Reviews

McMillan offers ‘a voice the food world needs’

Press Citizen • Oct. 14, 2013

Good books about food and farms are plentiful these days, and it’s hard to keep up with them all. But every once in awhile, a book comes along that you want to keep, re-read and loan to everyone you know. “The American Way of Eating,” by Tracie McMillan, is one of those. As the reviewer in The New York Times said last year, “This is a voice the food world needs.” …more…

Review: Artful adaptation, solid performances mark ‘The American Way of Eating’ at Theatre UNI

WCF Courier • Oct. 14, 2013

CEDAR FALLS, IA – The energetic, passionate, and artful Theatre UNI production of “The American Way of Eating” will change your thoughts on food forever—and in only an hour.

This original adaptation of Tracie McMillan’s 2012 book of that name by UNI Theatre professor Matthew James Weedman (and his students) opened Thursday in the intimate Bertha Martin Theatre and will run through Sunday, Oct. 20. …more…

Journalist goes undercover to rip the lid off America’s food culture

The Gazette • Oct. 13, 2013

Tracie McMillan remembers sitting in the trailer outside of Bakersfield, Calif., giving herself a pep talk before opening the flimsy door. She’d been told she’d have to chat with others in the trailer park to find work in one of the nearby grape fields. It sounded easy at the time, but reality was different. …more…

The American Way of Eating: Grapes

The Miscellany News • April 9, 2013

For my Intro to Sociology class, I read The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan over spring break. I was expecting another book that detailed the complicated food industry by spewing out random facts and numbers. Instead, I was surprised to see how McMillan managed to describe the process in an overall linear and clear manner, due to her immersion as a worker in the world of food production. …more…

Recent Reads: The American Way of Eating

Hooked on Madelines • March 29, 2013

The focus is on one woman trying to initiate a conversation about how food goes from field to grocery to (restaurant) table. She focused on big companies which have large impacts on Americans as a whole. Personally, I found it frightening to consider how food traditionally makes its way to my dinner table. People who work the fields aren’t given fair wages or medical support for the very physical work. …more…

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

Laura Carroll • March 14, 2013

One word for author Tracie McMillan is “gutsy.” She wanted to uncover truths about how our modern food system works, and what did she do? For about a year she became a food system undercover agent, and looked for answers on-the-ground. …more…

An American Way of Eating

Fit-A-Licious • Jan. 14, 2013

I recently read “The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table” by Tracie McMillan and think it’s a book Fit-a-licious readers would enjoy. …more…

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

New Labor Forum • January/February 2013

This review is for subscribers of New Labor Forum. …more…

Musings on “The American Way of Eating”

Tara Graff Fitness • Dec. 28, 2012

I’ve always been interested in food, food politics, food marketing, and food choices, and with my contest-prep diet, my interest in and passion for good-quality, healthy foods has sported up like so many stalks of GMO corn. …more…

Good food is for everyone

All Things Considered Yummy! • Dec. 19, 2012

I’m currently reading The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. I love food; I love learning about it, growing it, cooking it, experiencing it with friends and family at new restaurants, canning it… you get the idea. My love of food is something simple, something natural, a love that has been around forever. …more…