Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Book - 2009
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Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is the groundbreaking moral examination of vegetarianism, farming, and the food we eat every day that inspired the documentary of the same name.

Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices-but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important.

Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill.

Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times , places Jonathan Safran Foer "at the table with our greatest philosophers" -and a must-read for anyone who cares about building a more humane and healthy world.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316069908
Branch Call Number: 613.262 F684e
Characteristics: 341p


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britprincess1ajax May 09, 2016

One of the best arguments for a vegetarian (or vegan) diet, EATING ANIMALS is not preachy. It's level-headed and brutally honest and, ultimately, a very strong book for it. Its research and anecdotes only craft a better book. Foer's EATING ANIMALS moved people I know to eat better and become vegetarians for not just the animals but for themselves, and I now eat differently -- not a vegetarian, but more mindfully -- as a result of this remarkable piece of non-fiction. I absolutely recommend EATING ANIMALS to everyone, young and old. It is essential reading.

Oct 05, 2015

Starts out as an enquiry into eating animals and ends as an indictment of factory farming. Lots of notes and sources, though with many basic shortcomings like not indicating the publisher or year of the item. There was no bibliography, and no glossary either, though there are a lot of odd and euphemistic words in the food industry. The writing is simple - a 13 year old can read it - though the argument (which Foer insists he is not making) is rather weak.

Jan 10, 2015

Anyone who ever has or ever will eat meat should read this book. Foer is able to tell a story and give the facts, a very difficult thing to do on this subject.

Dec 05, 2014

Absolutely amazing book. Completely changed my perspective. Must read, for everyone.

Sep 06, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 07, 2012

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).

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nypl_epiphany Jun 25, 2012

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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