The good eater A vegan's search for the future of food

Nina Guilbeault

Book - 2024

A Harvard-trained sociologist (and vegan), exploring the history of the vegan movement and its present-day tensions, grapples with the most fundamental questions of all: Is there a truly ethical way to eat?, which results in an eye-opening portrait of how social change happens, with profound implications for our plates--and our planet.

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New York : Bloomsbury Publishing 2024
Main Author
Nina Guilbeault (author)
Physical Description
243 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-227) and index.
  • The vegan wave
  • Setting the table
  • Paradigm shift
  • Making "meat"
  • Meat without misery
  • The vegan mafia
  • Let them eat grass-fed beef
  • From the gorund up
  • You are what you eat
  • Cult to cool
  • Soul food
  • The past of food
  • Trade-offs in the future of food.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Sociologist Guilbeault (Habits of Inequality), who cut animal products out of her diet following her grandfather's death from cancer, considers whether there's "truly an ethical way to eat" in her ho-hum account of veganism's past and future. She examines several facets of the vegan movement in hopes of discovering what a "just, nourishing, and equitable food system could look like." Surveying the burgeoning vegan food tech industry, Guilbeault visits the headquarters of Wildtype, which produces fish "grown from animal cells in a laboratory," and Beyond Meat, which makes fake meat products out of plants. These companies pose ethical conundrums, the author contends: they often still rely on "our current commodity crop system, in which crops are grown with chemical fertilizers, sprayed with herbicides, and then heavily processed." On the other hand, Guilbeault champions regenerative agriculture, a new philosophy of pesticide-free and carbon-sequestering soil-health management, which she argues is compatible with veganism since both philosophies take factory farming as an enemy. While Guilbeault offers some entertaining historical context for the vegan movement and plenty of personal insight, her conclusions are often underwhelming ("If there's one takeaway from this book, it's that no matter which food system we choose, trade-offs are inevitable"). Despite the author's best intentions, this fails to make a splash. (Apr.)

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