Adrienne Rose Bitar (neé Johnson) is a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. She specializes in the history and culture of American food and health. Her first book, Diet and the Disease of Civilization, was published January 2018 with Rutgers University Press. The first full-length study of diet books, Diet and the Disease of Civilization reveals how 20th century dieting systems have articulated a powerful response to anxieties about the psychic and physical costs of modernity. Following an imaginary chronology of human origins, the book examines Paleolithic diets, biblical diets, precolonial diets, and environmentalist detoxification programs.