Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat
by Hal Herzog
Scientist Hal Herzog is a “maverick,” “thought-provoking,” and “unprecedented” leader in the field of anthrozoology. In this book, he looks at the psychology behind the inconsistent and sometimes paradoxical ways we think, feel, and act toward animals. It’s like a mix of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Irene M. Pepperberg, author of Alex & Me, says that Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat “deftly blends anecdotes with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position about our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences.”
The Meat Racket
by Christopher Leonard
This is a shocking, in-depth report that every American should read. A lot about the meat on your dinner plate. During more than 10 years as an AP reporter, Christopher Leonard covered some of the country’s biggest meat companies. In this book, he gives the first complete look inside the industrial meat system, revealing how just a few companies took over the country’s meat supply.
Meat-Eating and Human Evolution
by Craig B. Stanford and Henry T. Bunn
How did early humans start eating meat? When did they do this? These are three of the most important unanswered questions about how humans came to eat meat. Before 2.5 million years ago, we don’t know if humans ate meat or how important it was. After stone tools show up in the fossil record, it’s clear that humans were eating more meat. But how they got their food is still up for debate. This book takes a new and very interdisciplinary look at the role of meat in early humans’ diets. It invites well-known researchers who study the human fossil record, modern hunter-gatherers, and nonhuman primates to write chapters for a book that brings together these three perspectives.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
by Michael Pollan
Today, we are being hit with new food fads all the time. This is what we can only call a national eating disorder. You have to decide what you’re going to eat for dinner tonight. Some food that we made. Man has had to think about what to eat for dinner ever since he found fire. How we answer this question now, at the start of the twenty-first century, could determine whether we live or die as a species. That’s what Michael Pollan says in this new book. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is full of surprises, and it’s changing how people think about the politics, risks, and pleasures of eating.
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
by Richard Wrangham
Since Darwin and The Descent of Man, humans have been thought to be intelligent and able to change. In Catching Fire, Richard Wrangham, a well-known primatologist, says that cooking is the reason why we have evolved so well. New research by Wrangham shows that humans evolved because they moved from eating raw food to eating cooked food, which was the most important thing. Humanity began when our ancestors learned how to use fire. As soon as our ancestors started cooking their food, the human digestive tract shrank and the brain grew bigger.
by David Robinson Simon
The production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy is not very well known to most people. Even if you are an omnivore or a herbivore, the forces of meatonomics have an impact on you in many different ways.
This is the first book to figure out the huge “externalized” costs that the animal food system has on taxpayers, animals, and the environment. It found that these costs amount to about $414 billion a year. This means that for every $1 of product they sell, meat and dairy producers add almost $2 in hidden costs to the rest of us. It costs society about $11 to make a Big Mac that costs $4, and even though you don’t eat meat, you pay $7 in extra costs every time someone buys one.
Meat: A Natural Symbol
by Nick Fiddes
In this book, you will learn about the human desire for meat in a wide range of ways. For anyone who has ever wondered why meat is important to us, why we eat some animals but not others, why vegetarianism is on the rise, or why we aren’t canibals, this book is for you!
The China Study
by T. Colin Campbell
People in the U.S. are still getting fat even though there are a lot of new diets and people are trying to lose weight. Two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are still overweight, and kids are getting Type 2 diabetes, which is usually a “adult” disease, at a high rate. Why do Americans have heart disease as much as they did 30 years ago? We’re more obsessed with being thin now than we were 30 years ago.
The Heretic’s Feast: A History of Vegetarianism
by Colin Spencer
Steven Spencer is an author, playwright, and food columnist for the English newspaper The Guardian. Spencer talks about how vegetarianism has been linked to religion, health, and society since prehistoric times. In the end, the study is a fascinating look at one of humanity’s oldest and most misunderstood ways to eat. Spencer talks a lot about why vegetarians have been harassed and even persecuted by the rest of society for a very long time. He says that, for better or worse, vegetarianism has been linked to radical social, political, and religious reformers who have tried to change the way people eat.
by Marta Zaraska
The weird, disgusting, and sometimes delicious story of how humans have been in love with meat for a long time.
Why do we eat meat in the first place? Why do we keep coming back to meat? Marta Zaraska wants to find all the things that make meat a food that people don’t want to give up easily. She looks at evolution, culture, taste, marketing, biochemistry, and anthropology to figure out what makes meat so appealing to humans.