Big news: The Giving Table is launching a book club this month! It will be a great chance to engage with each other and learn more about the food system. For more information about how to join and all the fine print before you begin, visit the Book Club page.
I'm excited to announce that our first Book Club selection will be The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. It was published this past February and is a current and frightening look into our country's food system.
In the book's description on Amazon, it asks the question: What if you can't afford nine-dollar tomatoes? With this question in tow, "in 2009 McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters."
Since its publication, numerous articles and reviews have followed. A mere glimpse into the book, I was already intrigued and appalled at the conditions in my neighborhood Applebee's. I haven't eaten at an Applebee's in about 10 years, but millions of Americans walk through the doors every year to be served microwaved, pre-made food.