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The Meat of the Matter

Jonathan Safran Foer’s influential book Eating Animals is now a film. (You might want to reconsider that burger you’re eating)



JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER HEARS frequently about his readers’ eating habits. He is not a physician or a nutritionist; he’s a best-selling novelist, known for, among other books, 2002’s highly inventive Everything Is Illuminated. But the author’s 2009 foray into nonfiction, Eating Animals, has become an influential text for a new generation—probably the most popular consideration of the ethical dimensions of meat eating since 1975’s Animal Liberation by Peter Singer.

Since then, “I don’t give a reading, anywhere, for any book I’ve written, that someone doesn’t come up to me and say, ‘I became a vegetarian because I read that book,’” says Foer. In terms of impact, it’s the literary equivalent of the Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder,” though the author steers away from militant vegan sloganeering; he prefers to reason with steak lovers.

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