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Isabella La Rocca, Fast Food

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My parents came to the US from Italy and Mexico respectively.  I grew up eating as they did – meals are eaten slowly and with others.  Fast food, with its shiny, brightly colored facades and super savory or sweet meals was foreign and enchanting.  Fast food is widely available, cheap, and filling. For some people, there are few affordable or accessible alternatives.  In its early days, fast food was marketed to women, promising freedom from the work and responsibility of feeding the family. But the industry is based largely on worker exploitation – mostly women of color, many of whom are single moms....

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