Know That What You Eat You Are: The Best Food Writing from Harper's Magazine by Ellen RosenbushKnow That What You Eat You Are: The Best Food Writing from Harper's Magazine by Ellen Rosenbush

Know That What You Eat You Are: The Best Food Writing from Harper's Magazine

EditorEllen Rosenbush, Giulia MelucciIntroduction byNick Offerman

Paperback | October 15, 2017

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This collection of food writing from the archives of Harper'sMagazine demonstrates that Americans have been thinking and caring about what and how they eat for more than a century and a half.

The essays in Know That What You Eat You Are have been selected from Harper's Magazine's 167-year history and feature such celebrated writers as M.F.K. Fisher, Upton Sinclair, Ford Madox Ford, Wendell Berry, David Foster Wallace, and Michael Pollan, and many more.

Learn how a propermeal was served in 1875, the secrets of Jackie Kennedy's seafood and potato chip casserole, and how to forage for wild mushrooms and survive. There are chilling accounts of efforts to innovate new foods (Fritos, for instance) and preserve them for the late 20th century's burgeoning consumer culture. There are stories of foods coldly regarded as mere commodities (hello, Quinoa) and others that expound on how ensuring that we eat good, healthy food is a responsibility we all share. One of the latest pieces in the book is a hilarious crawl though the excess and absurdity of early 21st century dining in New York City that will have readers laughing deeply from their bellies while wondering if they might desire to fill it with an inflated pig's bladder. Another is a moving elegy on eating after cancer has taken that pleasure away.

As the actor (Parks and Recreation), writer, documentarian and woodworker Nick Offerman states in his introduction, "this satisfying spread of essays, while an excellent tasting menu of the many-faceted relations between Americans and their foodstuffs, serves as a clear journal of ways in which we have done our eating right, and of course, how we have burnt the toast to a crisp."

Ellen Rosenbush was managing editor of Harper's Magazine from 1989 to 2010, when she became the first woman editor of the esteemed publication. During her tenure, Harper's Magazine won two National Magazine Awards and received a total of 12 nominations. She is currently editor-at-large. She is also editor of An American Album: One Hund...
Title:Know That What You Eat You Are: The Best Food Writing from Harper's MagazineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.83 × 6.11 × 0.8 inPublished:October 15, 2017Publisher:Franklin Square PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1879957604

ISBN - 13:9781879957602


Table of Contents

Introduction - Nick Offerman


On Being Sent a Joint of Beef - Enid Bagnold

The Quinoa Quarrel - Lisa M. Hamilton

The Food Bubble - Frederick Kaufman


On Fritos - Mr. Harper

Brave New Foods - Erik Larson

How Now Drugged Cow? - Tony Hiss


Know that What You Eat You Are - Wendell Berry

Wild Mushrooms Without Fear - James Nathan Miller                                        

Cultivating Virtue - Michael Pollan

Cage Wars - Deb Olin Unferth

The Necessity of Agriculture - Wendell Berry


The Candy Man - Alexander Theroux

What Aria Cooking? - Susan Dooley

Set-Piece for a Fishing Party - MFK Fisher

The Social Status of a Vegetable - MFK Fisher


Diet and Appetite {Extract} - T. Swann Harding

Hunger and the House Mouse - Gustav Eckstein

My Anti-Headache Diet - Upton Sinclair

Ticket to the Fair {Extract} - David Foster Wallace

Starving Your Way to Vigor - Steve Hendricks


A Cosmopolite Bill of Fare {Extract} - Anonymous

The Art of Dining - Julie Verplanck

Dinner Tables of the Nation {Extract} - Elizabeth Miner King

The Lordly Dish - Ford Madox Ford

A Goose in a Dress - Tanya Gold

Dining With the Tiger - John Banville