By 2022, descriptions of COVID creative projects were a familiar topic in media articles and interviews. Thus, Marion Nestle's introduction to Slow Cooked, explaining that the book was just such a pandemic distraction, might lead some to underestimate the book before them. Slow Cooked belies such an expectation. It is a memoir that is both self-reflective as well as insightful about issues far beyond the personal life of its author.

Academics do not often write memoirs. Traditionally, we are trained to eschew the first-person voice and to strive for objectivity about our topics. Nestle, though, is not traditional. She has had an academic career in medical education and then in food studies—an interdisciplinary field that she helped create. In her transition from one field to another, she worked for the federal government, editing a compendium of nutritional science and health. Outside of government and academic circles, Nestle has also...

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