The American Way of Eating

I had my first post on the Sojourner’s ‘God’s Politics’ blog–a review of Tracie McMillan’s American Way of Eating.

Here’s an excerpt, but you can click through to read it all here.

I love great food. Last night, I made fresh linguini with organic whole wheat flour and local, free-range eggs, and topped them with from-scratch meatballs made with organic beef, fresh parsley from my garden, fresh Parmesan–you get the idea. And in a few days, I’ll be celebrating a special occasion at one of the finest restaurants in the Northeast, where the produce is local and seasonal and sustainable and where the experience of eating is a little like visiting a museum of fine arts where you get to taste all the masterpieces. Yesterday, I planted the first spring vegetables in my garden. I’m a member of Slow Food USA, for cryin’ out loud.

I’m just waiting for the James Beard foundation to give me a badge for being such a morally superior eater.

Except I’m not.

(Read the rest here! And leave a comment, if you’re so inclined.)

One thought on “The American Way of Eating

  1. [Great article, Rachel. I tried to leave a comment there but it insisted I sign into facebook first and I don’t have a facebook account so that wasn’t going to happen! Anyway, here’s what I would have left in a comment there if they had let me.]

    Rachel, thanks for writing about this so powerfully.

    I live where fresh produce is not only abundant and various, but it is also the best I’ve ever had. For people around here this is a constant topic of conversation, how wonderful it is to live where food is this delicious. Many of us have lived in other regions, so there is a lot to compare it to.

    That said, I think people here, myself included, can still take it for granted. We don’t stop to think about folks who do not have this type of access to good food. We don’t stop to consider even those in our towns who are undernourished. It’s rare that I see that part of their lives, even though I come into contact with them at work all the time.

    You’re right, the difference between the one group of people and the other is not that one has a desire to eat well and the other doesn’t. It is that sometimes the restrictions on us can be so subtle that they are invisible to those who don’t share those same restrictions. Prisons are all around us, and malnourishment is one set of bars.


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