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The acclaimed novelist (Everything Is Illulminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) travels 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 secures Foer 'a place at the table with our greatest philosophers.' 368p.Pap.

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Celebrated novelist Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2005, etc.) examines the ethics and practical realities of eating things with faces.The author's first book-length work of nonfiction opens with a reminiscence of a grandmother who scraped for food to stay alive during the dark years of the Holocaust, yet refused to violate kashrut law to eat a proffered piece of pork, saying, "If nothing matters, there's nothing to save." Against that time of want and the food insecurity his grandmother expressed for the rest of her life, Foer examines this time of too-muchness, of cupboards full of luxuries and days full of meaty meals made possible by an elaborate system of factories, stockyards and slaughterhouses. "Eating animals," he writes, "is one of those topics, like abortion, where it is impossible to definitively know some of the most important details…and that cuts right to one's deepest discomforts, often provoking defensiveness or aggression." To his credit, the author is not shy of exploring his own discomforts while engaging in near-Talmudic analyses of the finer points of being a carnivore: If a pig is as smart as, if not smarter, than a dog and just as fond of playing with toys, then why aren't they allowed to curl up next to the fire with us? Of course, Foer allows, there are cultures where eating dogs is considered a good thing, though none that come to mind where having pigs as pets is common. Given the environmental costs of eating meat—"for every ten tuna, sharks, and other large predatory fish that were in our oceans fifty to a hundred years ago, only one is left"—and the looming sense that a time of scarcity is again in the offing, 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. Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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    Mr. Foer had a son. Faced with the uncomfortable prospect of explaining to his child why we eat some animals and not others, he set out on a journey to understand the world’s obsession with eating meat, whether we need to eat meat and how exactly our meat is being processed. The facts he uncovers is hardly new but the results of his in-depth and total immersion into the subject is still shocking, disturbing and stomach wrenching. He doesn’t demand that people give up eating meat only that they give grave consideration as to whether eating animal flesh is worth it. He lays out the cost to the animal (brutal living conditions we wouldn’t subject a criminal to), the damage to the environment (run-off and emissions from factory farms frequently pollute ground water and the air, e.g.) and the ultimate cost to human beings (meat and dairy hasn’t been proved to be particularly beneficial and it’s well known that vegetarians live long, healthy lives with fewer diseases than omnivores). That having been stated, he then goes on to show that it’s possible to eat meat from dedicated old-time farmers who make certain the animals live clean, healthy lives just the way animals should. While Mr. Foer has decided to become 100% vegetarian, he does concede that meat has a powerful allure and fascination that vegetables do not. He understands that the world will not wake up and become vegetarian in this generation or even the next no matter what his personal tastes are. He merely lays out his findings and conclusions in a rational, calm tone that avoids preaching or shrill proselytizing.