Every Meal is Illuminated

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Over the weekend, the New York Times “Food Issue” featured the ingenious Jonathan Safran Foer’s (“Everything Is Illuminated”) article “Against Meat“. This article is adapted from his coming book, “Eating Animals,” which will be published in November. You can read an interview with him about the project here. Thanks to our friends at Dawnwatch for pointing this out!

Eating Animals

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. 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, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we’ve told-and the stories we now need to tell. – Amazon.com


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  • Kevin

    He’s not vegan, but in the interview with him that is linked to in this post (by clicking on his photo), he says that he plans to go vegan along with his wife. He also says about veganism:

    “Veganism is hard. It separates you from a lot of social occasions. … Eating as a vegan would preclude a lot of restaurants and a lot of occasions.”

    I still wanna read his book though.

  • http://veganomnimedia.wordpress.com eatingconsciously

    This is nice, but I was trying to figure out if he actually advocates for veganism? I first heard about him a few weeks ago when Martha Stewart mentioned he would be on her show (Nov. 2nd I think?) and I did some research to find out what he was all about. I just hope it’s not another Michael Pollan, choose “ethical” animal products kind of thing.

  • http://www.ravenandcrowstudio.com/ troy

    This is excellent. Very excited about this coming out.

  • http://veganomnimedia.wordpress.com eatingconsciously


    It will be interesting to see how this is accepted by the vegan/animal rights community.

  • http://veganomnimedia.wordpress.com eatingconsciously

    and thanks for the info!!