Please join KPFA at The Back Room in Berkeley on November 1st at 7:00 PM when we welcome legendary food booster Marion Nestle in a rare appearance to celebrate the release of her memoir, Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics. This very special live and in-person event will feature Marion Nestle in conversation with Nina Ichikawa, executive director of the Berkeley Food Institute.
Marion Nestle reflects on her late-in-life career as a world-renowned food politics expert, public health advocate, and a founder of the field of food studies after facing decades of low expectations.
“Marion Nestle is one of my heroes. After reading her riveting memoir, I admire her more than ever. She is one of the most important voices in the food world, and in this book she gets personal for the first time.” — Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet
“I have always had such admiration for Marion Nestle: she is one of our nation’s shrewdest thinkers and has transformed the way all of us think about public health, the industrial food industry, nutrition, and the future of food.” — Alice Waters
In this engrossing memoir, Slow Cooked, Marion Nestle reflects on how she achieved late-in-life success as a leading advocate for healthier and more sustainable diets. Slow Cooked recounts of how she built an unparalleled career at a time when few women worked in the sciences, and how she came to recognize and reveal the enormous influence of the food industry on our dietary choices.
By the time Nestle obtained her doctorate in molecular biology, she had been married since the age of nineteen, dropped out of college, worked as a lab technician, divorced, and become a stay-at-home mom with two children. That’s when she got started. Slow Cooked charts her astonishing rise from bench scientist to the pinnacles of academia, as she overcame the barriers and biases facing women of her generation and found her life’s purpose after age fifty. Slow Cooked tells her personal story—one that is deeply relevant to everyone who eats, and anyone who thinks it’s too late to follow a passion.
Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University and author of a wide range of books about the politics of food, nutrition, health, and the environment, including the award-winning bestsellers, Food Politics and What to Eat.
Nina F. Ichikawa is the Executive Director for the Berkeley Food Institute, an interdisciplinary research and action center on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.
Marion Nestle & Nina Ichikawa for Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics
Date: Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 PM
Location: The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
Admission: $20 with a limited number of discounted tickets available for students and fiscally challenged.
Media Contact: Kevin Hunsanger, KPFA Radio: [email protected] 510-684-3401