Book Reviews

Every three or four weeks I plan to post my review of a book that relates to processed food in some fashion. If you wish to purchase the item from Amazon, click on the image of the book cover. A disclosure statement on my role as aAmazon Associate is available on a separate page. See below a list of those reviews that have been posted to date:

The Vitamins: Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health, Sixth Edition, by Gerald F. Combs, Jr. and James P. McClung coming soon!

Insect and Hydroponic Farming in Africa: The New Circular Food Economy by Dorte Verner, Nanna Roos, Afton Halloran, Glenn Surabian, Edinaldo Tebaldi, Maximillian Ashwill, Saleema Vellani, and Yasuo Konishi posted on July 5, 2022.


Ending Hunger: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It by Anthony Warner posted June 7, 2022.


Postharvest Handling: A Systems Approach, Fourth Edition, by Wojciech Florkowski, Nigel Banks, Robert Shewfelt, and Stanley Prussia posted May 3, 2022.

How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America by Priya Fielding-Singh posted April 5, 2022.


The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well by Mark Schatzker competing reviews posted March 1 and March 8, 2022.

Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal by Melanie Warner posted February 1, 2022.

Arriving Today: From Factory to Front Door—Why Everything Has Changed About How and What We Buy by Christopher Mims posted January 11, 2022


Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating by Robyn Metcalfe posted January 4, 2022

Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups  by Andrew Fisher posted November 30, 2021. 

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain posted November 2, 2021


Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong on GMOs by Mark Lynas posted October 5, 2021


The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger posted September 7, 2021

Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine by Robert H. Lustig posted August 3, 2021.



Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment and Recovery edited by Joan Ifland, Marianne T. Marcus, and Harry G. Preuss posted July 13, 2021.


Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions by Michael Moss posted July 6, 2021.


Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food from Sustainable to Suicidal by Mark Bittman posted June 1, 2021 and June 8, 2021.


Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat by Robert Paarlberg posted June 1, 2021 and June 8, 2021.



What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon posted May 4, 2021.


Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice edited by Hanna Garth and Ashanté M. Reese posted April 6, 2021.


Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria posted March 3, 2021.



Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future by Margaret Heffernan posted March 3, 2021.


Formerly Known as Food (How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture) by Kristin Lawless posted February 2, 2021.

KitchenWise: Essential Food Science for Home Cooks by Shirley O. Corriher posted January 5, 2021.


  Feeding the Other: Whiteness Privilege and Neoliberal Stigma in Food Pantries by Rebecca de Souza posted December 1, 2020.


Tomatoland: From Harvest of Hope to Harvest of Shame by Barry Estabrook posted November 3, 2020


Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us by George Zaidan posted October 6, 2020

Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future  of Food by Hervé This posted September 1, 2020.

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach by Evelyn Tribble and Elyse Resch, posted August 11, 2020


Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and  Happiness Through Intuitive Eating by Christy Harrison posted August 4, 2020.


The Fate Of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little posted July 14, 2020.


Food 5.0 : How We Feed the Future by Robert D. Saik posted July 7, 2020.


The Way We Eat Now: Strategies for Eating in a World of Change by Bee Wilson posted June 2, 2020.

Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates edited by Charles C. Ludington and Matthew Morse Booker posted May 5, 2020.

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Gerger posted April 7, 2020.

Nutrition Made Clear by Roberta H. Anding posted March 3, 2020

Molecules, Microbes and Meals: The Surprising Science of Food by Alan Kelly posted February 4, 2020.

Future Foods: How Modern Science is Transforming the Way We Eat by David Julian McClements posted January 7, 2020.

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer posted December 3, 2019.

Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and the Truth about Dieting by Giles Yeo posted November 5, 2019.

Minireviews of Acquired Tastes; Appolo’s Fire; Are You a Monster or a Rock Star?; Immokalee’s Fields of HopeLiquid Rules; Natural Causes; and The Real-Food Revolution posted October 29. 2019.


Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy by Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon posted October 1, 2019.

Peak Plastic: The Rise or Fall of Our Synthetic World by Jack Buffington posted October 1, 2019.

Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It by Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton and Sinikka Elliott posted September 3, 2019.

Food by Fabio Parasecoli posted August 5, 2019

Food Justice by Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi posted August 5, 2019

Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. by Ashanté M. Reese posted August 5, 2019.

The Future of Shopping: Where Everyone is a Retailer by Jeorg Snoeck and Pauline Neerman posted July 2, 2019.

Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat by Marion Nestle posted May 7, 2019.


The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum posted April 2, 2019.


Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World by Paul Shapiro posted March 6, 2019.

Nourished Planet: Sustainability in the Global Food System edited by Danielle Nierenberg posted February 12, 2019.

The United States of Excess: Gluttony and the Dark Side of American Exceptionalism by Robert Paarlberg posted February 5, 2019.

The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work by Yoni Freedhoff posted January 15, 2019

 Ever Seen a Fat Fox? Human Obesity Explored by Mike Gibney posted January 8, 2019

  Best Before: The Evolution and Future of Processed Food by Nicola Temple posted December 3, 2018

Supermarket USA: Food and Power in the Cold War Farms Race By Shane Hamilton posted November 6, 2018.

The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully by Aaron Carroll posted October 2, 2018.

Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice by Gyorgy Scrinis posted September 4, 2018.

The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South by John Edge posted August 7, 2018.


Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking by Linda Civitello posted July 31. 2018.

Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry by Anna Zeide posted July 3,2018.

Canned may be the most important book written about processed food in recent years.

Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price posted June 6, 2018.


I welcome much of what Vitamania tells us about the benefits and misinformation associated with vitamins and minerals. I just wish it had a better grasp at how these nutrients fit into the bigger picture of food science and nutrition.

It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating by Dina Rose posted May 1, 2018.  

The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss by Dr. Raphael Kellman posted April 4, 2018.

Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism by Bhu Srinivasan posted March 7, 2018.

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies and Companies by Geoffrey West posted March 7, 2018. 

The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating by Andrew Warner posted February 9, 2018.

Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta posted January 9, 2018.

Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense by Bob Holmes posted December 5, 2017 

Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet by Mackay Jenkins posted November 14, 2017

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman posted October 17, 2017  

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J Jacobs posted September 26, 2017

Badditives! The 13 Most Harmful Food Additives in Your Diet–and How to Avoid Them by Linda and Bill Bonvie posted August 2, 2017

Cuisine & Empire: Cooking in World History by Rachel Laudan posted July 5, 2017

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food  by Dana Gunders posted June 7, 2017

The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You by Sylvia Tara posted May 3, 2017

Chemicalism by Simon Kadwill-Kelly posted April 7, 2017

The Case against Sugar by Gary Taubes posted March 9, 2017

Real Food/Fake Food: Why You don’t Know What You’re Eating & What You Can Do About It by Larry Olmstead posted February 8, 2017

100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le posted January 11, 2017.

In Defense of Processed Food: It’s Not Nearly as Bad as You Think by Robert Shewfelt announced December 19, 2016.


The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji Lόpez-Alt posted December 13, 2016.

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West review posted November 15, 2016

Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies—How What We Eat Defines Who We Are by Sophie Egan review posted October 27, 2016