Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran FoerEating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals

byJonathan Safran Foer

Hardcover | November 2, 2009

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Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. 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 Animalsis a book that, in the words of theLos Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer "at the table with our greatest philosophers."
Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the most acclaimed young writers of his generation, a "certified wunderkind" (Time) whose work has appeared inThe Paris Review,The New York Times, andThe New Yorker. He has earned a National Jewish Book Award, a Guardian First Book Award, and remarkable praise for his first two novels,Everything Is Illumi...
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Title:Eating AnimalsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 inPublished:November 2, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Okay recipe book, some good ones to make.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye-Opening and Important This book reveals a lot of hidden truths about animal agriculture. I was already vegan for over three years when I picked this book up, and I still learned a ton of new information. I found it difficult to read at times, as the writing got a bit deep and philosophical for me, but the author struck a good balance between deep thinking and presenting interesting new information that kept me reading. Would recommend to anyone interested in learning about where their food comes from!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Veg Life I've been a vegetarian since I was 13, so I was already a long-standing plant-eater by the time I picked this up. I loved that Jonathan's stance started out quite neutral and the book didn't come across as aggressive radical vegetarian propaganda. It is approachable and as easily recommendable to current-ominvore as to the vegan/vegetarian. It also produces results; my fiancé has been vegetarian since 2011 after reading this.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mandatory reading for anyone who eats meat Having a general sense that our meat production processes are distasteful, and actually learning the cold, hard facts about what it entails are two very different things. This book opened my eyes to the true cost of factory farming, and how it affects not only the lives of the animals themselves, but the impact it has on our health, and the environment as well. I am forever indebted to Jonathan for taking the time to research this issue, and to write about it in such an accessible way. A must read.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is truly interesting and heart wrenching
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Needs To Read This If this book doesn't touch your soul you probably don't have one. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book gave me a chance to think about impact, I like how the book presented itself in stories as well as being informative. the tone didn't make me feel uncomfortable in the sense of extreme views and try to guilt. this book made me feel more open to avoiding animal products.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Changed my life I honestly never thought a book could have such a powerful influence on my diet and the way I lived. But over 7 years ago I read this, and immediately after, I made a conscious effort to change what I was putting in my body. It was an eye-opening book, I would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not For Me I've tried on two different occasions to get through this book. I really wanted to read it, but I just couldn't get through it. It seems very interesting but it just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Important Read For everyone! Whether you care about animals, the environment, or yourself everyone should know about the industry behind what's on our plates every day. You learn a lot and when I finished the book I missed it because i just wanting to keep learning more. Definitely recommend
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very informative This book had lots of information in it about all types of meat processes. It was really good and brings up topics that you wouldn't even think of. I was just becoming vegetarian before I read this, and it really strengthened my beliefs and knowledge in vegetarianism. The only thing is that I wish it was more better organized.. some information was all over the place.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For those who care about animals This book will open your eyes. Whether you are a meat eater or a vegetarian-vegan. You will learn what it means to eat meat, and what those dollars go towards and what they support. For those meat eaters, this will be a hard book to get through. You will learn a lot that may change your life forever.
Date published: 2014-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest and Informative Jonathan touches very fully on many of the issues surrounding eating animals. Letters written by, as well as interviews with, workers from multiple ranches and slaughterhouses, PETA, activists and family farmers give a very honest look from all sides at what eating animals means for people(workers, consumers, those in the third world), the environment and the animals. Jonathan is respectful of the people he interviews, unlike many who write on this topic. This is the least biased book I have read about meat. This is a must read for anyone who wants to be informed on this topic.
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Demanding Read, Moving, Frustrating A tough read to get through. Uses emotionally driven rhetoric to pull at the readers logic and heart strings from beginning to end. Very fact driven. Interesting. As a Canadian, the facts don't carry across the boarder (though it certainly condemns many of our US neighbours!).
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and essential True life-changing books are extremely rare, and Eating Animals is one of them. Jonathan Safran Foer has taken 3 years of his life to get to the bottom of this question, and the result is a captivating, haunting, and mind boggling reading. Animal and Food lovers, this book is for you, an ABSOLUTE MUST!
Date published: 2009-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will change the way you think about "eating animals" If you've ever felt conflicted about eating animals then this book might just push you over the edge. At the very least you will give much more thought to what you're eating. Jonathan Safran Foer could've taken the route many others have taken and simply presented the facts about factory farming (which speak for themselves). But framing it in terms of a personal journey of discovery makes its impact that much greater. In the end, while he himself becomes vegetarian, he stops short of saying everyone else should become one too. His main point is that we all have to make choices about what's important to us, and whatever we decide our actions should reflect what's important to us. Aside from a few short-lived flirtations with vegetarianism, I've eaten meat my entire life. And I never gave much thought to it. I've known about all the horrible practices of factory-farming from PETA newsletters I read in my teenage years, but I always seemed to push it to the back of mind and continued eating meat. Reading this book has definitely changed me. For me to eat meat now would require me to forget about the pain and suffering I'm causing. This book has strengthened my resolve not to forget anymore.
Date published: 2009-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Having heard about this book on Ellen, I decided to look into it. Having read it, i think that this is one of the most insightful, eye-opening and mind-blowing books ever written. It is a sometimes painfully honest account of where our food comes from, and how the production of our meat affects our world, and our bodies. It doesn't harp or push vegetarianism, it just provides truth and allows the reader to think for themselves. I think that it touches on topics that need to be brought to light, and that more people should use it to become educated about the food they eat and the world they live in.
Date published: 2009-11-13

Editorial Reviews

"Some of our finest journalists (Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser) and animal rights activists (Peter Singer, Temple Grandin)--not to mention Gandhi, Jesus, Pythagoras, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke and Immanuel Kant (and so many others)--have hurled themselves against the question of eating meat and the moral issues inherent in killing animals for food. Foer, 32, in this, his first work of nonfiction, intrepidly joins their ranks....It is the kind of wisdom that, in all its humanity and clarity, deserves a place at the table with our greatest philosophers."-Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times