Our Favourite Reads for Learning About Meat

Meathooked – The History and Science of our 2.5-Million-Year Obsession with Meat

Hands down, this is our favourite book about meat.

The number of arguments people can come up with to explain why they ‘have to’ eat meat is phenomenal. This book dives into all of them: sex, culture, history, biology, religion, capitalism, you name it..  And then there is the story about old school vegetarianism. Marta Zaraska explains well why it turns many people off in such a way that it becomes almost the strongest argument for eating meat. All that said: if you are one of the romantics who believe you would have proven your worth by hunting mammoths.. We’ve got news for you: humans started eating meat very much as scavengers, not so much as hunters. 

If you want to learn a lot, laugh a lot and forever be able to argue your meat-case: this book is a must read.

 

The Ethical Carnivore – My Year Killing to Eat

Eating meat is not an easy topic. It carries an extraordinarily high emotional value for most of us. Even worse, there is rarely one right and obvious answer and most questions can best be answered with ‘it depends’. You need to consider the relationship between human health and enjoyment, animal health and well-being, the health of eco-systems, and the preservation of species.

The Ethical Carnivore achieves a great balance by considering all aspects and allowing readers to make their own, more informed choices.

It is a vivid and eye-opening story that explores and answers some of the questions that more and more of us are asking. After spending a year only eating meat from animals she had killed herself, Louise can do it all in a way that is captivating - and even funny.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – A Natural History of Four Meals 

The big question behind the book: is it even possible to trace all parts of our meals back to their origin?

Michael Pollan does it for 4 separate meals that have their origins in industrial agriculture, big organic agriculture, pastoral agriculture, and hunting & gathering.

It turns out that we are a lot less driven by taste and preferences than we would like to think. If you are confronted with the origins of your meals, you’ll quickly realize how many things – other than your own health and taste – decide what you’re eating.

If you want to get a glimpse into the food industry, this is the perfect book to get started. One thing to note is that this book focuses on US agriculture. It is probably a bit less representative for the European system.