by Marion Nestle


Note:  Each book has its own web page with information about what’s in it, and its blurbs, reviews, and media.  Click on the link to get to that page.

Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics.  Publication date: October 4, 2022.

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Let’s Ask Marion: What You Need to Know about the Politics of Food, Nutrition, and Health (with Kerry Trueman), 2020

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Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, 2018

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Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), 2015

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Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics (2013)

Order from, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, IndieBound Click here for more information about the book. What’s wrong with the US food system? Why is half the world starving while the other half battles obesity? Who decides our food issues, and why can’t we do better with labeling, safety, or school food? In Eat, Drink, Vote, Nestle teams up with The Cartoonist Group syndicate to present more than 250 of her favorite cartoons on issues ranging from dietary advice to genetic engineering to childhood obesity. While encouraging readers to vote with their forks for healthier diets, this book insists that it’s also necessary to vote with votes to make it easier for everyone to make healthier dietary choices.

Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (2012)

Calories—too few or too many—are the source of health problems affecting billions of people in today’s globalized world. In Why Calories Count, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim explain in clear and accessible language what calories are and how they work, both biologically and politically. The authors offer candid advice: Get organized. Eat less. Eat better. Move more. Get political. Click here for more information Pre-order from your local independent bookstore or University of California Press or Barnes and Noble, or

Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat (2010, now out of print)

Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim present an entertaining, informative, and objective examination of the booming pet food industry—its history, constituent companies, products, and marketing practices–with the facts pet owners need to decide for themselves how best to feed their cats or dogs. Click here for reviews and much more » Order from your local independent bookstore or Amazon or Free Press/Simon and Schuster or Barnes & Noble or IndieBound. Information about the book is on Facebook (click here).

Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine (2008, paperback 2010)

Pet Food Politics Marion Nestle tells the gripping story of how, in early 2007, a few telephone calls about sick cats set off the largest recall of consumer products in U.S. history and an international crisis over the safety of imported goods ranging from food to toothpaste, tires, and toys. Click here for much more » Order from your local independent bookstore or Amazon or UC Press.

What to Eat (2006, paperback 2007).

What to Eat What to Eat is a book about how to make sensible food choices. Consider that today’s supermarket is ground zero for the food industry, a place where the giants of agribusiness compete for your purchases with profits—not health or nutrition—in mind. Click here for much more » Order from your local independent bookstore or Amazon or Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Food and Nutrition (2004, now out of print)

Taking Sides Taking Sides presents current issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. The pro and con essays represent the arguments of leading scholars and commentators in their fields. More here » Purchase on Amazon.

Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003, paperback 2004, revised edition 2010)

SafeFoodII Marion Nestle argues that ensuring safe food involves more than washing hands or cooking food to higher temperatures. It involves politics. When it comes to food safety, billions of dollars are at stake, and industry, government, and consumers collide over issues of values, economics, and political power—and not always in the public interest. Click here for much more » Order from your local independent bookstore or Amazon or UC Press.  

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002, paperback 2003, revised edition 2007, tenth anniversary edition, 2013 )

We all witness, in advertising and on supermarket shelves, the fierce competition for our food dollars. In this engrossing exposé, Marion Nestle goes behind the scenes to reveal how the competition really works and how it affects our health. Click here for reviews and much more » Order from your local independent bookstore or Purchase on Amazon or UC Press.