Eating Animals

Hardcover | November 2, 2009

byJonathan Safran Foer

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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 Animalsexplores 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. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books,Everything is IlluminatedandExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved,Eating Animalsis a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told-and the stories we now need to tell.

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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 midd...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 inPublished:November 2, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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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 out of 5 by from Makes one think. Suspicions confirmed about the industry. Enjoyable read, specifically the references to personal experience.
Date published: 2012-08-23
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

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"Foer's case for ethical vegetarianism is wholly compelling...A blend of solid-and discomforting-reportage with fierce advocacy that will make committed carnivores squeal."-Kirkus Reviews