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The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan

While I already discussed this book on my book review site, I thought it worthy of being on my farm blog too.

Dab of Darkness

Why I Read It: I am perpetually fascinated by industrialized food.

Where I Got It: The library.

Who I Recommend This To: If you enjoyed Michael Pollan‘s  or Morgan Spurlock‘s works, this would be another good book for your shelf.

Publisher: Scribner (2012)

Length: 319 pages.

In this non-fiction account of America’s long-standing love affair with quick and easy food, Tracie McMillan takes us on an unbiased ride through grape fields, store produce departments, and the food assembly lines of sit-down chain restaurants. In each case, she took the time to live alongside those she worked with, struggling on a minimum wage (or less) paycheck.

I enjoyed this book mostly for the look at the migrant workers that are employed to harvest the majority of produce that fills our grocery stores. McMillan spent time harvesting grapes (having to remove the unacceptable ones), garlic harvesting, and peach picking. In…

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