Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics

Eat Drink Vote An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics What s wrong with the US food system Why is half the world starving while the other half battles obesity Who decides our food issues and why can t we do better with labeling safety or school food T

  • Title: Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics
  • Author: Marion Nestle
  • ISBN: 9781609615864
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • What s wrong with the US food system Why is half the world starving while the other half battles obesity Who decides our food issues, and why can t we do better with labeling, safety, or school food These are complex questions that are hard to answer in an engaging way for a broad audience But everybody eats, and food politics affects us all.Marion Nestle, whom MichaelWhat s wrong with the US food system Why is half the world starving while the other half battles obesity Who decides our food issues, and why can t we do better with labeling, safety, or school food These are complex questions that are hard to answer in an engaging way for a broad audience But everybody eats, and food politics affects us all.Marion Nestle, whom Michael Pollan ranked as the 2 most powerful foodie in America after Michelle Obama in Forbes, has always used cartoons in her public presentations to communicate how politics shaped by government, corporate marketing, economics, and geography influences food choice Cartoons do than entertain the best get right to the core of complicated concepts and powerfully convey what might otherwise take pages to explain.In Eat Drink Vote, Nestle teams up with The Cartoonist Group syndicate to present than 250 of her favorite cartoons on issues ranging from dietary advice to genetic engineering to childhood obesity Using the cartoons as illustration and commentary, she engagingly summarizes some of today s most pressing issues in food politics While encouraging readers to vote with their forks for healthier diets, this book insists that it s also necessary to vote with votes to make it easier for everyone to make healthier dietary choices.

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    1. EAT DRINK VOTE: AN ILLUSTRATED GUID TO FOOD POLITICS is an awesome book. I love the format-- getting info to people via cartoons. Keeps the audience reading and laughing at the same time. Even if you hate the politics of Big Agriculture & Big Food Corporations, you will love this book. It simplifies some of the most important issues surrounding what we eat in America (& the world), how our food is grown (& drenched in pesticides), how the media influences (brainwashes) us re food cho [...]

    2. Eat Drink Vote is a great way to get started to understanding what is happening in America regarding the politics of food. This book was super engaging for two key reasons. First, Marion Nestle did a great job at taking information and research and sharing in small digestible (no pun intended)chunks. Before reading this book I was aware that food was big business in America, but I did not comprehend the full impact of the food lobby, manufacturers, and the government in the choices we make every [...]

    3. I wanted to read this because I so thoroughly enjoyed Nestle's previous book, What to Eat. She has a wonderful way of cutting through the tangled mess that our food system has become, and distilling masses of information (and misinformation) down to what matters to our personal and public health. When I saw that this was an illustrated guide, I assumed that there would be charts and graphs, maybe some food-related advertisements to demonstrate how dishonest and confusing food marketing has becom [...]

    4. Usually when I read a book I learn something from it but from this book I learned nothing.And, usually I never give books 1 star.Back of Book:"While encouraging you to vote with your fork for a healthier diet, this book insists that you should vote with your vote to make better and more sustainable food choices available, accessible and affordable for everyone." (Back of book)Nestle never encourages you to vote at all; she talks about lobbyists buying politicians. So what is the point of voting [...]

    5. I just wish it could be longer. I was enjoying it so much, it was sad when I reached the end. The brilliant cartoons really do make it easier to become more involved in the food politics topics the book touches.

    6. I was very happy when I won Eat Drink Vote through . The book is an easy read of a multi-faceted and complicated subject of great interest, with many opinions and controversies; and the interweaved cartoons make for a thoughtful support for the author’s views to demonstrate the broad scope. The short but clear essay format delivers on many levels and gives structure to this intricate topic and sets a great stage for discussion. This textbook quality in its approach also gives the reader the am [...]

    7. I enjoyed the cartoons and the book when it was behaving like the cartoons - highlighting, exposing issues through humor, but not preaching. The first part is interesting: how the book came to be, the process (brief though the description was) of cartoon selection and incorporation, and then some details on where 'food went wrong' in the U.S. There wasn't just one incident, but a series that led us down a rather dark path of super-sizing our portions and ourselves. That, fairly suddenly, there w [...]

