Marsha's Reviews > The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World's Fiercest Food Fight

The Foie Gras Wars by Mark Caro
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Apr 13, 12

bookshelves: cooking-food-wine, history, non-fiction, owned-books
Read in May, 2010

We are living in an age when it’s no longer enough to sit down and enjoy a meal. There are people ready to take up the cudgels to protect animals and there are those just as fierce in their determination to kill, prepare and eat anything that ever drew breath. This book digs deep into the rationale, philosophies, politics, history and social mores of the passionate adherents on both sides of the question. To eat meat or not? And if you eat meat, where do you stop? Whether you eat fois gras or have never even heard of the stuff (“It comes from what?!?”), you’ll likely have an opinion yourself about whether it should be eaten by human beings or simply find yourself arguing out loud, defending your food choices, as you read. An engaging, absorbing book about the historical nature of food stuff in particular and mankind’s eating habits in general.
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