As a former city-dweller and self-described "lesbian, Elvis-loving shepherd," Friend has a unique and intimate perspective on the morals, economics and practicalities of raising and eating meat humanely. With low-key, Midwestern humor, she takes readers on a tour of an abattoir, writes a love letter to her lambs heading for slaughter and relates how chivalry has been bred out of roosters. She delineates the differences between certified organic, certified humane, cage free, free range, and omega 3 eggs; the often-confusing nuances of organic, sustainable and conventional farming; and why, in her opinion, small farms are preferable to big ones. She encourages readers to get to know their local farms and provides questions to ask farmers and butchers about their produce. Readers interested in the subject will likely be familiar with Friend's overall treatment, but fostering a long-term commitment to the cause, she believes, is "an act of respect that will affect the lives of the millions of animals raised in this country every year," and her suggestions are so reasonable that even the most rampant, mainstream meat-eater might consider trying them. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meatby Catherine Friend
Catherine Friend tackles the carnivore’s dilemma, exploring the contradictions, nuances, questions, and bewildering choices facing today’s more conscious meat-eaters. The Compassionate Carnivore is perfect for people who would like to eat meat but have moral, ethical, or health concerns about doing so” (Marion Nestle, What to Eat). Based on her own personal struggle, Friend’s original, witty take on the meat and livestock debates shows consumers how they can be healthy and humane carnivores, too.
"At last, the perfect book for people who would like to eat meat but have moral, ethical, or health concerns about doing so. Catherine Friend loves animals but eats meat and gives a thoughtful, personal, clear-eyed perspective on how to do both, humanely and sustainably."—Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, author What to Eat
"In this deeply personal account of her involvement in the humane raising of sheep, self-described shepherd, animal lover, and committed carnivore Catherine Friend leads us through the lives of meat animals—in our industrial food system, and on her farm—with metaphor, compassion, and wit. Acknowledging how complex the ethical choices have become, her goal is to show us how important it is to remain at the table,' helping support those farmers who raise animals humanely. A rich and enjoyable read."—Joan Gussow, author of This Organic Life
"Three carnivores live in our house. And if you eat meat, there will be blood. The Compassionate Carnivore/Friend will help you face the ugly slaughterhouse facts. She'll also help you make the right choices for your body and soul. There's no better guide through this moral thicket than a grass-farmer who eats her own meat."—Nina Planck, author of Real Food: What to Eat & Why
“Friend has a unique perspective on the morals, economics and practicalities of raising and eating meat humanely. With low-key, Mid-western humor, she takes readers on a tour of an abattoir, writes a love letter to her lambs heading for slaughter and relates how chivalry has been bred out of roosters her suggestions are so reasonable that even the most rampant, mainstream meat-eater might consider trying them.”—Publishers Weekly
“Friend’s sincere gratitude for her ability to raise her own meat in a way that is respectful to the animals, the economy, and the environment, shines through in her writing.”—Bust
“This is the read you need.”—Women’s Health
“Full of interesting facts.”—The Guardian 7/5/08
“Convincing…An unusually measured approach to a controversial topic.”—E/ The Environmental Magazine
“[Friend’s] words give hope to those of us who crave meat, but are sickened by some modern farming practices.”—Curve
“Of all of the food books out there, this is one that should be considered a must read, carnivores and vegetarians included.”—Elephant.com, 10/17/08
“Explores the sometimes bewildering choices confronting meat-eaters today.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2/18/09
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Catherine Friend is the author of Hit by a Farm, as well as six children’s books and two novels. She farms in Minnesota with her partner of twenty-five years.
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This is a funny fantastic book- great for anyone- farmer or city dweller. It explores the issues of living your partner's dream and getting older. It is a quick fun read.
As a girl who grew up helping out on my Grandparent's farm and I have watched it be passed onto my aunt and uncle, I felt this was disappointing. This book would be better for people who have no idea what farming is. If you know anything about farming, you will be bored out of your mind. I also did not like hearing about the author's farm over and over again. I felt she repeated herself over and over again. I also was surprised that the lesbian author compared statistics of lesbian and gay couples to the amount of animals slated for slaughter every year. I felt that was uncalled for. I would not read this again nor would I recommend anyone else to read it. I will agree that it was comprehensive, but it was really boring.
If you must eat meat, then you must read this higly compassionate work by author who brought you 'Hit by a Farm'. Even though my Wife and I are Veggies,I support people like Catherine Friend who in a world of meat eaters tries to make it a little bit more respectful. Thank you Catherine.