I'd never have said when I started this book, that I'd end up liking it, but -- I did. It is excruciatingly and painstakingly specific in detail and science. The author does make it ever so much more readable than you might imagine by putting in the human element of his studies and travels. The subject matter is horrifying; what he discovers and relates is even more horrifying. I promise that I will never eat any southern Asian cuisine in South Asia unless I've seen and questioned each of its ingredients. The last chapter is worth the entire read as Quammen brings it all together with common sense and hard advice. I'll never forget the meaning of "zoonotic"; it has importance for us now and on into the future. In the meantime, we might all think about going vegetarian.