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The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  86 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Carnivorism 101: A Pop Quiz

On average, Americans eat how many pounds of beef per person per year?

The origin of foie gras dates back to:
China, 550 BC
France, 1780
Egypt, 2500 BC
Israel, 1940s

The following meat is NOT approved for retail sale in the United States, even with USDA inspection:
Island Fox

From 1998-2003, PETA killed how many animals
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Broadway (first published 2008)
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Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, fine: it might seem a little unfair to add this one because, well, I wrote it. But I did actually read it (a nauseatingly number of times, in fact), so I think it's an appropriate add, right? Kind of like voting for yourself in an election, I imagine. Sufficed to say, I hope all of you out there will want to read it, and if you do, don't be shy to say what you think!
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who eats
Shelves: non-fiction
Mr. Gold written a thoroughly entertaining, informative, interesting, and fun book. Quite zealous about meat in general and most food from meat in particular, Scott takes us through a journey of the strange and wonderful meats he east, both delicious (most) and disgusting (few). His accounts of 31 animals in 31 days, the Testicle Festival in Montana, slaughtering a cow and eating each edible part of the cow are all fun to read and informative. He walks the line between being fun and humorous and ...more
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Ted Nugent or a Caveman who can read.
Recommended to Dean by: no one.
I really liked this book...but I didn't love it. You can have an interesting Idea and if you are not a particularly good's just not going to do diddly for you.
This would have been a good long Magazine Article,or even a serialized Magazine Article..but there is not enough here for a real book..and a lot of the stuff in here just looks like though the Editor said..hey..this is too short,you need to put more in here.

It's a nice book,and it's amusing,but definately not worth a
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
I was really taken by the concept of this book. What's not to love about someone trying different types of meat and discussing a critical issue for the conscientious omnivore - is it okay to eat meat? I hate to say poorly executed, but that's what it seemed to me.
Oct 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ben by: Holly
Shelves: humor
A fun read that revels in all things meat. The book is primarily made up of the description of Gold's attempt to eat 31 different animals in 31 days, his ruminations on the morality of eating meat (oddly enough, he finds it moral), his attempt to eat every single part of the cow, his participation in butchering a cow and even the week he spends as a vegetarian. Gold loves all things meat and meat related, and that love comes through strongly in his writing.

Despite the title, Gold doesn't advoca
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: meat lovers
This book is not so much a manifesto for meat lovers as much as the author's adventures in the land of meat. There is hardly a meat the author doesn't try, including guinea pig (served whole) and snake. He goes squirrel hunting (compare that to the pig hunting of the author of Omnivore's Dilemma), and finds a website that ships exotic meats ( in San Antonio!). He even assists in a slaughtering and butchering of a young steer. This man is dedicated to meat.

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Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, food
I found this mildly entertaining, although it's really more a personal recounting of the author's attempts to eat varied types of meat (we're talking about guinea pig, snake, and cow brain here) rather than a genuine discussion about meat, how we raise it, why we eat it. I can't blame Gold for his gusto, but I can't help feeling that there was a lost opportunity here -- he did mention sustainable farming practices and spoke with a Buddhist monk for his take, but everything's secondary to his own ...more
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reading this hugely entertaining book was a lot like talking to my DH. The author and the meat aficionado with whom I live share the gospel of fat, the way of proper cooking, and the adventure of the organ meats. In other words, there wasn't a lot of new territory covered for me, but the ride was a lot of fun. Perhaps my favorite chapter was the one in which Gold participated in butchering a steer. He touched very nearly on the sacred, and brought tears to my eyes. There's a reverence I've noted ...more
Apr 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book angered me, because the concept had some promise, and the author totally butchered (pun intended) what could have been a really interesting read. It's riddled with jokes that aren't funny, disjointed writing, and a general "dude" vibe that was kind of a turn-off to a woman who likes - and is curious to learn more about - meat.

I'd really like to rewrite this book to make it more accessible to people who a) don't appreciate lame jokes, b) don't want to take the word of the National Beef
Dec 21, 2010 added it
Shelves: recycle-bin
Note: I gave up on this book. I hated picking it up every night.

This book is a slow form of torture for me. I am truly struggling to get through it. I picked it up with the thought of trying to understand someone else's point of view. The author seems to enjoy eating everything from kangaroo, guinea pigs, etc. He tries to be humorous but I find it sickening. I love how he touts the health benefits of eating meat. Must have gotten a kickback from some industrial factory farm to write such propag
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: idea-driven
As my wife (all the time) and my daughter, for the most part, are vegetarians, I am the shameless carnivore of my family, although, I've always thought of myself as an omnivore. I am shameless about eating meat however, at least as defined in the book. So I feel a great affinity with the author. I also grew up in New Orleans. Maybe there are more commonalities between us. The most appetizing portions of the book are the many adventures the author describes. Although meaty, the book was prepared ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, food
The reason why I read this book is yes I am a lover of meats and enjoy trying out different kinds of meats.

This book is a mildly amusing read of one guy who loves meat and goes out to try different types of meats out there. It's filled with small facts and horrible jokes as he goes about the country in attempt to complete his goals. It took quite a bit of effort to keep my attention on the book due to it kinda jumping all over the place in attempt to explain his story and reason to why eating m
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it
A very fun book on the subject of... meat. I was in a store and randomly opened the book to a page where he is describing his quest to find roasted guinea pig. A friend suggests that he go to a pet store and buy one. Although he did not do this, I laughed a lot. I had had similar thoughts about guinea pig a couple of months prior(I didn't do this either).

The writing is pretty good and he does go into some interesting explorations of lesser known meats. However in general, I found it to be less i
I'm right in line with most of the arguments that Scott makes. I also enjoyed some of his food writing. But on the whole I found the book disappointing. It needed more depth, more sources, more rigor of thought, more pruning, less self-indulgence (in the writing -- the indulgence in the eating is totally fine). If you're interested in the subject, it may be worth skimming for the good parts, but on the whole, it was only just okay. Thus the two stars.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Scott Gold eats 31 different animals in a month. He describes his adventures with so much gushing emotion that it is close to food porn. His writing style is very engaging and hooked me in.

I read this book while flying to the west coast and couldn't wait to grab myself a juicy enchilada right after landing. Read with caution.
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: meat eaters
I loved reading about Scott Gold's adventures with meat. It was witty and delicious. And I learned a bit about meat -- how different meat products are farmed, the difference between "wild" meats and farmed meats, the relative healthfulness of different meats, and how to best prepare different cuts of beef.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to reading this book and it had the potential to be really good ... and would have had there been better editing. Buy it if you find it on the "sale" table and have an interest otherwise don't spend the money.
Dena Burnett
Loved it! Very conversational writer, I felt like I was having a full out discussion over beers with Gold. He takes the time to look at as many facets of the desire to eat meat and has made a "shameless carnivore" out of me!
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-writing
I can't wait to make some buffaloaf.
Apr 27, 2009 marked it as to-read
Blurb: "...Gold writes with an infectious enthusiasm that might just inspire readers to serve a little llama or rattlesnake at their next dinner party."
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was funny and entertaining.
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Originally from New Orleans, Scott Gold graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied philosophy and Italian literature in an effort to ensure a toehold in the competitive world of professional unemployment. Deciding having a job was considerably more glamorous than being a derelict (albeit a well-educated one), he attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course, then made his way t ...more
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