The Serious Side of Food

With texts selected by noted restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton, this series will explore an aspect of our culture that often gets taken for granted: food. Food provides both nourishment and pleasure, of course, but under the surface of each meal lies a series of complex interactions and entanglements. Working with histories, novels, and journalism, this series exposes some of the issues that lie on our plates.

Texts include historical accounts, novels, and narrative nonfiction. Project scholar Mimi Sheraton provides an introductory essay that contextualizes the topics and themes of the series. The essay can be downloaded here.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair


Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle

Diet for A Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

The Road to Wellville by T. Coraghessan Boyle


Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrution Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us by Matt Fitzgerald


The Third Plate by Dan Barber


Sample Syllabus & Resources Forthcoming.