Read The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat: A Young Woman's Search for Ethical Food Online Free - Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always a black sheep—she barely knew how to boil water for pasta. But at college, she thought she’d discovered her purpose. Buoyed by animal rights activism and a feminist urge to avoid the kitchen, she transformed into a hardcore vegan activist, complete with shaved head.
But Landrigan still hadn’t found her place in the world. She criss-crossed the U.S., striving to develop her career and maintain a relationship. Along the way, she discovered that eating ethically was far from simple—and cutting out meat was not the answer. As she got closer to the source of her food, eventually even visiting a slaughterhouse and hunting elk, Landrigan realized that the most ethical way of eating was to know her food—whether meat or vegetable—and prepare it herself, on her own terms, to eat with family and friends.
Part memoir and part investigative journalism, The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat is as much a search for identity as it is a fascinating treatise on food.
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April 01, 2017
Oh God, another "ethical" butcher. It is so exhausting watching ex-vegetarians talk about how "knowing" someone makes slitting their throat a good thing. It means you betrayed someone who trusted you so you could eat their body or snuck up on someone to shoot them then stalk them as they bleed to...
May 09, 2017
A beautifully written book that explores dietary choice through the lens of privilege, place, community. Landrigan writes, "Food connects us to each other, and when we begin the process of weaving individual lives together, we create an elaborate tapestry known as community. Where food meets peop...
April 02, 2017
Ok so maybe I'm biased, but this is obviously the greatest book ever written by Marissa Landrigan.
May 24, 2017
This book was very eye-opening and really made me think hard about where my food comes from and the agricultural practices at work in the United States. Factory farms are just the beginning of the problem with the food industry and eating ethically is not as black-and-white as it seems. I'll be t...
July 26, 2017
This book really forced me to deal with my own ideals as a vegetarian, and I'm incredibly thankful that someone wrote something so heartfelt, raw, and with the intention of being completely and totally transparent.
April 12, 2017
It is a well written book but I couldn't get over the vivid sickening descriptions of the first chapter. I tried but I wasn't able to finish reading it without my stomach turning.
July 06, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for all the stories, the grappling with identity and food choices, which I definitely could identify with. Marissa threads such an interesting string of experiences living and traveling the country searching for the right place and community much like how the couple...
January 13, 2018
Yes, I read the book. It was advertised as “part memoir and part investigative journalism”, but it is more like 90% memoir and 10% journalism. Very disappointed. I was hoping for something like Omnivore’s Dilemma or Eating Animals.
August 11, 2017
I wish more time would have been spent on how much meat we consume in this country- searching for an ethical meal also should consider how much meat we consume, even if it is the happiest meat on the planet.
May 04, 2017
Review forthcoming at The Rumpus!