T. McMillan Feb 2014 Update: NYC, Philly and More


 Check out my upcoming talks in Philly and NYC; hear about my new professorship at Wesleyan, and hear about my favorite new journalistic projects!

Feb 2014: Talks in NYC and Philly; teaching at Wesleyan and more!



February 2014

new title: Professor

I’m thrilled to announce that I just started the semester as a Koeppel Journalism Fellow at Wesleyan University. I’ll be teaching in their wonderful Writing Certificate Program, working with students in my course, Writing (And Arguing) About Inequality: How to Make Your Case. Send me any advice you may have — and let me know if you’re in Middletown or New Haven on a Tuesday this winter/spring!

public talks: February

Feb. 10 [Mon]: New York City

Midtown Manhattan Library • 455 Fifth Avenue
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The lovely Midtown Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library will be hosting a talk with me about The American Way of Eating — and some updates on food in NYC. Come out and say hi if you’re in town!

Feb. 20, 2014 [Thurs]: Philadelphia

Temple University • 1210 Polett Walk
Paley Library Lecture Hall
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Temple University’s got food on its mind: I’ll be speaking as the guest of both the Temple University Libraries and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History as part of the latter’s What is Your Food Worth event series.

read this: new book & mag

Read This: The Meat Racket

Ever wonder how we ended up with chickens too big-breasted to stand and hog-poop lagoons threatening whole
towns? Christopher Leonard’s fabulous The Meat Racket:The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business is an
incisive history of how America’s meat went industrial.
Pick it up starting February 18.

Read This: The California Sunday Magazine

Great news for anyone looking for smart, innovative and powerful journalism: Doug McGray of the genre-transforming Pop Up Magazine is launching a Sunday mag for the west coast. I’m so excited to read the first issue; it should hit your tablet, phone and—in California—your local newsstand later this year.

upcoming: future events

March 5
“Reading Together” series
Kalamazoo Public Library; Kalamazoo, Michigan

April 3
Ellen Gstalder Memorial Lecture
Georgetown University; Washington, D.C.

July 1
Lecture with Amy Toensing
Chautauqua Institute; Chautauqua, NY

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A crazy year: Tracie McMillan’s 2013 update


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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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What does Apple’s Foxconn have in common with U.S. Farms? My latest piece — and other recent work.


Tracie McMillan’s latest work: Sept. 2012
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Great new work + Major Impact

The Latest: Feature in The American Prospect
Foxconn is to Apple as _____ is to American farms. Fill in the blanks w/ @TMMcMillan latest for @FERNnews & @theprospect http://ow.ly/dCZK8As Common As Dirt
In the fields of California, wage theft
is how business gets done

October 2012

Recent Work

Column for Slate:
Cooking Isn’t Fun, But you should do it anyway.
August 27, 2012Column on CNN.com’s Eatocracy:

POLITICAL IMPACTCongressional Quarterly Researcher
Farm Bill Report

Uses my work to frame discussion of food
and agriculture in America
August 10, 2012


UC-San Diego
Sociology of Food
Fall 2012
200 students

University of Mississippi – Oxford
Center for Writing and Rhetoric
Winter 2012
400-500 students

Wisconsin Public Radio
August 30, 2012
6 am
Joy Cardin Show: Cooking can be annoying, but do it anyway.

NPR’s The Splendid Table
August 25, 2012
The American Way of EatingMonadnock Lyceum address
July 28, 2012
Rethinking Food Politics in America: From Farmer’s Markets to Walmart


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2 quick pieces: Food and Class/Horrid Hamburgers


2 quick piece: Food’s Class Warfare / Horrid Hamburgers
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Happy (early) 4th of July!
It’s been a busy spring, what with
The American Way of Eating selling nicely,
yours truly getting the honor of a Knight-Wallace Fellowship
at the University of Michigan, and even a few assignments
coming in over the transom. Check them out, and
let me know what you think! My latest for Slate:
Food’s Class Warfare:
Do poor people eat badly because of limited options or personal preference?

(800 comments and counting!)
The Sunday cover for the Washington Post’s Opinion section
this past week,
Why Your Hamburger Hates America

Would love to hear folks’ thoughts, either directly or — better yet — in the comments section.And if you’re so inclined, retweets are much-appreciated:

Check out “Food’s Class Warfare,” @TMMcMillan latest for @Slate and @FutureTense http://ow.ly/bRK3Q
Hey, Happy July 4th. By the way: Your hamburger hates America: wapo.st/LK4oPA @TMMcMillan makes her @PostOutlook debut!
More new work coming soon, and hope you’re all having a great start to summer!*Please excuse any duplicates — I”m re-booting my email list and the like, so I suspect I’ll miss some of the overlap…

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Check it out (and RT!): Check out “Food’s Class Warfare,” my latest for @Slate and @FutureTense ow.ly/bRK3Q


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Check it out: Food’s Class Warfare

Check out my latest for Slate: Food’s Class Warfare: Do poor people eat badly because of limited options or personal preference?Would love to hear folks’ thoughts, either directly or — better yet — in the comments section.

