“Although we learned long ago to abandon magical thinking in connection with weather, crops, the care of animals, and other natural phenomena, it still has us in its grip when we think of diet.”
—Ruth Gay, “Fear of Food,”
from The American Scholar, 1976
“The amount of misinformation about nutrition that is circulated widely, especially by those who profit from doing so, is overwhelming.”
—researcher A. E. Harper, University of Wisconsin
My most vivid childhood memory of eating took place at my grandparents’ house. My family ate dinner there every Friday night, and it was the highlight of my week. Not only did I get to spend time with my grandparents, whom I adored, but my grandmother was ...