Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Eating Animals: Review and Giveaway

About The Book:

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."

About The Author:

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages. Everything Is Illuminated received a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award, and was made into a film by Liev Schreiber. Foer lives in Brooklyn.

My Review:

Wow, this book was a very eye-opening reading experience. The author takes you on a journey of his choices about eating meat, yet implores the reader to make their own decisions about eating meat, not just follow him. 

The book is very informative and well-researched. It is written in a narrative form, so not full of stuffy statistics, and is very easy to read. You will be given the facts about the food industry, and controversies that currently exist within the industry, not so much to preach an anti-meat message, but more to open up conversations amongst one another.   I would also recommend watching the documentary Food Inc. as a complementary medium to this book. 

As a Canadian, I know that standards for manufacturing meat and other foods is different from the United States, which Foer refers primarily to, but I am still pretty worried about the direction the food industry is going. If it occurs in the U.S. you can be sure that there are similar issues here in Canada.

While I currently do eat meat, I have been cutting back significantly and do like the idea of living a vegetarian lifestyle. Now to convince the hubby that it is a good idea!

If you are looking for a book about the ethics of the food industry, specifically meats, this would be an ideal book for you too read. I highly recommend it!

BUY IT:  You can purchase Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer online at and - it is also available through your favorite, local bookseller.

WIN IT: Three (3) readers will win a copy of Eating Animals 

MANDATORY ENTRY: Head over to Hachette Book Group and tell one one book you would love to read




***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Hachette Book Group. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


  1. Wow...sounds like a very interesting read! I'd love to win a copy of it.

  2. I would love to read The Reversal by Michael Connelly as I am a big fan of this type of book. I might add that reading the book, The Jungle, about the meat industry, while I was in high school really made an impact on me. I would love to discover if Eating Animals has a similar impact.

    Thank you,


  3. I would like to read Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons from Hachette. Thanks. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. A book that I am interested in reading is Try to Remember. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. The Brave by Nicholas Evans would be interesting.


  6. Would love to read Jon Stewart's new book

  7. I would love to read the book Room by Emma Donoghue!

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  8. I want to read Finders Keepers by Craig Childs.