Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animalsis a well-researched book that gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at factory farms, so-called humane slaughter-houses, family farms, and tells us the truth about large-scale fishing practices. “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.”
As my son began life and I began this book, it seemed that almost everything he did revolved around eating. . .[f]eeding my child is not like feeding myself: it matters more. It matters because food matters (his physical health matters, the pleasure of eating matters), and because the stories that are served with food matter. These stories bind our family together, and bind our family to others (p.11).
Where I am coming from – I’ve been vegan for 9 years. I have never been preachy, or solicited my opinions unless asked – and even then, have felt uncomfortable providing information. I have found that when people ask for my reasons they are actually just looking to justify their own eating habits, or to find a hole in my story. People get very defensive about what they choose to eat!
Perhaps, if you are looking for light bed-time reading, this book wouldn’t be recommended (or, you should just read this at another time), but if you are looking for a well-written book by a great author who looks at the issues from many different angles and presents facts and figures in a non-judgemental preachy way, this is perfect for you. Foer doesn’t just interview industry insiders, he allows them to speak for themselves in an unedited way. I have enjoyed Jonathan Safran Foer’s novels – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close andEverything is Illuminated(turned in to a great movie starring Elijah Wood!), and appreciate his style of writing, which continues in this non-fiction book as well.
You can win this trade paperback book!
Winners Kiddo Merriweather, Erin @ Canadian giveaways, and nfmgirl – they have been contacted.