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The Compassionate Carnivore – Catherine Friend

subtitle: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald’s Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat.The book is essentially the opinion of a farmer who is advocating what she considers to be a more humane approach to meat-eating. She has carefully chosen the term “carnivore” instead of the more accurate “omnivore” because she thinks its shock factor has value. The Amazon review:

As a former city-dweller and self-described lesbian, Elvis-loving shepherd, Friend has a unique and intimate perspective on the morals, economics and practicalities of raising and eating meat humanely. With low-key, Midwestern humor, she takes readers on a tour of an abattoir, writes a love letter to her lambs heading for slaughter and relates how chivalry has been bred out of roosters. She delineates the differences between certified organic, certified humane, cage free, free range, and omega 3 eggs; the often-confusing nuances of organic, sustainable and conventional farming; and why, in her opinion, small farms are preferable to big ones. She encourages readers to get to know their local farms and provides questions to ask farmers and butchers about their produce. Readers interested in the subject will likely be familiar with Friend’s overall treatment, but fostering a long-term commitment to the cause, she believes, is an act of respect that will affect the lives of the millions of animals raised in this country every year, and her suggestions are so reasonable that even the most rampant, mainstream meat-eater might consider trying them.

Seriously? “Self-described” lesbian? What does she have to do to earn the title of actual lesbian? And now, a link to her website: http://www.compassionatecarnivore.com/

You dedicated readers of Pale Nerd are free to ask questions about the book if you are curious, but I have been on this here internet for a long time, and I think I finally learned something.

“Don’t post your opinions on the ethics of food on the internet. Only pain and suffering can ensue.”

Okay, two things – “Don’t look up your exboyfriends.” Same outcome.


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Fed Up! – Wendy Oliver-Pyatt

I have been thinking a lot lately about food. I have changed the way I eat, but i am not really ready to talk about this yet (it’s funny how a blog about what you read really tells so much about how you live. I mean, I guess in my case I am a teenage love-sick vampire, but you get my point – it’s hard to write about how you feel about what you read without it reflecting about well, how you feel).

But, this was a self-help book I picked up on the Strand Annex for 70% off (they are closing the downtown location). I bought it because I felt that I needed a diet book, or something to give me some sort of structure – but to my surprise, the book ended up being exactly the opposite. The premise is essentially – stop dieting and just eat. Not a fat-acceptance book, but the idea that diets make you fat, and you always regain and feel like a failure and continue the cycle, but if you just give yourself permission to NOT diet, then you will lose weight because your body will find its natural rhythms and you will stop the cycle of binge eating.

It makes sense to me, and its actually kind of what was going on during the beginning of the summer when I lost a good deal of weight (and have kept most of it off.) The book itself was kind of a “well, duh” but sometimes I think you need to read something and have it codified before it kicks in. I had a conversation this weekend that really struck me. My issues with weight don’t just effect me, they effect those that love me. And I am holding myself back my being so obsessed with my size.

All in all, a decent book for people who struggle with weight or always feel like they are dieting. I particularly liked the portions of the book that talked about doing something with your life that is meaningful and focus more on who you are as a person rather than what your thighs look like. It also had some cool tips and ideas for raising healthy non-fat conscious kids and that’s something I worry about a lot – putting my own neuroses on kids. Also, without being New Age hippie-dippy, it recommends massage. How can you not like a book that recommends massage?

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Setting the Table – Danny Meyer

I am so annoyed because after reading this book, I wrote this whole long email to Danny Meyer and when I went to go cut and paste it into this post, it’s not in my sentbox. I think Gmail lost it! I am too drained to write it again, but the bottom line is this: Great book! It was foods, it was entrepreneurship, it was management styles and it was about hospitality. There were a few lines and passages that I really liked and wanted to make copies for my team about. I really love the whole hospitality industry, but can’t imagine being on the front lines (how can I afford to work as a concierge or waitress again?!) but I do love the “big idea” thinking behind it. Anyway, I always wanted to eat at any of his restaurants, but now I am especially inspired.

The other reason I wanted to write to him? When I went to check the copyright date on this book about hospitality – I noticed that my library copy was a signed one! Talk about the personal touch 🙂


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