THE BOOK REPORT: Meat: A Love Story By Susan Bourette
We’ve all heard stories about cows and pigs pumped full of hormones, chickens cooped up in cages so small they can’t spread their wings, and let’s not even start on America’s favorite mystery meat – hot dogs. Ignorance is bliss, or so they say.
Susan Bourette’s Meat: A Love Story is an exploration of North American psychology and sociology behind the “culture” of meat. A failed vegetarian, Bourette had always struggled with the social aspects of meat. Animal-cruelty issues, environmental factors, and health buzz has always surrounded the consumption of meat. She narrates her journey from Alaska to a Texas cattle ranch in an objective and humorous voice.
The reader emerges without feeling bullied, and with a new understanding of meat and those who eat it. Her purpose in writing this book is not to dissuade the reader from meat-eating but rather, to help them become a more “compassionate carnivore.”