I want to express my appreciation to everyone who helped me with this project. To Lynette Lamb and Jay Walljasper for proposing my original Utne Reader magazine essay on food and guilt, and to Steve Fraser for inviting me to expand my ideas into a book. And to my editor at Basic Books, Gail Winston, for offering just the right mix of prodding, encouragement, and helpful suggestions.
I also want to thank all the friends and colleagues who offered support, suggestions, and constructive criticism: Toni Allegra, Tom Atchison, Julie Caniglia, Ross Carson, Anne de Meurisse, Lisa Disch, Kathleen Fluegel, Jim Glassman, Susan Heineman, Lisa Heldke, Karen Hess, Dan Iggers, Rhona Leibel, Elaine May, Lary May, Kathy Papatola, Riv-Ellen Prell, Susan Reed, Ron Salzberger, Naomi Scheman, Mary Ellen Shaw, Al Sicherman, Bill Souder, Dan Sullivan, Mary Turck, Barbara Ungar, Shirley Ungar, and Peter Vaughan.
Jon Spayde's editorial advice was invaluable, as was the research assistance of Jules Inda and Julia Mickenberg.