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Book Review: The Way We Eat

the way we eat bookPeter Singer, a bio-ethicist at Princeton University and Jim Mason, who grew up as a fifth generation farmer, have written this book, an engaging tell-all about the origins of the food in your fridge.

Their voyage literally begins at the dinner table of three average American families with differing tastes and socio-economic backgrounds and continues as the authors set out to trace the provenance of the foods we eat, with stops along the way to check out the validity of labels such as “Certified Humane.”

One highlight of The Way We Eat, is that it concludes with five simple principles that consumers can use to make better food choices.

However, a warning is in order. After reading this book, you will never look at turkey in the same way (let alone want to eat it) and will understand why the terms “turkey” and “sexual politics” can be appropriately used in the same sentence.


posted on March 1, 2007, 2 comments

  1. Emily

    Hi Elana,
    I’ve requested this book from my library! It’s been 2 1/2 years now since I’ve started eliminating foods and discovering creative ways to prepare fresh healthy meals that won’t make me sick. The better my body feels the more I want to learn about why and how foods affect us, so I appreciate your book recommendations!
    I see your comment about turkey; you still eat it after reading this though don’t you? I am curious; do you only eat salmon, chicken, and turkey? Any red meats, like lamb? I see only poultry and salmon recipes on your website.
    Thanks and have a lovely Monday (it’s snowing here!)

  2. Emily,

    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I stick to fish and poultry, I’ve not ever really had a hunkering for the red meat.

    No snow here, just cold and wind.

    Take Care,
    Elana

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