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MSNBC • March 8, 2012 Rachel Maddow interviews Tracie McMillan about Rush Limbaugh’s attack on The American Way of Eating. Learn more about The Rachel Maddow Show clip here.  

Rush Limbaugh vs. Tracie McMillan: McMillan Wins With The American Way of Eating

Knight Science Journalism at MIT • March 7, 2012

Fresh from his apology for describing Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student as a “slut” who should have sex and “post the videos online so we can all watch,” Rush Limbaugh has now gone after the writer Tracie McMillan and her book, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Wal-Mart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table. The book is the product of a nearly year-long investigative reporting project in which McMillan worked with, lived with, and ate with the working poor.

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The American Way of Eating: The Book Foodies—and Rush Limbaugh—Are Fretting About

Time • March 7, 2012

I’ve often found myself, in this strange time we are living in, wishing I were Norwegian, and never more so than when engaging with the debate over American foodways. There are some unalterable facts about how the U.S. feeds itself today, or, as Tracie McMillan puts it in her fine new book, The American Way of Eating. One is that a lot of people are fat and unhealthy; another is that not enough people have enough nutritious food to eat; and a third is that the first two groups of people are generally to be found among the poor.

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Undercover at Walmart

Making Change at Walmart • March 7, 2012

“What’s it like to work at Walmart?”

I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked this question. At first, my working-class roots got the better of me. I’d smile icily to whatever well-intentioned person had asked the question, and ask earnestly, “Have you ever had a crummy job? It’s like that.

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Here’s The Woman Rush Limbaugh Is Attacking Today; ‘Totally Bizarre,’ She Says

Forbes • March 6, 2012

Say you’re a conservative radio host who’s losing advertisers left and right for saying some deeply misinformed and misogynistic things about the lifestyle of a highly-educated single woman, and now you need to change the conversation. How do you do that? If you’re Rush Limbaugh, you do it by attacking a different woman on the basis of her singleness, youth and education.

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‘The American Way of Eating’: Food, Our Inglorious Food

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • March 4, 2012

From a certain perspective, Americans have never been so obsessed with food. Turn on the TV or pick up a magazine and you can feast on recipes, restaurant reviews, profiles of the latest celebrity chef and hottest new ingredient. One could easily imagine that it’s never been easier or more fun to eat well in our nation.

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Weekend Review Roundup for #AWE: @WashSpec @Oregonian, @HannahWallace, @ChinaMillman

Three reviews went up this weekend, and the two I can access are generous almost to a fault. First up: China Millman at the Pittsburg Post-Gazette apparently felt that Dwight Garner didn’t go far enough. I’m literally speechless after reading her generous review: The American Way of Eating’: Food, our inglorious food Tracie McMillan details, … Read more

Nearly missed this great review from @TastingTable

It’s short, but this review from Tasting Table — a food-world newsfeed based in NYC — is decidedly sweet: A book that gives new meaning to food journalism…along comes Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating ($25; click here to buy)….Her enlightening accounts are mellifluously interwoven with carefully researched data. The result is … Read more

‘The American Way of Eating’ review: Food detective’s take on eating well leaves readers famished for a solution

Portland Oregonian • March 3, 2012

Tracie McMillan grew up on Tuna Helper and Ortega Taco Dinners and was raised to believe that farm-fresh, home-cooked food was for “fancy” people. But a decade ago, while covering the poverty beat for a small New York City magazine, she jettisoned these class assumptions about food. Writing about a program that teaches low-income youth to cook healthy food, she met 18-year-old Vanessa, who loved vegetables and wished she had a farmers market in her neighborhood but was resigned to eating what’s cheap and accessible: Burger King Whoppers and processed food from the supermarket.

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