Eating Animals

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Little, Brown, Nov 2, 2009 - Nature - 368 pages
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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.
 

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Best for: Anyone looking for both a philosophical and a reality-based discussion about the decision to consume meat. In a nutshell: When he realizes he is going to be a father, Mr. Foer decides to ... Read full review

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A complete eye opener. This book affected me much more than Food, Inc. I loved that JSF touched upon all topics concerning the meat/dairy industry including health, ethics and environmental concerns. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the meat/dairy industry. Read full review

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Contents

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ANIMAL
ANTHROPODENIAL
BROILER CHICKENS
CAFO
COMFORT FOOD
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CRUELTY
DISCOMFORT FOOD
DOWNER
ENVIRONMENTALISM
FACTORY FARM
FREERANGE
FRESH
HUMAN
INTELLIGENCE?
KFC
KOSHER?
ORGANIC
PROCESSING
SPECIES BARRIER
STRESS
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Acknowledgments
Notes
Words Meaning
Hiding Seeking
Influence Speechlessness
Slices of Paradise Pieces of Shit
I Do
Storytelling
About the Author
Copyright

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Jonathan Safran Foer (born 1977) is an American author best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated (2002) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005). He was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Georgetown Day School and Princeton University. In 2000, Foer was awarded the Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Prize and in 2007 he was included in Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. His forthcoming nonfiction book is entitled, Eating Animals. His title Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close made The N.Y. Times Best Seller List for 2012.