Individual Written Assignments and Activities
• Written Assignment 1: Book Report
1. Required reading: Choose one of the titles listed below. You may purchase the book or not. You will need access to one of the books long
enough to do the assignment.
1 What to Eat by Marion Nestle
2 Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle
3 Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the WorldFat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
4 Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eatby Sarah Murray
5 The Omnivore’s Dilemma : A Natural History of Four MealsThe Omnivore’s Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals by The Omnivore’s Dilemma : A
Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
6 In Defense of Food : An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
7 Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matterby Peter Singer, Jim Mason
8 The End of Food: How the Food Industry is Destroying Our Food Supply–And What We Can Do About It by Thomas F. Pawlick
9 Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto–The Promises and Perils of the Biotech HarvestFood, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto–The Promises and Perils of the
Biotech Harvest by Peter Pringle
10 Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They GrewOrganic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew by Samuel Fromartz
11 The Raw Food Diet MythThe Raw Food Diet Myth by Ruthann Russo
12 The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American AppetiteThe End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American
Appetite by David Kessler
13 The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our WorldThe Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our
World by John Robbins and Dean Ornish
14 Lords Of The Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, And The Future Of FoodLords Of The Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, And The Future Of Food by Dan Charles
15 The Antioxidant Miracle: Put Lipoic Acid, Pycnogenol, and Vitamins E and C to Work for You (Paperback) by Lester Packer , Carol Colman
16 Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food (Paperback) by Pamela C. Ronald, Raoul W. Adamchak
17 Sustainable Food: How to Buy Right and Spend Less (Chelsea Green Guides) (Paperback) by Elise McDonough
18 Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes by Mark Bittman
19 Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry, 2nd ed. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007. byBelasco WJ.
20 ___. Meals to Come: A history of the future of food. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.
21 The Food Wars. London: Verso Books, 2009. Bello W.
22 All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? New York: Seven Stories Press, U.S., 2008. Berg J.
23 Food Fight: The inside story of the food industry, America’s obesity crisis, and what we can do aboutiIt. US: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2004.
Brownell K, Battle Horgen K.
24 Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. US: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2011. Estabrook B.
25 Mendel in the Kitchen: A scientist’s view of genetically modified foods. Washington DC: Joseph Henry Press, 2004. Fedoeoff N, Brown NM.
26 Food Justice. Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2010. Gottlieb R, Joshi A.
27 Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All. New York: The Perseus Books Group, 2011. Hesterman O.
28 Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill. Boonville: Watershed Media Press, 2007. Imhoff D, Carra R.
29 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. US: Harper Perennial, 2007. Kingslover B.
30 Hunger-Proof Cities: Sustainable Urban Food Systems. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, 2000. Koc M, MacRae R, Welsh J, Mougeot
31 Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America, Revised Edition. California: University of California Press, 2003. Levenstein
32 School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America’s Favorite Welfare Program. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2010. Levine S.
33 Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Paarlberg R.
34 Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. US: Melville House Publishing, 2008. Patel R.
35 Sweet Charity?: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. US: Viking Books, 1999. Poppendieck J.
36 ____. Free For All: Fixing School Food in America. California: California University Press, 2011.
37 Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It. US: Iq Publishing, 2009. Richardson J.
38 The End of Food. Old Saybrook: Tantor Media, Inc., 2009. Roberts P.
39 Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Harper Perennial, 2005. Schlosser E.
40 The Way We Eat: Why our food choices matter. Emmaus PA: Rodale Press, 2006. Singer P, Mason J.
41 Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. Boston: Beacon Press, 2009. Winne M.
2. The Book Report is both a writing and research assignment. It is an opportunity for you to show your reading comprehension and writing skill
using a very interesting and informative book. The assignment is to be no shorter than 3.5 pages and no longer than 4 pages. If you do not adhere to
the writing and formatting requirements listed in this paragraph above, the highest grade you will receive on this assignment is 89.
a. You are going to read the book.
b. You will have a two-fold purpose in writing this assignment:
i. First, I want a clear and coherent summary of the issues presented in each chapter; One to two sentences may be enough if there are many
ii. Second, I want you to pick an issue and take a position. You can be either on the same side of the issue as the author or on the opposite
iii. In either case, you will need to support your argument using three references outside of the book.
iv. Those references are to be attached to your report.
v. The references are to be from legitimate sources.
vi. The best references are refereed journals but others may be acceptable. Newspaper articles and internet summaries are not acceptable. ONLY
PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH JOURNALS are acceptable references. The journals found in PubMed are examples of peer reviewed journals.
vii. Be sure to footnote or endnote your references your three sources.
viii. Be sure you include all the full text articles
ix. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your references please check with me. You may use standard footnotes or endnotes to reference
your sources. You can use the following series book to help write your position paper on the issue you selected. Clashing Views on Controversial
Issues in Food and Nutrition (Taking Sides Series) by Marion Nestle, L. Beth Dixon.