The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan

| July 12, 2012

Did you know that the average household income of Applebee’s customers is $50,000? Eating out there can add up to a big percentage of income.

The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan, Source: Amazon

Writer Tracie McMillan does as the title suggests – goes undercover working in grape fields, working as a stocker at Walmart, and an expeditor at Applebee’s to better understand how food actually gets picked, sold, and processed. She readily admits to her relief that her stints were short-term. While there is no real discussion or strong opinions made about solutions or policy changes, it is an interesting account of one woman’s observations into a world that separates her by race, class, and the dining table.

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