Ali Macalady

Ali Macalady lives, writes, and eats in New Haven, Conn.

The Eat Generation

Ali Macalady reviews Safe Food by Marion Nestle and The Pleasures of Slow Food by Corby Kummer

In 2001, Eric Schlosser published Fast Food Nation -- an expose of America's increasingly consolidated and industrialized food system, and how that system contributes to a whole range of societal ills, from obesity and resistance to antibiotics to urban sprawl, habitat destruction, and poor labor conditions. The book was a smashing success -- 66 weeks and running on the New York Times bestseller list -- and it captured the nation's attention in a way no book about food has since Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the 1906 classic about the Chicago meatpacking industry.