Reviews, Press Coverage & Events

For a listing of past and upcoming radio interviews, and links to recorded shows, click on Radio Tour

Christopher Cook lays out a far-reaching takedown of the American food industry, from factory farms to supermarkets to federal regulators.” -Mother Jones

“Diet stands in the classic American tradition of muckraking journalism. Cook offers an extensive and frightening catalog of the perils in our food supply… packed with information that consumers need and policy makers should be acting on.” – The San Diego Union-Tribune

“A stunning new book…makes a compelling case that all of us should take a closer look at what we eat and where and how our food is produced.” –Tucson Citizen

“A cogent synthesis of arguments against industrial farming and agribusiness monopolies and the government policies that enable them… Even people who pay attention to issues in sustainable agriculture will learn something.” -Baltimore City Paper

Reviews and press coverage have also appeared in: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Austin American-Statesman, EMagazine, In These Times, San Francisco Weekly, Fresno Bee, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Examiner, and elsewhere.

Readings, Interviews and Lectures UPCOMING EVENTS AND INTERVIEWS:

Friday, November 17 (8 p.m.) .

NATIONAL RADIO BROADCAST: hear Christopher along with writer Michele Simon, chef and author Bryant Terry, and UC Berkeley scientist Ignacio Chapela in their Politics of Food forum at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club. In the Bay Area, listen on KQED, and check for national broadcast listings.

Wednesday, November 15

EVENT: Eating Locally, Thinking Globally (7-9 p.m.)

Christopher joins other food experts, activists and San Francisco supervisors for an evening of education and action about global and local food justice. How is our food system affecting our health and the planet? How can it be repaired, globally and locally? Speakers include supervisors Sophie Maxwell and Ross Mirkarimi, Diet for a Dead Planet author Christopher D. Cook, Food First Executive Director Eric Holt-Gimenez, Gwendolyn Smith from Literacy for Environmental Justice and Paula Jones of San Francisco Food Systems. New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St., San Francisco (admission free). For more information, contact Jon Garfield, 415-437-3425 or

Thursday, July 13

READING: Borders Books and Music, 7 p.m.
200 King St., near 3rd St., San Francisco

Tuesday, July 11

READING: Cody’s Books, 7 p.m.
4th and Stockton streets, downtown San Francisco

Tuesday, June 6

RADIO INTERVIEW: KWMR Marin Radio 89.3/90.5 Pleasures in Taste, simulcast at:

Thursday, May 25

READING: Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m.
1005 W Burnside, Portland

Wednesday, May 24

READING: Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m.
101 South Main Street, Seattle

Monday, May 22

READING: A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 7 p.m.
601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, California

Wednesday, May 10

TALK: Who Controls Your Food? 8 p.m.
CounterPULSE, Shaping San Francisco Spring Talks
1310 Mission St., at 9th

PREVIOUS RADIO SHOWS (scroll down for interview links):

Monday, November 15

Interview with Mike Cuthbert (syndicated nationally)
Click for Interview

Monday, November 22

THE FRED ANDERLE SHOW. WOSU Radio, NPR affiliate in Columbus, Ohio
Live interview with host Fred Anderle and listener calls
Click for Interview

Tuesday November 9

DON’T TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL. Food & Wine Radio Network, Business Talk Radio, NATIONAL
Live interview with host Jennifer English

Wednesday November 10

THE JOURNEY HOME. KSFR Radio in Santa Fe/Albuquerque, New Mexico
Live interview with host Diego Mulligan

Tuesday, November 16

BACKSTAGE LIVE, KFIZ Radio, statewide Wisconsin
News-talk station located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin with statewide listening audience

Interview with host Dan Raviv
Nationally syndicated and airs on CBS Radio and Westwood One.

Wednesday November 17

THE ROUND TABLE. WAMC National Productions. NPR , Albany, NY
Interview with Joe Donohue
Nationally syndicated to over 500 NPR affiliate stations from Canadian Border to Philadelphia, New Jersey,
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

QUALITY OF LIFE. Valley Public Radio, NPR Affiliate
Live interview with host Phoebe Wall Howard and other guests
Valley Public Radio airs throughout the Central Valley, from Merced down to Bakersfield.

IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH, WHAT Radio, Philadelphia, PA
Interview with host Reggie Bryant

Thursday, November 18

MORNING SHOW, KBEM Radio, 88.5 FM, Independent Public Radio station, Minneapolis
Taped interview with host Ed Jones

THAT GUY. KAHI Radio in Sacramento, CA
Live interview with host Dave Rosenthal

Friday November 19

Live interview with host Richard Neer and Carole Marks
One-hour show, heard on more than 50 stations across America including New York City’s legendary WOR and
KRLA Los Angeles

Tuesday November 23

AM 920 MAGAZINE, WBAA Radio, Indianapolis, NPR Affiliate
Interview with host Dan Skinner
NPR affiliate. Based at Purdue University, WBAA reaches listeners in mid-central Indiana and east-central Illinois.

Wednesday November 24

MORNING EDITION. KVON Radio, ABC Radio Affiliate in Napa, CA
Taped interview with host Jeff Schectman
This station is the primary ABC affiliate throughout the Northern CA wine country and beyond.

Monday, November 29

    88.5 FM, Bay Area NPR affiliate
    9:00 – 10:00 AM PT LIVE
  • 1550 Today, WNTN Radio, 1550 AM, Boston, MA
    Interview with host Sybil Tonkonogy
    11:00-11:30 AM PT LIVE
  • THE GARY O’BRIEN SHOW, WDWS Radio, 1400 AM-News Talk, Champaign, IL
    Interview with host Gary O’Brien
    2:15 – 2:30 PM PT LIVE

Tuesday, November 30

  • OPEN MIND, WGVU Radio, NPR Affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI, throughout Western Michigan, NPR
    Interview with host Cecilia Skidmore
    11:30 – 12:00 noon PT (prerecorded, check times)

Wednesday, December 1

    Interview with hosts David McMillan and John Sherman
    5:00-6:00 AM PT, LIVE

Friday December 3

    Interview with hosts Heidi Holton and John Bauer
    6:40 – 7:00 AM PT LIVE
  • THE IDEA EXCHANGE, WBEV Radio, Beaver Dam, WI
    Interview with host Jim Stowell
    8:06-8:16 AM PT LIVE

Tuesday, December 7

    Interview with TJ Callahan
    7:30-8:00 AM PT (prerecorded, check times)

Monday, December 20

  • HEALTH SHOW, WVXU Radio, NPR Affiliate, Cincinnati & syndicated thru Mid West
    Live interview with host Julie Isphording
    9:30-10:00 AM PT LIVE