“ . . . if any book can launch the revolution, this one is it. Even on the heels of so many best-selling food books, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first nonfiction work stands alone—so luminous that, even if one tried to shield one’s eyes from its glaring revelations of the cruelty and filth in today’s meat industry, the images would remain burned into the retinas. Indeed, even when we can’t bear one more tragic example, this book refuses to be thrust aside. Because Foer’s tone is one part anxious, two parts earnest . . . the reader is beckoned, not distanced, by its vulnerability. This is not the voice of an activist, nor that of a journalist. It’s the voice of a guy who has just become a father and wants to know what’s in his son’s food.”
Amy Irvine reviews Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals in Orion magazine.