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Preview — The Mindful Carnivore by Tovar Cerulli
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The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance
While still in high school, Tovar Cerulli began to experiment with vegetarianism. By the age of twenty, he was a vegan. Ten years later, in the face of declining health, he found himself heading into the woods, rifle in hand.
Through his perso ...more
Throughout his life, Tovar Cerulli has spent more time outdoors and observing nature than most people do. His childhood gave him a deep appreciation of how each animal is important to the natural world, and he came away with a deep reverence for all kinds of life. His experiences with fishing as a child also gave him an understanding of where his food comes from, and how it connects him back to the wider world. As an adult, this awareness led to Cerulli be ...more
Definitely got me thinking more about how unmindful we can be about the choices we make regarding food.
I especially enjoyed his commentary on those who make an almost militant argument for vegetarianism or vegan lifestyles based on ethical issues. There are so many animals that end up dying in order to give us our wheat, greens, and other veggies.
I initially picked up this book at a used and new bookstore in Burlington, and was attracted to both the title and the fact that it was written by a local author from Vermont. My interest in the title was sparked because of my sister, who has been living as a vegan for at least two years. Early in her transition, I had even considered becoming a vegan myself, torn between m ...more
So I was pleased to read a perspective from someone who didn't have a hunting background and ...more
I agree with many of his conclusions, one of which is that many people are allowing others to take their burdens (you might be vegetarian but animals and insects and birds still made the sacrifice for you to get ...more
So it's a good idea for a book and some parts work really well, but the majority I just wanted to skip and really wish where cut out or redone.
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Rest assured, his journey is far from a navel-gazing or vain adventure. In his writing, Cerulli interweaves literary influences and meditations that span from Buddhi ...more
I really don’t know what I expected about the book but it raised som ...more
If I had picked up the book without any knowledge of the author, I frankly would have enjoyed the book as much – books that make you think are my favorite.
A tough subject? Indeed – hunting and ...more
I liked the frankness of his doctor, an admitedly "crunchy," telling him he needs animal protein. The journey of he and his wife experiencing feeding their bodies as they are meant to be fed and re-learning to trust what the human body hung ...more
This long-winded preamble i ...more
The Mindful Carnivore details the author's journey -- physical, spiritual and emotional -- from a vegan lifestyle to that of a full-fledged hunting/fishing carnivore. The book starts out well enough but, for myself at least, it bogged down too heavily in autobiographical detail in the middle and later chapters.
Tovar Cerulli is a thoughtful writer, and that comes across clearly in his reflection on food and our relationship to it, particularly in regards to what it means to eat the flesh of a...more
Tovar explores both worlds and presents a compelling story on why it is OK to eat meat, but not for the reasons that you might think.The key word in this title is "Mindful". Mindful eating whether it be plant or meat, is what we should be striving for. We need to become more aware of how we get our food, and what we are doing to the planet in order to get food. Food whether from meat or veggies com ...more
He begins the loop as a young boy shooting a backyard bird, he journeys to full out veganism and somehow ends up hunting and fishing for proteins.
Though it did nothing for the vegetarian menu at our house, it reminded me that no matter what we choose to eat, th ...more
He lives in Vermont with h ...more