The journey from farm to the dinner table

“Marketplace,” American Public Media • Feb. 21, 2012

Kai Ryssdal: Not to pry, but what’d you have breakfast? Toast? Yogurt? Fresh fruit, maybe?

By the end of the day, it’s hard to remember, and sometimes hard to worry too much about it. But for a lot of people in this economy, what we eat is way more than a quick bite. It’s a livelihood and a way of life.

Tracie McMillan writes about it in her new book called “The American Way of Eating.” Good to have you with us. Continue reading “The journey from farm to the dinner table”

Growing: Grapes

Edible San Francisco • January 2012

I am out the door at 5:15 and head east toward the dawn, careening over shoulderless two-lane roads crowded with farmworkers. Nobody is at the appointed intersection, so I drive past it to a line of trucks and realize they’re for the workers already in the field to my right: Bulging burlap sacks line up like soldiers, and white orbs litter the ground, nearly glowing in the early light. Onions. I turn around and go back to Panama and Tejon, and this time Pilar is waiting for me. She signals for me to follow her and we drive farther east, pull off the road, and wait. Continue reading “Growing: Grapes”

Welcome: 5DollarDinner is now The American Way of Eating

I’ll be moving content over from my old blog, 5DollarDinner, soon, but welcome to the new blog for Tracie McMillan (that’s me). This is where I’ll be talking about food, class, opportunity and inequity in America—which, as it happens, is the topic of my forthcoming book, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table (Scribner 2012). There’ll be recipes every once in a while, but I’m planning to focus more on my investigative reporting and keeping track of public debate around—of course—food and class in America.