Former Local Reporter Coming Home to Discuss Food Book

March 9, 2011 by The Food Guy
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Hey, fellow foodies, here’s an event worth checking out!

“The Revolution Has Been Televised. Now What?”

Charleston native and former Daily Mail reporter Brent Cunningham will be in town later this month – along with his wife, former Washington Post food writer Jane Black — to discuss their upcoming book on the efforts to build a healthy food culture in Huntington. The event will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the library of Marshall University’s South Charleston Campus.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver put Huntington on the map through his Emmy-winning TV series, “Food Revolution,” that shed fascinating light on his efforts to serve healthier school lunches in Cabell County. Huntington was unceremoniously chosen as the site of the series because it had recently been named the unhealthiest city in America in some national ranking. (The series was eye-opening and, in my opinion, very well done, by the way. Netflix it if you missed it.)

Brent attended Marshall University and worked at the Charleston Daily Mail before moving on to write for The Nation, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN.com and Harvard’s Neiman Reports, among other publications. He is now Managing Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, the national oldest journal of media criticism, and a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Jane now covers food politics, trends and sustainability issues and has written for the likes of the BBC, Businessweek Online, Boston Magazine, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Slate, Gourmet (may it R.I.P.) and Body & Soul. She attended the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London and her podcast, Smart Food, airs on Edible Radio.

Their new book is set to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2013.

Come on out and hear what they have to say, welcome Brent back and toss a few hard questions his way. (I know him, he can handle it.)

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One Response to “Former Local Reporter Coming Home to Discuss Food Book”

  1. bradmcNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome home Brent!

    At our house, we watched the Jamie Oliver show at first with lots of skepticism — and then came to really enjoy it. It was obviously somewhat scripted for television but it was actually more fair than I’d expected.

    Beyond that, it was good family entertainment. We all watched together, looked forward to it and used it as a starting point for discussions about healthy eating.

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