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SO EXCITING! MT @hels: After 4 amazing y

15 Jul

SO EXCITING! MT @hels: After 4 amazing years at Saveur, I’m leaving to go to @Eater.

Stunning, honest. READ IT: I drove my Me

9 Jul

Stunning, honest. READ IT: I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps @washingtonpost @Parentwin

The passing of @CharityHicksDet is a tra

9 Jul

The passing of @CharityHicksDet is a tragic loss—for Detroit and beyond. Help bring her home.

Some great news: #AWE is up for a James Beard

21 Mar

I’m traveling for my fellowship (Istanbul! Pics to come) but wanted to make sure I let everyone know that The American Way of Eating is up for a James Beard Award–as is a feature I wrote on farm labor, “As Common As Dirt,” in The American Prospect In the event that you do not follow the food world, this is a big honor in those parts.

I’ve got enough of a punk in me to still feel conflicted about this; there’s a lot of money and pomp poured into a celebration of the monied and well-connected, and that’s not really my thing.

But here’s what IS cool:
It’s a recognition by somewhat powerful people that there is real value in writing, and thinking, about food as it works in the lives of our poor and working classes. It suggests that maybe, just maybe, there is the inkling of a change in the way we grape with food afoot, And I am all about that.

Many thanks to the endless list of people who’ve supported me in my work. I very literally popular not have done it without you.

Great piece from @tomphilpott at @MotherJones on heartland states replacing grassland with cash crops.

22 Feb

Build web skills and professional contacts with leading food journalist

18 Jan

Position: Web intern
Commitment: 5-10 hours a week, 3-4 months

Tracie McMillan, an award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, seeks a web intern for work on This is a great opportunity to build a relationship with a professional author; refine your web skills; and begin building a network among the country’s leading food journalists.

The intern will work closely with Tracie and her web team in handling web-related tasks for her website, including formatting and posting articles, categorizing posts, and ensuring website QA. A good understanding of basic HTML, standard web practices, and WordPress is preferred. The ideal candidate will be an ambitious undergraduate student with an interest in food journalism and a background in web. Additional tasks and responsibility available as ability is proven.

The intern will work a minimum of 5 hours a week with a commitment of 3 to 4 months. The internship is unpaid. Work will be done remotely with occasional in-person meetings and weekly phone meetings. The ideal intern will live in New York, where the web editor is based; candidates in Michigan will also be given preference.

In person interviews with Tracie can be scheduled Friday January 25th or Monday January 28th; otherwise, Skype will suffice. Interested candidates should send a résumé and brief cover letter describing your interest, any prior web or journalism experience, and interview availability to traciemcmillanlist [at] gmail [dot] com ASAP. We hope to make a hire by the end of January so preference will be given to candidates submitting material before January 23.

About Tracie

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.

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