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Formerly Known as Food


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KRISTIN LAWLESS (previously published as Kristin Wartman) is the author of Formerly Known As Food and an independent journalist focusing on the intersections of food, health, politics, and culture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, VICE, Huffington Post, and Civil Eats, as well as in academic journals, such as The Black Scholar, Critical Quarterly, and The New Labor Forum. Kristin is a Certified Nutrition Educator and works as a nutrition consultant with doctors in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.


Lawless wants to re-shape the way we think about food, health, politics and culture...We have to act, she says, and the time is now. --Forbes An illuminating and engrossing read that is expansive in its scope yet pointed in its message...Her research spooks you like a sci-fi thriller, but also has the luscious energy of a 1970s feminist manifesto that will galvanize you to 'act as if our lives depend on it.' --The Frontlash An astute and straightforward examination of how eaters have been duped. --CivilEats This well-researched study is sure to sound alarms and spark changes. --Booklist

Compelling...urges its readers to take action to overhaul the food system. --Linewaiter's Gazette This insightful book provides critical, transformative, and scientifically supported opportunities to restore our society's health. --Dr. Binoy K. Singh, Associate Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Northwell Health, Lenox Hill In this revelatory survey of the dangers of the industrial food system, Lawless offers crucial tools for navigating it safely. The best ones have nothing to do with shopping advice: she asks us to think holistically about food, why it can't be separated from other struggles for justice, and what it means to demand transformative change. --Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough and This Changes Everything Lawless takes us where few food critics dare to go. She shows how society can prioritize the time and other resources for all to eat well, from breastfeeding to healthy old age, over the corporate interests of Big Ag and Big Food. - Selma James, author of Sex, Race, and Class "At age 57, I'm seeing friends 10 to 15 years younger succumb to diseases that used to plague our elders at 65 plus. But why? Lawless provides answers in this great and necessary book." --Chuck D, Raptivist and founder of Public Enemy Powerful.... will change the way you think about what is healthy food and ultimately help prevent heart attacks and strokes and possibly even save your life. --Dr. Dennis Goodman, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Integrative Medicine, NYU Revelatory on every page and a delight to read, Formerly Known as Food is both a powerful expose and a passionate manifesto. In her meticulous autopsy of way we eat today, Kristin Lawless has provided a public service. Reading Formerly Known as Food is a matter of life and death. --Steve Fraser, author of Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion This groundbreaking book will get you thinking differently about how you nourish yourself and your family, and will inspire you to advocate for change. --Mary Esther Malloy, MA, Mindful Birth, NY "Unless you make it yourself, you have no idea what you are eating and Kristin Lawless explains why. You better read this book before you put another bite of food in your or your kids' mouths!" --Laurie David We take 'food' for granted. But Kristin Lawless has done a thorough job of describing how so much of what we eat doesn't qualify as 'food'--and the terrible, sometimes catastrophic effects that transition has had (and will have) on our bodies and our planet. A stirring call to action to improve the awareness and ultimately health of all of us. --Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything

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