The Book List #11

Eating by Peter Singer and Jim Mason | The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

I've read countless books on the food industry and I don't think I will ever get bored of the subject; Eating by Peter Singer and Jim Mason takes a different approach to exploring our eating habits by following three families including indifferent omnivores, compassionate carnivores, and devoted vegans. The most interesting aspect of this book was the chapter on "Eating Locally," discussing whether buying locally grown produce is better for our environment (as would be assumed) or worse. The results are surprising.

Margaret Atwood has become one of my absolute favourite authors yet I didn't quite warm to The Edible Woman as I have with her other books. The story follows Marian who, as soon as she gets engagement to Peter, starts feeling as though her body is becoming separate from her self. Marian endows food with human qualities causing her to identify with them and thus, discovers she is unable to eat. The Edible Woman is an intriguing novel and I feel perhaps I could judge it better if I returned to the book at a later date.

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