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Living Among Meat Eaters by Carol J. Adams
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Jun 29, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: non-fiction

I read this book before going to visit cattle-raising, hunting, fishing, meat-loving in-laws. I was hoping for some guidance about negotiating meals with folks who honestly are completely puzzled about why one would opt to not eat meat. The book was pretty condescending to omnivores describing them as "blocked vegetarians." It assumed all veggie love was based on a profound love of animals. People are vegetarian for a lot of different reasons. The book encouraged not discussing one's choice to not eat "flesh" during meal times. This, of course, happens to vegetarians or people who have lots of food allergies or refuse to eat green things all the time. Shutting the conversation down doesn't seem polite or useful.
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