Required Materials

Amazon logo Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food. New York, NY: Penguin Press HC, 2008. ISBN: 9781594201455.

Recommended Materials

Amazon logo Lunsford, Andrea. Easy Writer. 3rd ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's Books, 2008. ISBN: 9780312556273.

Amazon logo O'Neill, Molly. American Food Writing. New York, NY: Library of America, April 19, 2007. ISBN: 9781598530056.

Readings by Session


Amazon logo Didion, Joan. "Why I Write." In Joan Didion: Essays and Conversations. Edited by Ellen G. Friedman. New York, NY: Distributed by Persea Books, 1984, pp. 5-10. ISBN: 9780865380356. (Note: This essay is also frequently anthologized.)

Morrison, Toni. "The Day, and Its Splendid Parts." The New York Times, March 27, 2008.

Vapnyar, Lara. "Pot Luck." The New York Times, February 17, 2009.


Paddleford, Clementine. "A Flower for My Mother." In American Food Writing. pp. 318-320.

Hunter, Evan. "Pancakes." In American Food Writing. pp. 335-336.

Lewis, Edna. "Morning-After-Hog-Butchering Breakfast." In American Food Writing. pp. 480-486.

Maynard, Chris, and Bill Scheller. "Manifold Destiny." In American Food Writing. pp. 545-550.

Steingarten, Jeffrey. "Primal Bread." In American Food Writing. pp. 576-585.


Amazon logo Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe. "The Invention of Cooking." In Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food. New York, NY: Free Press, September 2, 2003, pp. 1-8. ISBN: 9780743227407.


Carroll, Lewis. "The Walrus and The Carpenter." Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872.

Amazon logo Ullman, Ellen. "Dining with Robots." In The Best American Essays 2005. Edited by Susan Orlean. Series edited by Robert Atwan. Wilmington, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2005, pp. 121-130. ISBN: 9780618357130.

4 Amazon logo Leon, Kass. "Table Manners." In The Hungry Soul. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, May 1, 1999, pp. 131-154. ISBN: 9780226425689.
7 Stacey, Michelle. "The Pleasure Teacher." O Magazine, May 2008.

Amazon logo Pollan, Michael. "Cruising on the Ark of Taste." In Best American Science Writing 2004. Edited by Jesse Cohen. Series edited by Dava Sobel. New York, NY: Ecco/Harper Collins, 2004, pp. 201-206. ISBN: 9780060726409.

8 Amazon logo Berry, Wendell. "The Pleasures of Eating." In What Are People For. New York, NY: North Point Press/Farrar Strauss, 1990, pp. 145-152. ISBN: 9780865474376.

Amazon logo Schlosser, Eric. "Why The Fries Taste Good." In Fast Food Nation. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2005, pp. 116-131. ISBN: 9780060838584.

9 Pollan. In Defense of Food. pp. 1-81.
10 Pollan. In Defense of Food. pp. 84-116.
11 Pollan. In Defense of Food. pp. 137-201.