has been a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly
since 1996. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The Nation
, and The New Yorker.
He has received a National Magazine Award and a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for reporting. In 1998 Schlosser wrote an investigative piece on the fast food industry for Rolling Stone.
What began as a two-part article for the magazine turned into a groundbreaking book: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
(2001). The book helped change the way Americans think about what they eat. Fast Food Nation
was on the New York Times
bestseller list for more than two years, as well as on bestseller lists in Canada, Great Britain, and Japan. It has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Schlosser's second book, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
(2003), explored the nation's growing underground economy. It also became a New York Times
bestseller. In 2003 Schlosser's first play, Americans,
was produced at the Arcola Theatre in London.
Hoping to counter the enormous amount of fast food marketing aimed at children, Schlosser decided to write a book that would help young people understand where their food comes from, how it's made, how it affects society, and how it can harm their health. Written with Charles Wilson, Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food
became a New York Times
bestseller in the spring of 2006. Later that year, Fox Searchlight Pictures released a major motion picture based on Fast Food Nation,
directed by Richard Linklater and cowritten by Schlosser. "It's a mirror and a portrait," the New York Times
said of the film, "as necessary and nourishing as your next meal." Schlosser is currently at work on a book about America's prison system.
Praise for Fast Food Nation
"Fast Food Nation
is the kind of book that you hope young people will read because it demonstrates far better than any social studies class the need for government regulation, the unchecked power of multinational corporations, and the importance of our everyday decisions." USA Today
"A fine piece of muckraking, alarming without being alarmist." New York Times Book Review
"His eye is sharp, his profiles thoughtful but spare. This is John McPhee behind the counter." Washington Post
Praise for Reefer Madness
"In the finest tradition of all-American muckraking . . . Riveting . . . admirably thorough reporting and a refreshingly clear, no-nonsense style. . . . A lucid, humane voice like Schlosser's gives hope and inspiration." Washington Post
"A provocative polemic . . . Schlosser's exhaustive reporting is reminiscent of social realist literature. Journalism schools should make him required reading." Business Week
"Let us now praise Eric Schlosser's Reefer Madness
. . . . Schlosser balances fact, anecdote, and history with a graceful hand. . . . His ideas are catchier than most heroic couplets." San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for Americans
"A wonderful, powerful play of enormous dignity and beauty." Arthur Miller
"This is a rare thing: a big political play that seizes the crucial political arguments of our time and runs with them . . . Only the comatose will fail to be provoked and stimulated; this is a political triple espresso." Independent on Sunday
"An intelligent, sophisticated effort . . . a thoughtful, gripping, and, yes, prescient piece." The Times
Praise for Chew on This:
"Chew on This
shows us how to transform our children's lives so they can improve the health of a nation." Dr. Mehmet Oz
"Chew on This
is an unusually lively, accessible book filled with eye-opening material, much of which will be news not only to kids but to adults." Los Angeles Times
"Schlosser and Wilson leave readers with a powerful suggestion that 'the solution starts with you.'" Publishers Weekly
"Chew on This
should be circulated widely among America's youth." San Francisco Chronicle