A review by sighb0rg
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, by Tracie McMillan
"The American Way of Eating," was a welcome change from the myriad of other books and films currently out regarding the state of our food in the US. At times humorous and light-hearted, McMillan provides readers with what I am coming to understand may be a rare glimpse into the work behind how we all get our food in this country. Maybe because I have worked in the restaurant industry all my life, grown and picked my own food, and worked at food banks and farmer's markets, my views are slightly skewed in this area. Regardless, I enjoyed reading about the movements and changes happening in Detroit, learning how garlic is harvested, and seeing how so many people also are struggling to put healthy food on their table and in their mouths. While McMillan offers no concrete strategies of her own based on her experiences, there are glimmers of hope in the determination of the people she works alongside and those she meets on her journey.