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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.