The Butcher and the Vegetarian

The Butcher and the Vegetarian

One Woman's Romp Through A World of Men, Meat, and Moral Crisis

Book - 2010
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Growing up in a family that kept jars of bean sprouts on its windowsill before such things were desirable or hip, Tara Austen Weaver never thought she'd stray from vegetarianism. But as an adult, she found herself in poor health, and, having tried cures of every kind, a doctor finally ordered her to eat meat. Warily, she ventured into the butcher shop, and as the man behind the counter wrapped up her first-ever chicken, she found herself charmed. Eventually, he dared her to cook her way through his meat counter. As Tara navigates through this new world--grass-fed beef vs. grain-fed beef; finding chickens that are truly free-range-- she's tempted to give up and go back to eating tempeh. The more she learns about meat and how it's produced, and the effects eating it has on the human body and the planet, the less she feels she knows. She embarks upon a sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening whirlwind tour that takes her from slaughterhouse to chef's table, from urban farm to thehearthside of cow wranglers. Along the way, she meets an unforgettable cast of characters who all seem to take a vested interest in whether she opts for turnips or T-bones. The Butcher and the Vegetarian is the rollicking and relevant story of one woman's quest to reconcile a nontraditional upbringing with carnal desires.

Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2010.
ISBN: 9781605299969
1605299960
Characteristics: ix, 228 p. ; 24 cm.

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andrea_gregus
Mar 18, 2013

This was an easy read, interesting to accompany Tara on her journey through trying to figure out "healthy eating" for herself - delving into the world of eating meat. Informative as well as she explores the health and environmental implications of the food choices we make.

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AndreaSmedley
Feb 24, 2013

I thought it was a chic lit book too, but it was more something of a girl with an eating disorder.

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mcchan
Apr 27, 2010

I was surprised by what the book actually was. I think this is because of the tag line on the cover - it made it seem as though it would be chic lit love story, but nope! It is a memoir. This work read more like an essay looking at different aspects of the food/agri industry with little personal anecdotes along the way. Even though it's a memoir I felt I don't 'know' the author as well at the end of it relative to other memoirs. Although I wasn't expecting anything, I am a little disappointed that it wasn't more personable, especially since the author has arisen from the blogosphere. That said, it wasn't /that/ awful. I would recommend it to folks who are already familiar with the sub/culture of food; michael pollan; different diets (local, raw etc.).

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