Just Food by James E. McWilliams

Just Food by James E. McWilliams

Just FoodTitle: Just Food
Author: James E. McWilliams

Publish Date: 8/26/2009
ISBN: 9780316033749
Pages: 272

We suffer today from food anxiety, bombarded as we are with confusing messages about how to eat an ethical diet. Should we eat locally? Is organic really better for the environment? Can genetically modified foods be good for you?

JUST FOOD does for fresh food what Fast Food Nation (Houghton Mifflin, 2001) did for fast food, challenging conventional views, and cutting through layers of myth and misinformation. For instance, an imported tomato is more energy-efficient than a local greenhouse-grown tomato. And farm-raised freshwater fish may soon be the most sustainable source of protein.

Informative and surprising, JUST FOOD tells us how to decide what to eat, and how our choices can help save the planet and feed the world.

About the Author
James McWilliams is an associate professor of history at Texas State University. He was a fellow at Yale University’s Agrarian Studies Program, and is the author of three previous books. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in Austin, Texas.

My Thoughts
If you care about the food you eat, you have probably heard some of the terms bandied about in this book; Terms like locavore, sustainable agriculture, vegan, ethical food, vegetarian, etc. If you were thinking this is a foodie book, then you’re wrong… but also right. People who love and enjoy food should be more aware of where their food is coming from. If you’re not already, then this book will get you there. If you already have your mind made up about how your eat, where you eat or why, then this may give you additional insight and more issues to ponder.

No, there aren’t any recipes in here. I checked. But there are suggestions on how we may alter our eating habits in order to preserve the earth we have and to maintain it so that it can sustain future generations. To me, it started getting a little preachy and a little gloomy. While I would guess that it is probably a good thing for McWilliams to site so many facts and references, it got a little cumbersome to read through after a while. But that’s just me, mind you. Me whose mind can only focus long enough to get the gist of paperback novels.

If an ethical and greener way of looking at food is a concern to you or something that you would like to learn more about, then this is the book for you.

Thanks to Hachette Books who provided me with a review copy of this book, three of you may also win this book. Here’s your chance…


Contest Duration: October 19 – November 2, 2009

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43 thoughts on “Just Food by James E. McWilliams

  1. I constantly worry about food safety, whats put into it & where it is coming from…with 5 kids & so many recalls out there you worry because you want to feed your kids whats best.

  2. Ahh, one of my favorite topics is food origins!! Read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” at the beginning of the summer and think more about my families food now more then ever!!! Would love to read what Mr McWilliams has to say!

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