Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics: With Selections from the Vaults of the Cartoonist Group (Anglais) Broché – 3 septembre 2013
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My favorite cartoon pictures the new official American place setting: napkin, fork, knife, plate, and shovel. How elegantly eloquent.
The best quote is attributed to Tommy Thompson, as he resigned as Secretary of Health and Human Services: "I for the life of me cannot understand why terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do." That was in 2004. Nothing has changed since.
The message that she gives the most play to is that eating less is bad for business. Everything the corporate food complex does is aimed at getting us to eat more, and more often. We now eat all day long, in meetings, in breaks, in front of the tv - anywhere, any time. That is dramatically different than any other period in history, and it is making a difference - in profits, in obesity, and in healthcare.
Marion Nestle hits all the hot button issues in one entertaining package. It's an excellent primer on the state of the nation's approach to food. It's a message that needs to be spread wider.
But while we get a thorough treatment of Eat and Drink, Vote remains unexplored....
Finally, I must chastise Dr. Nestle for her first page diatribe about tomato paste, a topic which flares my nostrils as a scientist father of 4. Scientific argument would say Dr. Nestle should have fought for an amount of tomato paste equal to a single tomato. Their extreme of 4oz. was met and lost to the pizza slice because they were not prepared with the science [1 tomato = 1.5 oz. tomato paste] or the food's [the beloved pizza] importance to the school diet.
I have many positives about this book and I believe this cartoon editorial concept should be used by others whenever a complicated topic, which often attracts national attention is presented. For the general public, this format is clearer than the typical 200-400 page multi-redundant cries for justice and world correction and appreciates the power that a-picture-is-worth-a- thousand-words editorial punch of the world's great cartoonists. I'd be willing to bet this format in middle school and higher education would do wonders for topic clarity and communication skill development.
This book was the perfect way of easing myself into the roiling waters of food politics. Nestle is a highly respected writer, and placing her words among cartoons not only made a serious topic easier to digest (um. really, no pun intended), but also visually brought home some of her points with more impact than words alone.
In short, I highly recommend this book. Wish more serious writers would take such a light-hearted approach to such heavy topics!