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The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Very cool book - worth the time to read and contemplate

    Everyone eats, but not everyone is particularly mindful about the food they put into their bodies. Where it came from and what it meant to the animals and the environment that produced it are questions asked by all too few. Tovar Cerulli has pondered that relationship on a level that not many of us ever will as he passed from careless omnivore to self-rigtheous vegan, and then out the other side, so to speak, as a hunter.

    That journey, in itself, makes The Mindful Carnivore a book worth reading. But the fact that he opens the door for us to consider the same questions within ourselves is what really makes this book stand out. Cerulli doesn't give us easy answers, and he asks hard questions... especially in regards to the choice to hunt... but he doesn't preach either. This is no didactic screed, telling us what to think or how to behave. That power remains in the hands of the reader... a decision to be made after introspection and consideration. But what Cerulli does is give us plenty to consider.

    The book may not change your life, and I don't think that's the intent. But it offers a view into a different perspective, and I expect some readers are going to find that it opens new doors that they may want to walk through... if only to find what's on the other side.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Amazing Insight into the Human Place in the Food Chain!

    This is a great book that follows Tovar along on his journey from omnivore to vegetarian to vegan and back! However it's more than just a summation of his life and experiences but an examination of both sides of the table by sharing the history of vegetarianism and veganism and then exploring both and how there is no diet that truly does not cause death. He does a great job of showing the parallels between vegetarians and the ethical conservationist hunter. It shows that there is more to hunting for some of us aside from the horrible stereotypes. This should be required reading for all hunters, vegans and vegetarians as you will learn a lot about each other and yourself from the thought provoking topics within.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    Excellent read for those who hunt and, I suspect, for many who s

    Excellent read for those who hunt and, I suspect, for many who suspect that hunting is not the all evil thing so many condemn it to be. Although I've never been a vegetarian I have tried to see my own hunting through the eyes of others who choose to not hunt or eat meat. Tovar, I think, nails it. Tovar makes a not uncommon transition and finds his place in the food chain. I suspect if more of us thought as much about where our food comes from as he does we would all eat a healthier diet and at the same time show those we disagree with regarding legal hunting with a bit more respect for their differences. Sadly he sees many of the same flaws in hunting that I have seen. He notices the same idiots, litter bugs, and those who think nothing of ignoring the law that give the rest of us who hunt a bad name. He sees the flaws in the pro-hunting arguments as well as the holes in the argument of those who hate the activity.

    I think books like this, and Kerasotes "Blood Ties", should be mandatory reading for anyone who hunts. If they don't make you a little more thoughtful hunter then I may not wish to share the woods with you. Those who chose to not eat meat and but condemn those of us who seek our own meat in the wilds should read this to see what someone who opened his mind found.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Food For Thought

    Cerulli brings an interesting take to the debate over hunting and vegetarianism, and how both impact our environment. Filled with anecdotes from his life as a child right through to the present day, the story of his path to becoming an avid hunter is a personal and informative analysis on trying to understand our place in the natural world.

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    Posted November 13, 2012

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