Review: Book Page (May 2024 starred review)

By Catherine Hollis Acclaimed journalist Tracie McMillan’s muckraking, experiential methods have earned her prizes, acclaim and the special animosity of Rush Limbaugh, a sure sign of the power of her investigative work. With The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America (Holt, $32.99, 9781250619426), McMillan offers a powerful and necessary … Read more

Review: Kirkus Reviews

From the review: “A penetrating look at the material advantages of racial privilege….[and] a well-researched, disquieting examination of inequality.”

Review: Booklist

From the review, by Jenny Hamilton: McMillan’s (The American Way of Eating, 2012) family, like many white families, long told a tale of their own history that relied heavily on thrift, good sense, and self-determination. Race did not feature. In The White Bonus, McMillan uncovers the myriad ways in which she and her family benefited … Read more

McMillan offers ‘a voice the food world needs’

By Susan Futrell in 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,” … Read 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nice nod from the New Yorker

A lovely nod this weekend from the New Yorker’s Daniel Fromson, via his recommended readings: Theft is also a major theme in “As Common As Dirt,” from last September’s American Prospect, a narrative that is worth revisiting in light of its nomination for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award on Monday. Tracie McMillan, author of … Read more

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