Required Materials

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

Recommended Materials

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

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

Readings by Session


Buy at Amazon 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.


Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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 Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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 Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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.