We take “food” for granted. But Kristin Lawless has done a thorough job of describing how so much of what we eat doesn’t qualify as “food” - and the terrible, sometimes catastrophic effects that transition has had (and will have) on our bodies and our planet. A stirring call to action to improve the awareness and ultimately health of all of us.
— Mark Bittman

An independent journalist and nutrition expert, Lawless is emerging as the voice of a new generation of food thinkers. After years of "eat this, not that" advice from doctors, journalists, and food faddists, she offers something completely different. Lawless presents a comprehensive explanation of the problem—going beyond nutrition to issues of food choice, class, race, and gender—and provides a sound and simple philosophy of eating, which she calls the "Whole Egg Theory."

Destined to set the debate over food politics for the next decade, Formerly Known as Food speaks to a new generation looking for a different conversation about the food on our plates.



KRISTIN LAWLESS (previously published as Kristin Wartman) is an author and independent journalist focusing on the intersections of food, health, politics, and culture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The AtlanticNewsweek, VICE, Huffington Post, and Civil Eatsas well as in academic journals, such as The Black ScholarCritical Quarterly, and The New Labor Forum. Lawless is a Certified Nutrition Educator and works as a nutrition consultant with doctors in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.