Kristin Wartman is a journalist focusing on the intersections of food, health, politics, and culture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Civil Eats, and Grist, as well as in academic journals such as Critical Quarterly, The Black Scholar, Tikkun Magazine, and The New Labor Forum. 

She is at work on her first book, FORMERLY KNOWN AS FOOD, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press.

Kristin is also a Certified Nutrition Educator and works as a nutrition consultant with various doctors in New York City. She holds a Masters Degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She lives in New York City.



15 responses to “About

  • Peter J. Duffin

    Just discovered your articles Kristen. You’re an excellent wordsmith.

    Have you ever thought about going the next step and writing/publishing a book about ‘Corporate Food Control’?

    To the best of my knowledge there is no single book in the marketplace that discusses the history of corporate food and how it became so controlling, the consequences of allowing the status quo to continue, and what possible solutions can lead us to more healthy viable alternatives.

    Western society needs such a publication….the sooner, the better.

  • Kari

    Hi, Kristin – just read your article on ADHD: http://civileats.com/2011/03/25/adhd-it’s-the-food-stupid/

    LOVE it!! I’m currently a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with my focus on disease aggrevated by diet. I was just curious where you received your certification as a Certified Nutrition Educator. Keep up the great work!

  • Kathleen

    Excellent information. I’ve been passing this around.

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  • scott zacky

    You need to realize that hormones my never be used in poultry in the US, it is a very severe penalty and against federal law. All Zacky Farms products are free range and antibiotic free as well as fed a vegetarian diet rich in corn and soy. we also have been approved to call our products “Hand Raised” please call me if you would ever like to discuss this further.
    We are the largest turkey producer on the west coast!

    • kristin wartman

      Hi Scott,

      Unfortunately, I was misquoted in the LA Times article. I never said anything about hormones in poultry because I know that they are not used. If you look at my piece here on my blog, “The Truth About Turkey,” there is no mention of hormones being administered.

  • Rana

    Hi Kristen,
    I’ve been meaning to leave you a comment here for a couple of months now, supposedly after I read all of your entries. Well I’m certainly not caught up yet, but will say hello anyways.

    I am not one of your readers who just happened to stumble upon your blog, or catch you on The Huffington Post. I actually met your father when my husband brought him to our home in Miami just this past January. Your father observed how picky I was about my dinner, how I prepared it, and noted that I would get along quite well with you! We talked a little bit about big pharma and Con-Agra. I used to ghostwrite newsletters for a health and wellness site, so I’ve done enough reading and research to be angry, and wish everyone was angrier as well. I regret we didn’t have more time.

    Your father is obviously very proud of you, and I don’t blame him. I regret that I couldn’t spend more time talking to him.

    Love your cause. I’ll keep reading, and I will be sharing.


  • Wayne Fontana


    I agree that home-cooking should be a part of family life, but getting the government involved isn’t the answer. I’m not a right wing nut,but please consider that every time the government steps in, we lose a little of our
    freedom. Let’s encourage more self-reliance, like suggesting simple
    meals and ingredients that can be easily purchased at the grocery store.

  • Beth

    I agree completely about the problems with processed food. However, I may be missing something, but isn’t education the key? In our home, we make all our meals from scratch, and many/most only take 15 minutes to prepare. How about teaching people to make quick and easy salads or stir fry’s that incorporate a protein and use seasonal ingredients? I think making meal preparation sound so complex and expensive is going to drive more people away from the idea of cooking for one’s self or one’s family.

    • Alyson Vogel

      Beth I am with you on this one too- althoug there are tons of books and articles with those very healty 15 minute items you mention already out there – (Bittman, Shulman and Rachael Rae made a living out of it and their prep takes no more than a few of those minutes). I was disappointed to see the NY Times publish that letter from the mother of 6 who chided Kristen for forgetting ‘the real world’ when she wrote about having to settle her 6 kids at dinner time in response to Ms. Wartman’s article. With homework as the priority and not the home cooked meal I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s lifestyle but children’s physical minds need to be nourished as much as their mental minds. The way to that is healthy role modeling. No amount of calling out for pizza or takeout can make up for that. Having 6 kids is a gift- and a challenge- feeding them healthy (yes 15 minute) meals like you mention are a reality and takes just a little more pre-planning and time than deciding which McDonald’s to stop in to. Let’s get real about how ‘un-mysterious’ cooking really is.

  • Valorie Grace Hallinan

    I really enjoyed your NYTimes article and agree totally with it. Reminds me a bit of the slow food and slow parenting movement – slow living, I suppose. I think it’s great that some countries allow for reduced working time for parents. We live life in a blur these days.

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  • Kyle T.

    Just read your Times article about eating habits starting in the womb. Great stuff. I’ve believed in this for quite some time. I am a PharmD student at the University of Michigan and have been trying to get health professionals to join the cause to prescribe lifestyle changes instead of pharmaceuticals (I started a student org called Health Professionals for Healthy Living).

    I’m glad people like you are getting the word out as well. Keep at it!

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