Food Matters

In my book, it’s officially summer.  The semester is over; the neighborhood pool is open; the days are longer; work revolves around writing; and family life takes on a greater dimension.  I just finished reading a book where the political, the personal, and the gastronomic come together: Mark Bittman’s Food Matters.  This is the same Mark Bittman who taught me how to make crusty delicious white bread.  But this book has taught me to think whole grain.  And vegan.

Mind-opening statistic: livestock production contributes more to global warming than transportation.  We already eat vegetarian at my house.  But I’ve never been much into gving up eggs and dairy.  I like Bittman’s approach: vegan until six.  I can do that.

Here’s another review of the book.

By Noelle McAfee

I am professor of philosophy at Emory University and editor of the Kettering Review. My latest book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, explores what is behind the upsurge of virulent nationalism and intransigent politics across the world today. My other writings include Democracy and the Political Unconscious; Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship; Julia Kristeva; and numerous articles and book chapters. Edited volumes include Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice and a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory. I am also the author of the entry on feminist political philosophy in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and well into my next book project on democratic public life.