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Eating Animals Summary – Jonathan Safran Foer

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Eating Animals is a part-memoir, part-investigative-journalism philosophical dive into the darkest corners of our dining habits in this fascinating exploration of what we eat and why - by novelist and nonfiction author, Jonathan Safran Foer. (341 pages)

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Eating Animals Summary

This publisher’s blurb comes from the Hatchette paperback version of Eating Animals

“Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is the groundbreaking moral examination of vegetarianism, farming, and the food we eat every day that inspired the documentary of the same name.

Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important.

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” – and a must-read for anyone who cares about building a more humane and healthy world.”

Eating Animals Contents

Eating Animals has 8 main chapters…

  • Storytelling
  • All or Nothing or Something Else
  • Words / Meaning
  • Hiding / Seeking
  • Influence / Speechlessness
  • Slices of Paradise / Pieces of Shit
  • I Do
  • Storytelling

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