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The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan
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Apr 28, 12

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

Disclaimer: I read this book because I know the author socially although I've never read her work before.

I was impressed! Tracie's got balls. The fact that she repeatedly put herself into situations where she was alone, possibly unsafe, ignorant, language-impaired, conspicuous, and unskilled is very compelling to me. Maybe that willingness goes along with being a journalist and is required to do this type of investigative work.

Also, it reads very well -- it's very narrative. I don't mean it's plot-driven, it's just a very experiential read that is also full of good reporting, facts and figures.

Perhaps my complaint is that the conclusion left me flat. Tracie and I probably share the same politics, but her analysis of what is needed to change the food world across place and class strikes me as simplistic.

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