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November 6, 2009

On The Nightstand

Jonathan Safran Foer has written a thought-provoking book titled Eating Animals. With the impending birth of his child, he decided to be more conscious about choices he made about food.

Like most people, I'd given some thought to what meat actually is, but until I became a father and faced the prospect of having to make food choices on someone else's behalf, there was no urgency to get to the bottom of things.

Filled with sweet anecdotes about culinary family traditions and the family dog, the book also examines deeper issues, sometimes uncomfortable examinations about why we eat the way we do. An essay by the author is available on CNN Opinion.

If you are interested in this genre of reading, I can also recommend The Ethical Gourmet by Jay Weinstein, In Defense of Food and Omnivore's Dilemma both by Michael Pollan, and the very first book I read on the politics of food back in the 1990s: Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe.

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