About the author…

A working-class transplant from rural Michigan, Brooklyn-based writer Tracie McMillan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. Mixing immersive reporting, undercover investigative techniques and “moving first-person narrative” (Wall Street Journal), McMillan’s book argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good—a stance that inspired The New York Times to call her “a voice the food world needs” and Rush Limbaugh to single her out as an “overeducated” “authorette” and “threat to liberty.” In 2012, Whole Living magazine named her a “Food Visionary,” building on her numerous appearances on radio and television programs, which range from the liberal “The Rachel Maddow Show” to the “tea-party favorite” Peter Schiff Show. She has written about food and class for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Saveur, and Slate.

In 2013, The American Way of Eating was awarded the prestigious Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism in recognition of her work’s commitment to the public interest, and a Books for a Better Life Award, a publishing industry touchstone which recognizes excellence in books that carry uplifting messages. AWE was also named a finalist for a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award; an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Matters award; an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award; and a James Beard Journalism Award (considered “the Oscars of the food world”).

The same year, McMillan won a James Beard Journalism Award as for a feature on farm labor she wrote for The American Prospect.

McMillan moved into writing about food after a successful stint as a poverty and welfare reporter while working as the managing editor of the award-winning magazine City Limits in New York City. While there, she won recognition from organizations ranging from the James Beard Foundation to World Hunger Year. In 2013, she was named a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, a year after she was named a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Visit her at TracieMcMillan.com or follow her at @TMMcMillan.

4 Responses to “About the author…”

  1. mira goes to market April 4, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    Dear Tracie
    The American Way of Eating is one of the most interesting and well thought out blogs on wordpress. More should be read and written about both local and global food issues. So, little old me would like to nominate it for the Versatile Bloggers Award
    Keep up the great work.

  2. Jennifer @ Little Blog in the Big Woods July 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Throughly enjoying your book right now. I love the voice you bring to this issue. So many, including myself at times, that think that poor in this country are just lazy and need to get off the couch and work. What we don’t realize is that many poor are working poor. I also thank you for bringing more light to the current state of eating in America. Our country, our world will be a better place if people eat more mindfully.

  3. Pilgrim July 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Nearly finished this very interesting book. Got it from the library, after a wait because other people were signed up to reserve it.


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