Eating Animals: An Exploration of Eating Habits


Today’s Huffington Post announced that the site will be posting responses to Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, Eating Animals. Check out the YouTube video for a peek at what’s behind this nonfiction book that Amazon sums up as follows:

“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….”

The author himself (okay, it’s really the publisher) will be hosting a discussion on his website (also called Eating Animals). The discussion goes live November 2.

I categorized tonight’s post under the topic “Good Reading for Good Eating,” but honestly, I haven’t read the book yet since I just heard about it today. I thought I’d give you all the heads-up about the discussion and I will write my own review (or send a comment to one of the above sites) as soon as I’m done with the book.

If you get to it before I do, let me know what you think!

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One response to “Eating Animals: An Exploration of Eating Habits

  1. I read an excerpt from the book in The New Yorker and found it quite compelling. I’ll be interested to hear what you think!

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