Synopses & Reviews
Insects. Theyand#8217;re whatand#8217;s for dinner. Can you imagine a world in which that simple statement is not only true but in fact an unremarkable part of daily life? Daniella Martin, entomophagist and blogger, can.
In this rollicking excursion into the world of edible insects, Martin takes us to the front lines of the next big trend in the global food movement and shows us how insects just might be the key to solving world hunger. Along the way, we sample moth larvae tacos at the Don Bugito food cart in San Francisco, travel to Copenhagen to meet the experimental tasters at Nomaand#8217;s Nordic Food Lab, gawk at the insects stocked in the frozen food aisle at Thailandand#8217;s Costco, and even crash an underground bug-eating club in Tokyo.
Martin argues that bugs have long been an important part of indigenous diets and cuisines around the world, and investigates our own cultureand#8217;s bias against their use as a food source. She shines a light on the cutting-edge research of Marcel Dicke and other scientists who are only now beginning to determine the nutritional makeup of insects and champion them as an efficient and sustainable food source.
Whether you love or hate bugs, Edible will radically change the way you think about the global food crisis and perhaps persuade you that insects are much more than a common pest. For the adventurous, the book includes an illustrated list of edible insects, recipes, and instructions on how to raise bugs at home.
"The latest from novelist Foer is a surprising but characteristically brilliant memoir-investigation, boasting an exhaustively-argued account of one man-child's decade-long struggle with vegetarianism. On the eve of becoming a father, Foer takes all the arguments for and against vegetarianism a neurotic step beyond and, to decide how to feed his coming baby, investigates everything from the intelligence level of our most popular meat providers — cattle, pigs, and poultry — to the specious self-justifications (his own included) for eating some meat products and not others. Foer offers a lighthearted counterpoint to his investigation in doting portraits of his loving grandmother, and her meat-and-potatoes comfort food, leaving him to wrestle with the comparative weight of food's socio-cultural significance and its economic-moral-political meaning. Without pulling any punches — factory farming is given the full exposé treatment — Foer combines an array of facts, astutely-written anecdotes, and his furious, inward-spinning energy to make a personal, highly entertaining take on an increasingly visible (and book-selling) moral question; call it, perhaps, An Omnivore's Dilemma." (Starred Review) Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[Unusual for his] empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument." O, The Oprah Magazine
"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
"Stirring....compelling, earnest...Foer brings an invigorating moral clarity to the topic." Entertainment Weekly
"[Eating Animals] is a postmodern version of Peter Singer's 1975 manifesto Animal Liberation...Foer is the latest in a long line of distinguished literary vegetarians." New York Times Book Review
"Eating Animals isn't just an anti-meat screed, or an impassioned case for vegetarianism. Instead, Foer tells a story that is part memoir and part investigative report....It's a book that takes America's meat-dominated diet to task."--NPR, All Things Considered
"Foer's aim is not to make your choice, but to inform it. He has done us all a great service, and we, and the animals, owe him our thanks."--Andrew Weil, MD
"A work of moral philosophy....The fact that Foer makes me wonder whether I'm being, at best, a hypocrite every time I eat a piece of beef suggests he's completely successful in at least one ambition." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Extraordinarily thoughtful and intelligent." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Eating Animals stands as a pop-cultural landmark, destined to be the starting point for a lot of overdue conversations." --Philadelphia Daily News
"The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly, and the case against the people who run the system presented so convincingly, that anyone who, after reading Foer's book, continues to consume the industry's products must be without a heart, or impervious to reason, or both."
"Eating Animals carefully, deliberately, takes you through every relevant dimension of factory farming...One sees it from the inside, the outside, the moral high ground, the dithering consumer level, through Foer's family stories, from slaughterhouse workers, animal behaviorists, even from defenders of the system... Foer's aim is not to make your choice, but to inform it. He has done us all a great service, and we, and the animals, owe him our thanks."--Dr. Andrew Weil, The Huffington Post
"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
"A work of moral philosophy...After reading this book, it's hard to disagree [with Foer]."--Geoff Nicholson, San Francisco Chronicle
Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between carnivore and vegetarian. As he became a husband and a father, he kept returning to two questions: Why do we eat animals? And would we eat them if we knew how they got on our dinner plates?
Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, and his own undercover 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 justify a brutal ignorance.
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 Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, huge bestsellers, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told — and the stories we now need to tell.
Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, and Foer's own undercover detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions people use to justify their eating habits — from folklore and family traditions to national myth — and how such tales justify a brutal ignorance.
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."
In the tradition of Michael Pollan and Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, an anthropologist makes the case for why insects are the key to solving the worldand#8217;s food problems.
About the Author
Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the most acclaimed young writers of his generation, a "certified wunderkind" (Time) whose work has appeared in The Paris Review, the New York Times, and the 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 Illuminated (adapted for film in 2005) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Eating Animals is his first work of nonfiction.
Table of Contents
2.and#160;The Real Paleo Dietand#8195;31
3.and#160;Why Eat Bugs?and#8195;51
4.and#160;In the Mouth of the Beholderand#8195;73
6.and#160;Learning How to Tasteand#8195;113
7.and#160;In the Mouth of the Beholderand#8195;127
8.and#160;When in Thailandand#8195;139
9.and#160;The Final Frontierand#8195;157
How to Raise Bugs at Homeand#8195;179
The Essential List of Edible Insectsand#8195;187
Delectable Edible Insect Recipesand#8195;225
About the Authorand#8195;243
Review A Day
"Since Eating Animals
has a specific agenda — to change the way we relate to animals — Foer needs to find readers among omnivores. It's thus admirable, both morally and rhetorically, that he goes to some lengths to accommodate readers who might initially be reluctant to have their diets challenged. He is honest and fair and empathetic. He gives voice to all the people he writes about, so each position receives its strongest articulation." Scott Parker, Rain Taxi
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