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Portrait of a Burger As a Young Calf: The Story of One Man, Two Cows, and the Feeding of a Nation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    an overall valuable and informational book for anyone

    While waiting in a backed up line at McDonalds in 1997, Peter Lovenheim and his daughter hoped to receive a Teenie Beanie Baby, which were given away for free with the purchase of any Happy Meal. The choices are a bull named Snort and a black and white cow named Daisy. This instantly struck him as ironic that a company selling beef would promote these toys and unfortunately revealed to him the deep disconnection between what we eat and where it comes from. This led Peter to the idea of what it would be like to raise one out of the `billions and billions served¿ from `birth to burger¿ or `conception to consumption.¿ This book displays the `behind the scenes¿ lives of the dairy farm industry, the people that make dairy and beef available to us, and the detailed lives of two calves. It is an extremely valuable book for anyone interested in where the meat we buy so readily actually comes from and the work, choices, and culture put into it. It shows an outside and realistic view of not only the day in the life of two calves, but the farmers, staff, families, and various stakeholders involved. He steps into the lives that the farming industry entails and develops a deep relationship and feeling of satisfaction and `home¿ that many people not familiar with farming life usually ignore while maintaining a straight forward, realistic, and a far from judgmental view of the diary farm industry and culture. It leaves you in suspense of what he will decide to do, follow with his original plan or let his calves live past their beef bred years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Great Book!

    This is the BEST book ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2002

    Put Away Everything You Are Doing and Read This Book

    Portrait of A Burger As A Young Calf is a triumph for its author, Peter Lovenheim, as well as a triumph for animals, farmers, and all who give so much of themselves day in and day out to sustain us all. Rightfully put, this book is in a sense about "Saying Grace." What makes it a remarkable read, however, is the author's exquisite prose and ability to craft a page-turner on a subject most of us know nothing about (at least on an intimate level) - dairy farming - and make it fascinating. I predict that Portrait is a runaway Best Seller, already reviewed in the New York Times and ready to take mainstream America by gentle storm. I also predict a movie in the works, much in the way that the Woburn, MA-based hazardous waste chronicle, A Civil Action, moved almost transparently to the big screen. Portrait is a must read. And the name Peter Lovenheim is about to become a household word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    It Mooved Me!

    This book was not just about the raising of animals for hamburger, but about the people who make a living from it. I particularly enjoyed Lovenheim's encounter with a moral philosopher as well as with a man who was a former Ronald McDonald's clown who started a Hindu ashram. I was impressed with the level of consideration the author took with his own struggle of what to do at the time of slaughter with the 2 calves he bought and observed being raised in the typical way for meat consumption. He handles his dilemma with a lot of care. It's a good reminder of the care we should take in making tough choices that ultimately have the capacity to restore us or move us further away from serenity, peace, and who we are.

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