“Stupid Foodies Are Really Irritating”

Tracie McMillan and Even Kleiman Discuss the American Way of Eating

Journalist Tracie McMillan’s year-long journey through the most menial jobs in the American food system–picking grapes and garlic in California fields, stocking a Wal-Mart produce section outside Detroit, and working the line at Applebee’s in Brooklyn–began with a rant. She wanted to write about how “stupid foodies are really irritating, and I really think we should talk about food for normal people.”

Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food, who was interviewing McMillan in front of a full house at the Goethe Institut Los Angeles, called McMillan’s new book, The American …

Pass the Microwaved Clam Strips, Please

Are American Eating Habits Really So Bad?


Perhaps a recent Onion headline sums it up best: “Taco Bell’s New Green Menu Takes No Ingredients From Nature.” Americans have never been famous for eating right. We’re unceremonious about …