Fedoroff’s expertise is not established through highly convoluted scientific jargon. Instead, she shows her deep understanding of plant biotechnology by explaining difficult scientific topics in conversational terms. It is unfair to say that the book is a light read, as it certainly requires concentration to grasp the difficult concepts like transposons and epigenetics. Fortunately, the book’s co-author Nancy Marie Brown helps elucidate confusion surrounding these topics. Brown has been a science writer since 1981 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing and a master’s degree in comparative literature from Pennsylvania State University. Since then, she has worked as a writer and editor for the sciences at her alma mater. Additionally, she is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. With the assistance of Brown’s writing ability, Fedoroff establishes her qualifications on plant biotechnology and conveys her views clearly and concisely, making Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist’s View of Genetically Modified Foods much more accessible to the public (Nancy Marie Brown).
By maintaining a largely fact-based and scientific perspective throughout the book, Fedoroff furthers her credibility. Plant biotechnology is Fedoroff’s life’s work, earning her a plethora of honors and awards. Thus, it is only natural for her to be more in favor of the pro-plant biotechnology view she argues for in her book. However, Fedoroff maintains a neutral stance for the rest of her