Eating Animals 5: The Final Chapter

by Ruby on March 10, 2010

Sorry this is a day late… I blame a delicious indian/vegetarian food induced coma. Extra thanks to Paru’s for accommodating such a large crowd (mainly by cramming us into a booth probably meant for about 6, not 10). No matter the limited space, though; I think it ended up making for better discussion, and provided a bonding experience while we tried to negotiate huge amounts of food from plate to mouth. Delicious, delicious food. Go there and have the… wrap things. We asked the waiter to just… bring us food, so I’m not sure what they were called, but they might know what you mean.

Anyway, it was an excellent dinner all around. There wasn’t that much chat about Eating Animals or his other books (get enough bookstore people in a room and I can guarantee 90% of the talk will be about bookstores), although we did receive a few nuggets of wisdom/interesting things that I can repeat here:

  • He greatly prefers writing fiction to non-fiction. In his words, “Writing fiction is like pulling teeth, writing non-fiction is like pulling teeth off of your”… well, imagine a very painful place.
  • People in Europe didn’t take the book the same way as Americans did, overall. They tended to feel that it was an American problem, no matter how true or untrue that statement really is (I certainly don’t know, but it was an interesting difference).
  • His second segment on the Ellen Degeneres Show should be airing… right about now. It doesn’t look like he danced this time, either. Mr. Foer, I am disappointed, and I know seven other women and one man who are also disappointed. We were expecting the robot!

Anyway, among the discussions of books, food, the new Skylight Books commercial, the Academy Awards, blogs (I got to meet Skylight’s blogger, Emily!), and whether or not  Kate Winslet had plastic surgery (the jury is still out), Jonathan Safran Foer told me I could make up anything I wanted and credit it to him. So, author Jonathan Safran Foer would like you all to know that Vroman’s is the best bookstore ever.

All jokes aside, though, it did make me think more about my food. I’ve cried over dissecting fetal pigs and watched and heard all sorts of disturbing ways that animals are slaughtered (a by-product of living with many vegetarians, vegans, and concerned students in college), but I’m still a bacon girl. I am of the persuasion that humans are omnivores, literally based on biology: we have teeth intended to eat all sorts of things. I also firmly believe that the choice to not consume meat is one that is limited both by finances and by dietary needs, which are different for everyone. However, that doesn’t mean I approve of factory farming and the way it is done- I simply don’t know what to do about it. In the meantime, I’ll remain in awe of people who do manage to never eat meat, try to be more conscious of what I’m eating and where it came from, and encourage others to do the same. I’ll also remember that indian food is a great place to start if you want to go vegetarian.

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    Cindy 03.10.10 at 6:59 pm

    One thing I love about Indian vegetarian food (just like Ethiopian) is that it’s naturally good for you with lots of sources of protein! No super salty processed “meat” crud. Try Rahel’s vegan Ethiopian on Fairfax for some more vegan nomminess!

    Sarah McCoy 03.14.10 at 2:10 pm


    I’m deliriously jealous! I wish to God I could’ve made the dinner with Jonathan and met you, Patrick and Edan! I just flew back to Texas after a week in New Orleans where I dined entirely on delectable, sustainable fish. 😉

    So was Mr. Foer as fun and charismatic in the flesh as he is in his books? Tell all, Ruby. I’m living vicariously through you.

    Yours truly, Sarah

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