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Tue Sep 12 // 7:30 pm

Big Chicken Book Launch: Eater’s Helen Rosner Interviews Author Maryn McKenna

Presented by CAVEAT

"A must-read for anyone who cares about the quality of food and the welfare of animals." - Mark Bittman, author of How To Cook Everything

Eater's Helen Rosner interviews Maryn McKenna about her new investigative tour de force Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats.

JUST ADDED!: $15 admission tickets. $30 and $40 tickets include admission and one copy of the book.
Doors, bar, and kitchen open at 7:00, event at 7:30. 21+
Stick around after the interview for a signing.

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a contributor at National Geographic, where she also helped launch the award-winning food site The Plate, and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She is one of the stars of the 2014 documentary Resistance, and her 2015 TED Talk, "What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?", has been viewed 1.4 million times and translated into 30 languages.


Helen Rosner is the editor at large and former executive editor of Eater, and a host of The Eater Upsell, a podcast of mostly food-oriented conversations with the world’s most interesting people. She has been an editor at Saveur and New York, was a founder of the cultishly influential website Eat Me Daily, and has both edited and co-written cookbooks. Her writing has appeared in Afar, Guernica, Racked, The Awl, and more; her essay “On Chicken Tenders” was the winner of the 2016 James Beard Award.


From the publisher:

In this provocative narrative, acclaimed journalist Maryn McKenna reveals the fascinating history of chicken—and how the common backyard bird became an industrial commodity impacting human health around the world. Crucial to its meteoric rise: the routine use of antibiotics, a practice that would transform agriculture, change the world's eating habits, and contribute to the deadly rise of drug-resistant infections around the globe.

Bringing us on an extraordinary journey from the vast poultry farms of the United States to laboratories, kitchens and sidewalk markets around the world, McKenna reveals how economic, political and cultural forces converged to make America's favorite meat a hidden danger—and how companies, activists, farmers and chefs are carving a path back to better, safer food.

Listen to Maryn McKenna on Leonard Lopate discuss how antibiotics changed the way we eat.

Read an excerpt from her book on NPR's The Salt.


"A modern Upton Sinclair, Maryn McKenna explains how our food is actually produced today. Big Chicken is highly readable, shocking, and opens our eyes to the risks we have been incurring. A most important book!" - Martin Blaser, MD, author of Missing Microbes

"If you think raising farm animals on antibiotics is nothing to worry about, Big Chicken will change your mind in a hurry. Maryn McKenna's account of the profit-driven politics that allowed widespread antibiotic resistance should be required reading for anyone who cares about food and health." - Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics

"Drug-resistant infections are among the greatest challenges of our time. Maryn McKenna makes this challenge personal and compelling, illustrating how antibiotic resistance has been developing, why we should care, and what we should all demand to address it." - Jeremy Farrar, MD, PhD, director of the Wellcome Trust

“This superb scientific exposé by journalist Maryn McKenna skewers the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in chicken feed.” -Nature
"It is at once a classic tale of runaway science gone wrong and the singular history of America’s favorite food.” -Wired
“In Big Chicken, journalist Maryn McKenna investi- gates the wide- spread use of antibiotics in the poultry-farming industry to answer the question, Are mass-produced meats a threat to public health? In her report, McKenna reveals the harrowing consequences of these farming practices on our lives—particularly the rise of antibiotic resistance—and explains how we can eat healthier and more safely.” -Real Simple


“Solid, eye-opening public health journalism.” -Kirkus

“In Big Chicken, McKenna chronicles in exquisite detail how humanity went from developing antibiotics to prevent the world’s worst bacteria, to standing on the verge of an onslaught of unstoppable diseases.” -PBS.org