About James McWilliams


“Honestly, James,  you really must be some wackjob fanatic.”

–an admiring reader

I’m an historian and writer based in Austin, Texas.  My books include The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals (Thomas Dunne Books), Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown) and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (Columbia University Press).

My writing has appeared in The Paris Review daily, The New Yorker.com, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Slate, The American Scholar, Texas Monthly, The Atlantic, and The Texas Observer. I write “The Things We Eat” column at Pacific Standard. My literary non-fiction has appeared in The Millions, Quarterly Conversation, The New York Times Book Review, and The Hedgehog Review.

I am not on Facebook, but I tweet @the_pitchfork. I run a lot.

List of Publications (updated October 12, 2015):  Comprehensive Bibliography