I posted my review of Eating Animals on the examiner site yesterday. I’m so grateful for what I consider to be a brilliant and important book. (And let me just say, as a complete aside, that it also has what is one of my all-time favorite covers!)
Jonathan Safran Foer has a unique talent for educating people about the horrors of factory farming through an engaging storytelling approach. No one can deny the impact that this book is having on readers. It’s likely to reach many more mainstream consumers than any other book so far on this subject, with the exception of the much more tepid Omnivore’s Dilemma.
I’ve been reading lots of reviews and discussion about the book and have compiled a few favorites. Eating Animals is not a perfect book by any means. And there are definitely some things that Foer doesn’t “get.” And yet, if every person in the country read this book, I think it would begin to change attitudes not just toward factory farming, but toward animals as well. And we need as many vehicles for changing attitudes as we can get.
This is my review of Eating Animals on examiner.com.
And here are some other reviews that I like a lot.
Erika Ritter, reviewing the book for The Globe and Mail says “Jonathan Foer’s book does more to afflict the comfortable than it does to hamper the struggle to bring non-humans within the purview of ethical consideration. Ultimately, the readership of The New Yorker, The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, along with the fans of Michael Pollan and humane slaughterer Temple Grandin, are going to have to reckon with the vast unease generated by Eating Animals.”
In the Huffington Post, Rabbi David Wolpe says “I hope this book falls with an explosive charge on the somnolent consciences of meat-eating Americans. We know something of the agony, waste, disease and unhealthiness behind the gleaming counters. Perhaps Eating Animals will persuade us to stop pretending to be asleep.”
On vegan.com, Erik Marcus wrote: Not only is Foer’s writing first-rate, the research that went into this book was a massive undertaking. I write on this subject daily, and still learned things on every page.
Finally, I liked this review by Geoff Nicholson in the San Francisco Chronicle. He says that Eating Animals is “ultimately a work of moral philosophy. Having made us long for humane farming methods, he then concludes that ethically there’s no such thing.”