Eating Animals

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Eating Animals

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Exposes common misconceptions about how animals are slaughtered and processed for food, drawing on sources from ranging from popular culture to national tradition to reveal how the meat industry misrepresents its practices.

Hachette Book Group

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood-facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf-his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong. Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits-from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth-and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told-and the stories we now need to tell.

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The award-winning author of Everything Is Illuminated exposes common misconceptions about how animals are slaughtered and processed for food, drawing on sources from popular culture to national tradition to reveal how the meat industry misrepresents its practices.

Authors: Foer, Jonathan Safran, 1977-
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Safran Foer
Title: Eating animals
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: vii, 341 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-331) and index
Contents: Storytelling
All or nothing or something else
Slice of paradise/pieces of shit
I do
Subject Headings: Vegetarianism Philosophy Vegetarianism
Topical Term: Vegetarianism
LCCN: 2009034434
ISBN: 9780316069908
Branch Call Number: 641.303 F
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Sep 06, 2014
  • Whisty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Books like this should be added to all school curriculums' mandatory reading lists. I hope a documentary film of this book will follow soon.

Apr 23, 2014
  • cglasser rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A thoughtful book that explores eating meat from every angle - beginning from a personal standpoint, and expanding to include environmental concerns and animal welfare issues. I found the interviews and research, though the findings were often very disturbing, to be compelling and presented with care. I read this book in a single day. I could not put it down.

Apr 19, 2014
  • akfrye rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

At the center of this book is an essential debate that many in the U.S. and around the world are having about food and food systems. Subsequently, each side carries its polemics, often at the expense of facts and reason.
What I found very compelling about this book is that Safran Foer craftily captures the scope of the American imagination about the topic: naming comprehensively what is at stake, who the major players are, and what it will take to shift our perspectives. And it is done in such a way that his moral indignation for the practice of eating factory farmed meat (the book is tailored more to this argument rather than questioning the philosophical/moral imperatives surrounding "eating animals in general) is felt but not puritanically so.
I read this book in the middle of transitioning from "vegetarianism" to "veganism" and it definitely helped strengthened my convictions while making decisions at the grocery store. However, (and this point is clear in the book), the solution to the problems outlined in the book is not converting everyone to a new diet but making demands to the industries and lawmakers that power the meat/fish/egg/etc system, so I think anyone, regardless of diet preferences/ethics should wander through these pages.

Jul 11, 2012
  • sschwartz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Initially, I found the writing to be a little disjointed; however, I loved the book overall and the overall message. I really didn't know all that he wrote about and it made me feel awful - humans are bleeping awful - how could we even allow this to happen? I have spoken about the book a few times and told people they should read it and I often get a response of "oh, I really don't want to know". Foer makes a quote near the end that was something to the effect of "you are either ignorant or indifferent" and once you are no longer ignorant, it is difficult to remain indifferent. A must must read!

Jul 09, 2012
  • juliabrillinger rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is really interesting and informative and quite well written. However, it'll probably make you stop eating meat.

Jun 07, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A well-researched book, with a variety of interviews and research on how and who your meat comes from. Written from the perspective of a new father who is looking for answers (and certainly doesn't get them from big Ag).

Jun 01, 2012
  • busydizzylizzy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most other books talk about how terrible conditions are for the animals. Safran Foer certainly does that, but he also mentions the effects factory farming has on people. It's a touching book that has made me reconsider how I eat.

Jan 30, 2012
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As essential a book on food and morality as *Food Politics*, *Food, Inc* or anything Michael Pollan has done. Very worth picking up.

Dec 17, 2011
  • alk123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am not a vegetarian or vegan, but this book was excellent. It really made me question the morality of the way I eat.

Jul 26, 2011
  • BookishLady rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is prompting me to think more seriously about where my food comes from - especially meat. Not only is factory farming cruel to animals, it's terrible for the environment, the community it's in, and human health. Ugh. Will definitely make you re-examine your food.

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The latest from novelist Foer is a surprising but characteristically brilliant memoir-investigation, boasting an exhaustively-argued account of one man-child's decade-long struggle with vegetarianism. On the eve of becoming a father, Foer takes all the arguments for and against vegetarianism a neurotic step beyond and, to decide how to feed his coming baby, investigates everything from the intelligence level of our most popular meat providers-cattle, pigs, and poultry-to the specious self-justifications (his own included) for eating some meat products and not others. Foer offers a lighthearted counterpoint to his investigation in doting portraits of his loving grandmother, and her meat-and-potatoes comfort food, leaving him to wrestle with the comparative weight of food's socio-cultural significance and its economic-moral-political meaning. Without pulling any punches-factory farming is given the full expose treatment-Foer combines an array of facts, astutely-written anecdotes, and his furious, inward-spinning energy to make a personal, highly entertaining take on an increasingly visible (and book-selling) moral question; call it, perhaps, An Omnivore's Dilemma.(From Publisher's Weekly)


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