Fearlessly reported and beautifully written, The American Way of Eating goes beyond statistics and culture wars to deliver a book that is fiercely honest, strikingly intelligent, and compulsively readable. In making the simple case that—city or country, rich or poor—everyone wants good food, McMillan guarantees that talking about dinner will never be the same again.
Topics: Farming, Food History, Inequality, Social Class, Politics, Working Class, Investigative Journalism, Provocative, Informative, Poverty, Based on a True Story, Creative Nonfiction, 2000s, American Author, 21st Century, and Female Author
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First of all, she compliments the French for their low cost healthcare and mandatory 5 weeks vacation, stating that the society pays less for healthcare. The healthcare costs however, are in much higher taxes. The costs of the mandatory work benefits are a much higher unemployment, especially for the young or people with a criminal record, who desperately need valuable job experience.
She criticizes supermarkets for not locating in neighborhoods because they make more money in suburban neighborhoods. The reason is this: in suburban neighborhoods, prices are lower, so there is a higher turnover on the product. Why are the prices higher in bad neighborhoods? Increased costs of security and theft. Higher prices are require to offset these costs. Even with these higher costs, stores in low income urban locations still rarely make a comparable income relative to stores in safe areas which can provide fresher items at a lower price.
Thanks for reading my review, my analysis comes from Thomas Sowell's "Basic Economics", a book that the author would have benefited from reading.
I enjoyed McMillan's writing style, which was journalistic without being impersonal. Lots of footnotes and research to back up the personal anecdotes, too.