It’s not often that Millennials are referred to their original generational name, Generation Y (Gen X and Gen Z make total sense now, right?). Eve Turow-Paul, author of A Taste of Generation YUM: How the Millennial Generation’s Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs and microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food* utilizes that perfectly with the title of this selection. Eve is a returning author on the AgBookClub book list – you may remember her from our January 2021 pick, Hungry, which was actually Eve’s second book.
There are roughly 80 million Millennials in America. According to research by BBDO, half of them identify as “foodies.” They buy organic groceries, fawn over Chemex coffee, Instagram images of pork belly and spend their recession-dented incomes on high-end meals out. Young adults with degrees from prestigious universities apply their learnings to harvests instead of hedge funds. Never before has a young generation paid this much attention to food. Starting back in 2012, Millennial, Eve Turow set out on a journey to understand why. Through interviews with a variety of Millennials as well as food luminaries—including Anthony Bourdain, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, Marion Nestle and more—Turow investigates the underlying drive for the Millennial obsession with food, and later looks at the role of Millennials in the future of food policy in America.
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Get the book. Buy it, borrow it, download and listen to it, read it over your neighbor’s shoulder — we don’t care. But don’t steal the book.
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- Week 1: Intro + chapter 1 [pages 1-31] (Twitter chat on 4/6)
- Week 2: Chapters 2-3 [pages 32-60] (Twitter chat on 4/13)
- Week 3: Chapters 4-6 [pages 61-99] (Twitter chat on 4/20)
- Week 4: Chapters 7-8 + epilogue [pages 100-127] (Twitter chat on 4/27)
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