As a kid, Tracie McMillan's favorite food was Hamburger Helper. Until she got to college, she considered people who ate "good food," snobs. She became interested in how food and class relate in America while reporting on poverty.
McMillan worked three undercover jobs -- a farmworker in California, a grocery and produce clerk in two Michigan WalMarts, and the kitchen of a New York City Applebee's -- as research for her book, "The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table."
McMillan spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall on October 17, 2012.