Susannah Hainley
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"How to Eat(?)" Zine

"How to Eat(?)" Zine

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Eating often feels complicated. We are told—by media, institutions, experts, and society—what and how we should eat, often without the acknowledgment that diet can be highly contextual, cultural, and personal. This zine was created out of a personal desire to collaborate with my wonderful sister (a dietitian diagnosed with Celiac Disease) and to synthesize some of my own learnings about diet and the economic / cultural / historical / political structures of food through the University of the Pacific’s Food Studies MA program.

Hopefully this zine will make you laugh, help you learn something, and make you feel a little less crazy about how you eat.

What you’ll find inside:

  • A feature story on the origins of contemporary diet culture and co-option of medical diets (like the gluten-free and keto diets)

  • A pop-quiz: can you distinguish foods containing gluten from those without it?

  • A social history of toast—and anxiety

  • What eating healthy strictly on the advice of news media might look like

  • Opinions: what does a “healthy” diet actually mean?


  • 12 pages

  • Size: 5.5″ x 7.75″

  • Neon risograph cover with black-and-white interior pages