September 1, 2010
September 1, 2010
Like many young Americans, Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. 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."
Jonathan Safran Foer recounts the results of his intrepid investigation into factory farming and industrial food production, an endeavor which convinced him of the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Foer, who had been an on-again/off-again vegetarian since childhood, was motivated to solidify his stand on diet by his impending fatherhood. He identifies and investigates the numerous myths that people tell themselves to justify their consumption of meat, from concerns about nutrition to cultural interests to family compromise, and systematically addresses each one through his own experience and his enthusiastic research, which included breaking into a factory farm in the middle of the night to observe their practices. Written with the same compelling wit and vigor which made Foer's first two novels such popular and critical successes, EATING ANIMALS consistently entertains even as it enlightens readers on the extensive detriments of remaining carnivorous.
Genre: Social Science, Technology
Sub-Genre: Food Science
- Genre: Technology, Social Science
- Subgenre: Food Science
- Publisher: Back Bay Books
- Pages: 341
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: September 1, 2010
- Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
- Online Item #: 12698144
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0947
- ISBN: 9780316069885
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported