The Carnivore's Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat

The Carnivore's Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat


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One of The Atlantic's Best Food Books of 2014

Fifty ways to be an enlightened carnivore, while taking better care of our planet and ourselves, from the founder of Slow Food USA.

We have evolved as meat eaters, proclaims Patrick Martins, and it's futile to deny it. But, given the destructive forces of the fast-food industry and factory farming, we need to make smart, informed choices about the food we eat and where it comes from. In 50 short chapters, Martins cuts through organize zealotry and the misleading jargon of food labeling to outline realistic steps everyone can take to be part of the sustainable-food movement. With wit, and insight, and no small amount of provocation, THE CARNIVORE'S MANIFESTO is both a revolutionary call to arms and a rollicking good read that will inspire, engage, and challenge anyone interested in the way we eat today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316256247
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patrick Martins is a distributor of locally raised meat through his company Heritage Foods USA, which sends over 60,000 pounds of meat every week to New York's top restaurants. He is also a founder of Slow Food USA and a founder and on-air personality at Heritage Radio Network, which has over 1 million visitors a month. He lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Forword Alice Waters xi

Introduction: The Revolution Starts Now 3

1 A Is for Apprentice 21

2 The $140 Turkey 27

3 To Hell with Local, Eat the Best 30

4 Learn to Build a Fire 33

5 Survival of the Fattest 36

6 Commodity vs. Quality 39

7 Slow Food Is Fast Food 43

8 Merchants Matter 47

9 Bessie and Babe, Fluffy and Fido 53

10 Night of the Hunter 58

11 Têtoir: Feed Your Head 61

12 Twelve Great American Têtoirs 65

13 Give the People What They Want 78

14 Hello, I Am a Pig 81

15 Take My Ham, Please 85

16 You Can't Avoid Processed Food 89

17 Eat an Endangered Species 92

18 Slow Business, Part I: Meet Me in the Middle 97

19 Don't Make Ketchup 101

20 Nose to Tail: Let's Grind 103

21 Not-So-Candid Camera 108

22 Sleep with Your Butcher. And Maybe Your Bartender 110

23 And the Truck Driver Shall Inherit the Earth 114

24 Carlo Petrini 119

25 Sex Sells, or, For Every Season There Is a Meat 125

26 Let It Rot 131

27 Build a Slaughterhouse 135

28 Slow Down 138

29 Vegetarian, You Have Blood on Your Hands! 141

30 Take Back Lunch 145

31 Remember The Whole Earth Catalog! 148

32 Consider the Turkey 153

33 We Answer to a Higher Authority 160

34 I Am a Goat 163

35 Share the Shit 166

36 Healthy Animals Don't Need Medicine 169

37 National Farmers' Day 171

38 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 175

39 Revolutionaries Wanted, Inquire Within 178

40 Ted Turner 181

41 Alphabet Soup 186

42 Don't Be a Hipster Hater 190

43 I Am a Cow 193

44 Slow Business, Part II: How to Make Bread 196

45 It's the Meat 200

46 Splendor in the Tallgrass 203

47 Letter to a Farmer 207

48 Don't Forget to Feast 212

49 A Fairy Tale 218

50 In the Year 2222 … 229

Essential Reading 235

Acknowledgments 239

Index 245

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Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite The Carnivore’s Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat by Patrick Martins is a book guaranteed to make you think about where your food comes from. Did you know that every year, Americans eat more than 10 million livestock? Unfortunately, they are not raised in humane or sanitary conditions. This results in meat that is unhealthy for us, but its production is achieved only through a depressing life for the animals. Did you know that our youngest generation is expected to have a shorter life expectancy than its parents? This is said to be at least partially due to the poor quality of food. Life in a feedlot, with hormones and antibiotics to keep them alive long enough to get them to the slaughterhouse, does not produce quality meat. And until local food is really best, why eat local? By boycotting local substandard food, we can encourage producers to improve their offerings. Other points made by Patrick Martins are thought provoking. Good food will not require sauces, herbs, and other enhancements. Whole foods are complete in themselves, with synergistic components in their chemistry to give them a well-rounded flavor. If you buy meat from a farmer who dumps hazardous waste into the water supply, you are participating in his fault. Hunting is not the barbarism many people think it is. Hunters have been supplying their families with meat for millennia and they do it in a sustainable manner. Organic food is a good idea, but no one can eat organic 100% of the time. The Carnivore’s Manifesto is an entertaining but educational look at America’s food supply, and where and how to get it. It’s a commentary on food with a conscience.