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

 

Americans are eating healthier, smoking less, exercising more, and living longer than ever before–but only if they can afford it.  …more…

Obese, Yet Malnourished

Thank You Democracy • March 18, 2015

I enjoyed chiming in with Jefferson Davis for this radio show, Thank You Democracy, out in Portland, OR. You can listen to the whole show here.

Stateside with Cynthia Canty

Michigan Radio • Dec. 8, 2014

When Whole Foods opened in Detroit, there were questions on whether or not the vast majority of Detroit could afford the upscale grocer. Goals were set into place to make the grocer more accessible to the citizens of Detroit. The results, however, have been a mixed bag.

Here, I discuss piece for Slate and FERN, “Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat?” with Michigan Radio’s Cynthia Canty.

HuffPost Live: Can Whole Foods Feed the Poor?

HuffPost Live • Nov. 21, 2014

“Is it Whole Foods’ job to help poor people eat well?” they asked me on HuffPost Live.

“Only when the CEO starts saying it is,” says I.

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Food, Health and Place: Why Equity Matters

James Beard Foundation Food Conference • October 28, 2014

At this year’s James Beard Foundation Food Conference, “Health and Food: Is Better Food a Prescription for a Healthier America?” I had the pleasure of  moderating a panel on Food, Health & Place: Why Equity Matters, with leading experts in food and equity.

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The Secret World of Garlic

Fern Talks & Eats • Oct 3, 2014

Fern Talks & Eats is a party, a performance, and a moveable feast. The centerpiece of the evening is a series of stories told by FERN writers. Like a progressive meal, each story unfolds from a different stage, paired with a thematically related dish specially prepared by an area chef. The dish with McMillan’s talk was garlic soup and garlic grissini, by Chef Mary Cleaver of Cleaver Co.

Study: Food gap worsens between rich and poor

Weekends With Alice Witt, MSNBC •  Sept. 8, 2014

A new study shows the food gap between the rich and the poor has worsened. I joined Alex Witt to discuss on MSNBC Weekend.

The New Faces of Hunger (coverage)

“Word of Mouth,” NHPR – New Hampshire • Aug. 7, 2014
Tracie McMillan is an author and investigative journalist who wrote “The New Face of Hunger,” a feature in National Geographic Magazine.

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America’s New Face of Hunger

The Osgood Files, CBS Radio • Aug. 6, 2014

 

This is Dave Ross, in for Charles Osgood, on the CBS Radio Network.

America doesn’t have a hunger problem. The official term is “food insecurity”.  …more…