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Food Matters explores central questions around the seemingly simple topic of food: what is food, exactly? Do we eat for sustenance, for health, for pleasure? Where does our food come from, and why should we care? What does it mean to eat ethically? Readings by a range of essayists, scientists, health researchers, philosophers, reporters, artists, and ordinary citizens take up these questions and more. Questions after each reading provide a range of activities for students. The Web site for the Spotlight Series offers comprehensive instructor support with sample syllabi and additional teaching resources. The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series is an exciting new line of single-theme readers, each featuring Bedford’s trademark care and quality. The readers in the series collect carefully chosen readings sufficient for an entire writing course—about 30 selections—to allow instructors to provide carefully developed, high-quality instruction at an affordable price. Bedford Spotlight Readers are designed to help students make inquiries from multiple perspectives, opening up topics such as money, food, sustainability, and gender to critical analysis. The readers are flexibly arranged in thematic chapters, each focusing in depth on a different facet of the central topic. An Editorial Board of more than dozen compositionists at schools focusing on specific themes have assisted in the development of the series.
Holly Bauer (PhD University of California, San Diego) worked as a journalist before she began teaching college composition. Currently, she teaches academic writing at the University of California, San Diego and serves as the assistant director of UCSD’s Warren College Writing Program. She has taught writing for more than 20 years at various segments of public education in California, including high school, community college, and state university institutions. She is long-time teaching consultant for the San Diego Area Writing Project and is involved in several programs aimed at fostering meaningful cross-institutional partnerships with high school, community college, and university writing instructors. Her academic essays have been published in South Atlantic Quarterly and Writing on the Edge, and she is a frequent presenter at professional conferences.
Table of Contents
1. What Is Food?Michael Pollan, Eat Food: Food DefinedEric Schlosser, Why the Fries Taste So GoodJill McCorkle, Her Chee-to HeartCamille Kingsolver, Taking Local On the RoadLily Wong, Eating the HyphenAmy Cyrex Sins, Doberge Cake after KatrinaJordan Shapiro, The Eco-Gastronomic Mirror: Narcissism and Death at the Dinner Table2. What Is The Purpose of Food? Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of EatingMarion Nestle, Eating Made SimpleBryant Terry, Reclaiming True GritsMasanobu Fukuoka, Living by Bread AlonePeter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, What the World EatsErica Strauss, Zombies vs. The Joy of Canning Idov, Michael. When Did Young People Start Spending 25% of Their Paychecks on Pickled Lamb’s Tongues? 3. What Determines What We Eat?United States Department of Agriculture, Food Pyramid and Food Plate Nutritional Guidelines Michelle Obama, Michelle. Excerpt from American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across AmericaBrian Wansink and Collin R. Payne, The Joy of Cooking Too Much: 70 Years of Calorie Increases in Classic RecipesJames Surowiecki, Downsizing Supersize Dhruv Khullar, Why Shame Won’t Stop ObesityDonald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Monsanto’s Harvest of FearVandana Shiva, Soy Imperialism and the Destruction of Local Food CulturesGary Paul Nabhan, A Brief History of Cross-Border Food Trade4. What Does It Mean to Eat Ethically?Margaret Mead, The Changing Significance of Food Peter Singer, Equality for AnimalsBarbara Kingsolver, You Can’t Run Away on Harvest DayGary Steiner, Animal, Vegetable, MiserableBill McKibben, The Only Way to Have a CowBlake Hurst, The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectualsSally Kohn, Do Foodies Care about Workers?5. What Is The Future of Food? Prince Charles of Wales, On the Future of FoodDavid Biello, Will Organic Food Fail to Feed the World?Eliot Coleman, Beyond OrganicRobert Paarlberg, Attention Whole Foods ShoppersFrances Moore Lappé, Biotechnology Isn’t the Key to Feeding the WorldNatasha Bowens, Brightening Up the Dark Farming History of the Sunshine StateJennifer Cockrall-King, Chicago: The Vertical Farm