A crazy year: Tracie McMillan’s 2013 update


Fall and year-end round up for Tracie McMillan, author, The American Way of Eating. Is this email not displaying correctly?

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Check it: Fall highlights, and many thanks, for a crazy year.

new website!

I loved iCompendium, who I would recommend ANY DAY,  but I needed to better-manage all my online text. So: courtsey of the talented folks at ALR Design and Team Eight, check out the new, improved traciemcmillan.com. Need info on my professional work? This is your one-stop shop. I’d love to hear your feedback, so please don’t be shy! You can send me email through the form on the right-hand side of every page. 


BLOG: Highlights 
First things first, check out just how awesome, and crazy, this year has been.

BOOK: Best Food Writing 2013 
My Slate essay Cooking Isn’t Fun has been selected for the Best Food Writing 2013 anthology edited by Holly Hughes. It’s a great anthology with some truly amazing stories!
ARTICLE: Interview with Seth Holmes, Civil Eats
Read my interview with Seth Holmes, author of the stunning Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies,where he talks about migrating from southern Mexico to the north, and then crossing the border—as a tall white guy—with a band of indigenous migrants bound for American farm fields. I’m thrilled that this was a part of the wonderful Civil Eats’ successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000! REVIEW: Michael Pollan’s Cooked:
Read my take on Michael Pollan’s
Cookedand what it says about class privilege.
Forthcoming work with New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and more. Stay tuned!


INTERVIEW: All Things Considered:
What’s the most important thing food labels should tell us? Listen to the All Things Considered for my thoughts on what’s really important.
INTERVIEW: Talk of Iowa on IPR
I had a great time speaking with host of “Talk of Iowa”
 Charity Nebbe about where our food comes from and how we as a country can eat healthier.
RERUN: Splendid Table – One reporter’s lesson from working at Walmart:
“Splendid Table” host Lynne Rossetto Kasper rebroadcast this interview from 2012 about my experience working in the produce department at Walmart. I learned one crucial lesson: Love your produce manager.


Reaching for Higher Ground Keynote, University of Northern Iowa
The American Way of Eating: The Play, Cedar Rapids, IA
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Author Series Keynote, Poudre River Library and University of Colorado, Fort Collins, CO
Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Books and Beer, Washington, DC
Center for Food Studies American University, Washington DC

Farm to Table Reading and Dinner, Maclean and Eakin, Pond Hill Farms – Harbor Springs, MI

Keep up on future talks in Kalamazoo, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.– and more — here.

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my crazy year: Year-End roundup

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the calm after the storm: autumn 2013

I can often be a whiner. But right now I’m feeling silent on that front, because the fall has been pretty amazing. I have had the incredible luck to be overwhelmingly busy with work, including reporting for two features that I’m actually excited about — big news for any freelancer. (Keep your eyes out for my byline, fingers crossed, in the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic.)

But I’ve also been privileged enough to be traveling to talk about The American Way of Eating and why having a frank conversation about food and class is important in today’s America. Here’s a quick recap below, mostly to give a shout out to the wonderful, generous people who’ve been hosting my writerly self all across the country (and generously helping me cover living expenses in the process)!

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#AWE a top summer reading pick

If you’re looking for some summer reading, #AWE got a couple nice shout-outs recently:

Molly at Word, the best little neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, says “it’s a great investigative tale even if you’re not a sucker for The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Salt Sugar Fat.” Feel free to grab a copy of the book and see if you agree!

And Will Budiaman over at The Daily Meal put #AWE in the first slot for “10 Must Read Books for Home Cooks This Summer.” And called it “gritty undercover investigative reporting at its best and most riveting.”

wow: an awesome press photo #that never happens

Delighted to win the Food Politics and Environment category at James Beard Journalism Awards 2013. Photo by JuanCarlos-H.

If you follow my Twitter feed @TMMcMillan, you’ll already know that on May 3, 2013, I was honored to receive the James Beard Journalism Award for Food Politics and the Environment. The irony of swanning around in a party dress with a champagne flute for writing about farm workers sleeping in the field is not lost on me — and neither is the fact that I should enjoy such things when they come my way. Here’s hoping this means that America, in general, is a little more interested in talking about things like farm labor than before!


ECO Iowa City: Book discussion of “An American Way of Eating”

University of Iowa • May 15, 2013

Will Jennings, lecturer with the University of Iowa’s Rhetoric Department and Creative Campus Institute Fellow, will lead a discussion on the book, “The American Way of Eating” by Tracie McMillan. McMillan grew up with a regular diet of processed foods, but through the years became more interested in higher quality foods. Continue reading “ECO Iowa City: Book discussion of “An American Way of Eating””

FERN Wins James Beard Award

Food and Environment Reporting Network • May 6, 2013

We are honored to report that Tracie McMillan’s story on the plight of farmworkers, “As Common As Dirt,” won a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award last week. The story, produced by the Food & Environment Reporting Network in collaboration with The American Prospect, appeared in the magazine’s September 2012 issue. Considered the Pulitzers of the food reporting world, the Beard Award was FERN’s first journalism prize, and also came within our first year of publishing. Continue reading “FERN Wins James Beard Award”