The Butcher and the Vegetarian

The Butcher and the Vegetarian

Aug 10

Book Review

Finished reading The Butcher and The Vegetarian by Tara Austen Weaver. And I am thoroughly delighted with it.

It is essentially about Tara’s journey from Veghead to MeatEater. She was born to a hippy mother, and was raised as a strict vegetarian. Now an adult, she admits to eating meat at friend’s houses’ and sometimes in restaurants, but she always cooked veg at home for herself. However, with some medical problems (some thyroid and other undiagnosed problems) in her 30′s, a doctor tells her she needs to start eating meat to help her body. So she sets off to figure out “Should we eat meat, how much meat should we eat, where do you buy it and how the heck do you cook it? With the redemption of broccoli on one shoulder, the temptation of bacon on the other, she tries to figure out the world of meat and the men who live in it.”

Overall a very interesting read. I was funny and strange to hear the other side of the story so to speak. So many books are about eating less meat or eating no meat, and here is one that’s the story of someone doing the opposite. Plus, call me naive, but I have always thought people grow up and decide to be a vegetarian, not that there are children out there raised as one.

One reason why I liked this book, was that it was informative about issues surrounding meat, (Should we eat it? How is it raised? Can you raise it kindly? What does it do to our bodies? etc.) but told in a story form, not chapters of scientific data. Now, the facts and issues she states, while not cited, have been confirmed with a quick internet search or comparing facts from the more scientific books John is reading. Which really makes Tara’s book great, all this important data is given in an easy to read form. Oddly enough John is reading ‘Righteous Porkchop’ and ‘Omnivore’s Dilemma’ and a lot of the same issues John was talking about from those books were in ‘The Butcher and The Vegetarian’ too.

I could have done without Tara’s parallel between meat and sex and her story about being raped. I still am not sure how that really was important to the book, but that aside, I thoroughly suggest this book to you all. (and those of you in Orlando, the public library has it, and you can check it out as soon as I return it :)

1 comment

  1. Jess

    Laura, can you give us a crib version? What was her verdicton how we should eat meat?

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