And if you’re so inclined, a retweet would be much-appreciated:

Check out “Food’s Class Warfare,” @TMMcMillan latest for @Slate and @FutureTense http://ow.ly/bRK3Q

More new work coming soon, and hope you’re all having a great start to summer!

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Join Tracie McMillan @ Brooklyn Food Conference this Sat; Chicago and NYC later in May


Tracie McMillan This Saturday @ Brooklyn Food Conference
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AWEsome Book Tour March 26 - April 5 Philly, Boston, SE Michigan

Brooklyn Food Conference
Plenary @ 9:30 a.m.
Workshop @ 12:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Tech High School
(DeKalb and South Elliott Place)

After Party
6- 9 p.m.

70 South Elliott Place
Sponsored by
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality

An Evening With Tracie McMillan

7 – 9 p.m.
Northwestern University
Harris 107
1881 Sheridan Road – Evanston, IL

Sponsored by Northwestern Community Development Corps.

How Would Julia Child Vote on the Farm Bill?
Eddie Gehman Kohan
Ginevra Iverson
NYC Restaurant Chef
Tracie McMillan
Author, The American Way of Eating
Marion Nestle
Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health at NYU
Adam Rapoport
Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appétit

Moderated by Clark Wolf

Future Events

W.K. Kellogg Food and Community Conference in Asheville, NC (May 23-24);  Book Court and Slow Food NYC (June 4) in BrooklynJames Beard House (June 6), in NYC; Monadnock Lyceum, New Hampshire (July 23); and more

Want to bring me to speak?
Get in touch here.

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Upcoming Tour Dates – American Way of Eating/Tracie McMillan


The American Way of Eating about to hit: Philly, Boston, Detroit. Coming soon to D.C and L.A.
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AWEsome Book Tour March 26 - April 5 Philly, Boston, SE Michigan

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
2816 W. Girard Avenue – Brewerytown
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
3601 Walnut Street – West Philly

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
928 Commonwealth Avenue – SHA Auditorium3/29: MIT FOOD BOOTCAMP
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(Private event)

6 – 8:00 p.m.
1116 N. Saginaw Street, Holly, MI
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Campus: 4901 Evergreen Road
Event: 1030 College of Arts, Science and Letters (off Richard Drive)

6 –  7:30 p.m.
311 West Grand Blvd., Detroit

Future Events

Detroit and southeast Michigan; Washington, D.C. TEDMed Conference and American University; Los Angeles, CA; Harvard University in Cambridge, MA; and W.K. Kellogg Food and Community Conference in Asheville, NC; Fales Library and James Beard House in NYC; Monadnock, New Hampshire; and more

Want to bring me to speak?
Get in touch here.

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Nice meeting you @ JustFood!


It was great to meet you at Just Food’s 2012 Conference. Here’s how to keep up on me, Tracie McMillan, my work and speaking events for The American Way of Eating.

A quick note from Tracie McMillan…
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
Thank you so much for your interest in my work. I hope it’s because you, like the New York Times, think I am “a voice the food world needs,” not because you got confused and think that this is a diet plan.
This is just a quick welcome email to let you know I’ve added you to my email list, and a quick explanation of what I use the list for.

(1) Why am I on this list?

This is the basic news and events email list for journalist and author Tracie McMillan. I wrote The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table (Scribner 2012). I have gotten it into my head that you WANT to get these emails, most likely because you gave me your email address in some way, shape or form. If I am wrong about that, please accept my apologies and click ‘unsubscribe’ below.

(2) What is this list?

I’m Tracie McMillan, an independent author and journalist. I’ll be using this email list to let people know when new feature articles come out; anything big happens with the book, and when I have speaking engagements coming up.  I use this less than Twitter and Facebook, so if you want to know about nearly all appearances and published work, you should follow me @TMMcMillan, on Facebook or at my blog.

(3) Can I get more info?

Of course. Speaking gigs are tracked on my public events calendar, and there’s the full complement listed in #2: website, Twitter, Facebook and Blog. Have your pick.

(4) How can I help?

Great question, thanks for asking.

  1. Review The American Way of Eating on Amazon.If you’ve read my book and liked it, I would be thrilled if you could take 5 minutes and write a tiny review. This is actually hugely helpful for new authors. But if I may: Listen to what your mother told you, and if you can’t say anything nice, I’d rather you didn’t say anything at all.
  2. Intern. Admin and research help: I’m swamped but always interested in hearing from folks who like my work and want to help out. If you think the title “unpaid intern” sounds glamorous and exciting (instead of exploitative and depressing), please show some initiative, email me through my website, and let’s talk. I can’t promise I”ll get back to you quickly, but it’s worth a shot.
  3. Spread the word about The American Way of Eating. I can’t emphasize this enough. While I”ve gotten a few nice reviews, some have been horrible, and the way a little-ish book like mine will have an impact is if through word-of-mouth. If you like my book, convince friends and colleagues to buy and read it, too.

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