    8. I really wanted to love this book - it's right in line with so much of what I've been reading - but I think the lack of specific focus (within the sphere of food politics) led to a very diffuse idea. Beyond 'food is political (and people make cartoons about it)' there seems to be little to grasp. Where issues are very contentious, the author's position is frequently undermined by essentially equal airtime for falsely equivalent positions, or she frames entire subjects as mostly down to prioritie [...]

    9. If you've ever watched any of Marion Nestle's (like curling up in a fluffy bed, not like the food company) talks you already know she's a smart academic with a sense of humor and a broad understanding of the issues at work in our food culture. If you've read any of her other books, it's likely you know the intelligence and the breadth of the issues she's passionate about. This book finally brings her humor to print through the means of one of her favorite mediums. The result is partially a thous [...]

    10. I received an e-copy of this book through NetGalley. This was a quick, fun read, and I enjoyed it. It reminded me of what I'd learned in Nestle's other books, and how important it is to care about our food system-- and not just to vote with our forks, but to vote with our votes! While I'd forgotten some of these tenets temporarily, Nestle was there to remind me again.However, I sometimes wondered if the audience might be limited to only people who have read Nestle's prior work-- the answer to th [...]

    11. As an intro book? Good. If you have any prior knowledge on this topic? Don't bother, you'll just wish for more.This is a good intro book if you don't know much about nutrition or any of the controversies regarding marketing, federal regulations, and the obesity epidemic. If your sources of information on these topics are The Biggest Loser and Cosmo, you will probably enjoy the lighthearted cartoons and writing style while learning a bit more about some of the biggest nutrition-related issues.If [...]

    12. I was thrilled to be chosen to receive a copy of this book through GoodReads. I took my time reading it because it was really easy to pick up for a bit and jump back into after a few days. The format was enjoyable and the book provided much information about our food system. I am glad to own this book as I think it will be nice title to have available for family and friends that visit. Kudos to Marion Nestle for taking a subject that is written about often and creating a unique way to present th [...]

    13. The book is an alright introduction to food politics.Format is interesting, the cartoons seem to not favor one political side or the other. A few are slightly off topic.Her bit about organic foods and a few other issues is presented in such a biased manner it's laughable. (Bordering on sounding like a Food Babe devotee in a few chapters)It's overall a decent starting point though. I'd recommend researching each of the issues more thoroughly to see what arguments pro/con are out there rather than [...]

    14. Received this through the Giveaways and I have to say, this was great. The issue I always had with these "food politics" books was their preachiness and tendency to be extremely partisan. This book doesn't do that. I understood each point Nestle was making and saw that she showed both sides of the arguments in food politics without hinting which one they believe in. The cartoons itself were nice and will help people who need visuals to illustrate a point.

    15. About the politics of food supply and nutrition in the U.S this book is at least half political cartoons with fairly minimal text. Better to read it in small doses because while many of the comics are funny, the format becomes a little tiresome. I liked it reasonably well, but it’s definitely not Marion Nestle’s best.

    16. Simple text accompanies LOTS of food-related cartoons, at least one per page. As a fan of the comics pages I really enjoyed the sharp creativity of these cartoons, many from favorites such as Frank & Ernest.

    17. If you've read any of Marion Nestle's other books, the only thing you're going to learn from this one is that she's got a sense of humour. The cartoons are amusing, but the book is nonetheless fairly unsatisfying.

    18. B+ Quick read, full of easy to understand and interesting text abt the BS food politics in the country, with great cartoons to illustrate what's realy happening. A must for anyone concerned with food politics.

    19. A very broad overview of all the major food issues. A decent introduction with a twist (cartoons). My only complaint: light on sources/suggested reading. For more meat (ha!), spend some time reading Mark Bittman's stuff or go purchase a few Michael Pollan books.

    20. You can read the review on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian.Click (or copy and paste in your browser) the link: itinerantlibrarian/2013/

    21. Barely an introduction to "food politics". Reads like it was structured around the cartoons. I would recommend reading three author's other works for real, useful information.

    22. An entertaining way to jump into the politics of food, with great use of cartoons. Not deep, but an excellent introduction.

    23. Read the cartoons, skipped the literature portion. This book may be really good; might need to read it later.

    24. Meh. This is a food politics book for kids-or anyone that has a very basic understanding of food policy in America. Definitely a quick, accessible and entertaining read.

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