Author of The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
A working-class transplant from rural Michigan, Brooklyn-based writer Tracie McMillan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.
Mixing immersive reporting, undercover investigative techniques, and “moving first-person narrative” (Wall Street Journal), McMillan’s book argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good—a stance that inspired the New York Times to call her “a voice the food world needs” and Rush Limbaugh to single her out as an “overeducated,” an “authorette,” and a threat to freedom. In 2012, Whole Living magazine named her a “Food Visionary,” building on her numerous appearances on radio and television programs, which range from the liberal “The Rachel Maddow Show” to the “Peter Schiff Show,” a tea party favorite. She has reported on food and class for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, National Public Radio, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, Saveur, and Slate. In 2016, she became a staff blogger at “The Plate,” National Geographic's blog covering food issues.