Eat Drink Vote Paperback – 3 Sep 2013
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About the Author
Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat. She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs daily at FoodPolitics.com. She lives in New York City. The Cartoonist Group licenses the work of more 50 leading cartoonists to Web sites, newsletters, magazines, and books, including nine Pulitzer Prize winners.
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My favorite cartoon pictures the new official American place setting: napkin, fork, knife, plate, and shovel. How elegantly eloquent.
The best quote is attributed to Tommy Thompson, as he resigned as Secretary of Health and Human Services: "I for the life of me cannot understand why terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do." That was in 2004. Nothing has changed since.
The message that she gives the most play to is that eating less is bad for business. Everything the corporate food complex does is aimed at getting us to eat more, and more often. We now eat all day long, in meetings, in breaks, in front of the tv - anywhere, any time. That is dramatically different than any other period in history, and it is making a difference - in profits, in obesity, and in healthcare.
Marion Nestle hits all the hot button issues in one entertaining package. It's an excellent primer on the state of the nation's approach to food. It's a message that needs to be spread wider.
But while we get a thorough treatment of Eat and Drink, Vote remains unexplored....