HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Barry Glassner

Eminent Authority on Food and Fear


  • The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat
  • What Can We Believe About What We Should Eat?
  • The Culture of Fear
  • An Evening With Barry Glassner



Barry Glassner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California and the author of seven books on contemporary social issues, including the national best-sellers, The Gospel of Food and The Culture of Fear (named “Best Book of the Year” by Knight-Ridder newspapers and by the Los Angeles Times Book Review). Described by the New York Times as “a master at the art of dissecting research,” Glassner has given over 100 lectures to a wide range of organizations, such as the University of Texas-Austin, Pacific Builders’ Association, and The Skeptics Society.

In his national bestseller, The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat, Glassner argues that by abandoning food fads and mythical beliefs about diet, Americans will eat better and lead happier lives. The Gospel of Food reveals the true reason we’re so captivated and confused by food. Marketers of everything from organic pizzas to three-star restaurants to diet plans have a pecuniary interest in complicating our relationship to food.

“Glassner exposes the strained interpretations, ‘prejudices dressed up as science,’ and pure fabrications behind much received wisdom,” the New York Times wrote of The Gospel of Food. The Los Angeles Times described it as “pure fun to read.” “Glassner’s views about food are on the whole so bracing,” declared the Wall Street Journal, “it’s hard not to root for him as he tilts against modern food dogma.”

Glassner has published research studies in The American Sociological Review, American Journal of Psychiatry, and other leading journals in the social sciences. His articles and commentaries have appeared in newspapers including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and he is the recipient of several honors, including an “outstanding book of the year” award from Choice magazine and a visiting fellowship at Oxford University.

Featured prominently in Michael Moore’s Academy Award winning documentary, Bowling for Columbine, Glassner has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Hardball, The O’Reilly Factor, The Dennis Miller Show, and Nightline, and various news programs on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC, and on radio shows including National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and Marketplace, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ideas program.

Praise for Barry Glassner:

“Barry Glassner’s The Gospel of Food is a well-timed brick through the plate glass window of conventional wisdom, pretentiousness, willful ignorance and political correctness through which most writers on food look out at the world. He gives you plenty to think about.”
— Anthony Bourdain

“Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation last evening. The students and the public enjoyed your lecture, your wit, and the adroit manner in which you answered questions.”
- Gerry Giordano, Provost, University of North Florida

“Thank you so much for your excellent presentation. You were by far the most popular and well-received of all our presenters. Our students loved you. They said you were ‘charismatic,’ ‘interesting,’ ‘clear,’ and ‘a nice guy.’ We are grateful.”
- Heidi Goar, Inver Hills Community College