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Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food

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Who cares about foie gras? As it turns out, many do. In the last decade, this French delicacy--the fattened liver of ducks or geese that have been force-fed through a tube--has been at the center of contentious battles between animal rights activists, artisanal farmers, industry groups, politicians, chefs, and foodies. In "Contested Tastes," Michaela DeSoucey takes us to f ...more
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Published July 5th 2016 by Princeton University Press
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Fvandrog
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fair review on the, indeed, contested status of foie gras.

In my view it especially exposes the hypocrisy and blindness to reason from the side of animal rights activists, without sparing those in favor of foie gras from their faults. What does become exceptionally clear is that the production of foie gras is much less cruel and less of a torture than often depicted by aforementioned animal right activists.

I would definitely recommend this book for those interested in food politics; DeSoucey m
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bks
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
DeSoucey analyzed different ideologies behind the foie gras movement, and how it shaped culinary landscape and people's gastronomical beliefs. Culinary choice is a part of our identity and a reflection of our moral beliefs. Investigating foie gras sheds lights into the shaping of Zeitgeist in waves of social movements and counter-movements.
Ben
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Foie gras, paired with butternut and yellow beet (om nom nom nom), more of a sacrificial lamb than a red herring.
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