- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Lantern Books; 2nd ed. edition (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590561163
- ISBN-13: 978-1590561164
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian's Survival Handbook 2nd ed. Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
Adams (The Sexual Politics of Meat), a writer and lecturer on vegetarianism, offers advice to practicing vegetarians about eating with omnivores. She covers everything from how to answer the question, "Are you a vegetarian?" to tips for dining out and handling meals in a business setting. She also includes a selection of favorite recipes, adapted from classic vegetarian cookbooks. Adams argues that vegetarians today have it rough: "we see death in [meat eaters'] meals, they see it in ours. Attempts will be made to disempower your viewpoint. Your diet is the issue, but you become the target." Point well made. Vegetarians indeed have far fewer options than omnivores at restaurants, at peoples' homes. And as Adams observes, they are often looked down upon. But she shoots herself in the foot with her central thesis: that vegetarians "should see every meat eater as a blocked vegetarian." To her credit, Adams understands that eating is a complicated and emotional issue, influenced by culture, family and politics. By making broad, general statements about vegetarians and omnivores, however, she ultimately helps no one, especially the people she tries to empower. (Nov.)Health
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Vegetarians abstain from eating animal products in order to lead a peaceful lifestyle, but when food choices clash, conversations and mealtimes aren't so harmonious. To aid in the discussion, Adams, author of the underground classic The Sexual Politics of Meat, offers vegetarians ways that can change the quality of their interactions with carnivores. She first asks, "Are you at peace?" because vegetarians who are insecure in their choice represent meat eaters' worst fear: that vegetarianism equals denial and scarcity. Once vegetarians know that the insecurity is not from within, they can see the verbal abuse and emotional blackmail as a sign of the meat eaters' insecurity. Then Adams lists various techniques, from deflecting sabotage to identifying subtext ("If you loved me you'd eat this meat" isn't about food it's about love), and suggests how these techniques may change work, living, and family situations. Besides her own experience, Adams shares stories gleaned from readers' letters fitting in a book about social interaction. For all libraries that have practical books on how to become a vegetarian but none offering advice on communication. Elizabeth C. Stewart, Portland, ME
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was able to relate to many of the situations used as examples, and could finally have a better understanding of these situations. Since reading I've been using the advice Adams offers and it has not only allowed for much more pleasant interactions with meat-eaters, but has allowed me to be more effective in advocating.
I purchased a copy for several friends, I highly recommend it as a must-have for your library.
Incidentally and in the interest of full disclosure, I was one of the contributors to this book. As a feminist and animal rights activist, I was rather shocked that Carol J. Adams relegated all the contributors to "anonymous", didn't even bother to tell us when the book had come out, let alone perhaps even send us a copy. I thought that was especially lame since a good part of the content of this book was provided by contributors.
Well, this book has helped me to cope with these situations. Adams goes in-depth with this book. It has been extremely helpful. Her methods of dealing with meat-eaters is effective.
There is one other advantage to this book; it provides several good recipes.
One thing I must note: this book is not for new veggies who are looking for information on a vegetarian / vegan diet. It does provide nutritional facts, etc.
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