Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion NestleEat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle

Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics

byMarion Nestle

Paperback | September 3, 2013

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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 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 more 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 more 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.

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat. She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs daily at She ...
Title:Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.36 × 8.47 × 0.5 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:Rodale BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1609615867

ISBN - 13:9781609615864

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eat Drink Focus 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 ammunition to dispute or counter the author’s premises and conspiracy concepts and therein lays the weakness in this thoughtful lecture; the lack of solutions. Dr. Nestle stops short of discussing the “elephants-in-the-room” in food politics which are the only answers to her basic desire to correct a broken food system. She avoids either a libertarian approach coupled with better education [here her book could be used as a text] and/or national tax reform to stop food subsidies; all forms of corporate welfare, wealth inequities and political favors. 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.
Date published: 2013-09-08