The name Marion Nestle is certainly on the short list of pioneers and champions chipping away at the stranglehold that industrialized agriculture has on our food system, while also building a food system based on sustainability and nutrition. Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the best-selling author of the seminal work Food Politics as well as nine other books, and she has been featured in key documentaries on our food system, including Super Size Me, Food, Inc., A Place at the Table and several more.

With her new book, Eat, Drink, Vote, Nestle has taken a bit of a lighter approach to what can often be a grim and sober subject. While the book covers substantial and highly informative ground on food politics, along with the blatant nutritional lies forwarded by profit-hungry food corporations and what we can do to address these issues, it is liberally illustrated with satirical and highly entertaining cartoons.

“If you pay close attention to food politics, it’s easy to get depressed about corporate control of the food supply and congressional concerns over corporate rather than public health,” Nestle told Organic Connections. “Cartoonists can cut right to the heart of an issue with just a few strokes of a pen, and make you laugh at the same time. I’m hoping the book will appeal to young people who might find my other books—Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat, for example—a bit daunting (even though I do try to make them readable and accessible).”