I'm am joining up today with Modern Mrs Darcy and sharing a great book that many of you may not have heard of, The America Way of Eating by Tracie McMillian . I read this book when it first came out and highlighted paragraph after paragraph, adding notes to myself all throughout the book. Being a Dietitian and Mother, and American, I couldn't help but be drawn into Tracie's telling of her three experiences working in the food production and service industry.
|The America Way of Eating by Tracie McMillian|
The book is both educational and tells a good story of the people in America who harvest the fields with less than minimum wage and no benefits, the day to day goings on in a local major big box store and the production and working environment in your local causal chain restaurant. The whole book, she emphasizes that the people she meets and works side by side with are just trying to trying to feed their families. They don't choose lesser quality foods because they of a lack of education or bad habits. They can't afford to make ends meet on their meager wages. There are a distinct lack of places where they can shop for fresh foods - aka "food deserts."
If you are at all interested in the our corporate food chain, the working poor, hunger, food waste, equality and taking care of our neighbors and fellow Americans, you should read this book and consider how our system could serve us better.
Now, here is where I share a little secret. This author also talks a lot about growing up middle class in Michigan, just like me. She spends part of her working experience for the research in Detroit. I've seen the desolate neighborhoods, with only liquor stores -"Party Stores." Lastly, the author and I grew up together in the same little town. I played softball with her twin sisters and studied along with Tracie in French class. I'm not surprised at all that she turned out to be a successful author, you could tell in high school that she was going to do bigger things. So I'm pretty proud to know her and her family. And I'm pretty proud to share this book with you, hope you enjoy.