Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

This book is great for people who are just starting to think about their diet. I think the coolest part of the book is the childhood stories and firsthand accounts it includes. Lots of books have very surprising, thought-provoking facts, and this one has plenty. But when we hear about the author sneaking onto a factory farm at midnight or his encounters with different farmers, the book starts to feel almost like a novel, an experience. The book goes into all the effects and terrors of factory farming while providing personal thoughts and insight as well. It is an accessible but informative read.

I can remember one time while I was reading this book that I had left it out and my aunt started to read it. After skimming it for about an hour, she told me that she had decided to be a vegetarian, or would at least cut back on her meat intake. Such is the power of this book: its ability to sort through the idea of vegetarianism and tackle it from every angle, to show a person all different perspectives. It is the perfect mixture of explanatory facts, personal stories, and eye-opening thoughts.

-Simon

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2 responses to “Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

  1. Simon, I love that you have a blog! I’m curious what you took away from the book. What are some major points that encourage you to be vegetarian? I would be interested to read a post about that!

  2. The beginning thoughts post has some things, but since it was my first post, its kind of rough and didn’t come out quite right. Sure, I’ll post something soon about my ideas behind being a vegetarian, including what the book showed me. It might be cool for me and henry to both make a post and compare our thoughts behind vegetarianism.

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