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Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat

 
 
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Barry Estabrook.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780393240245
Pages/Publication Date 335/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59459
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A former contributing editor at Gourmet magazine and the author of Tomatoland, as well as a food blogger at PoliticsofthePlate.com, three-time James Beard Award winner Barry Estabrook here presents an eye-opening investigation of the commercial pork industry and the way pigs are raised and consumed in America—as well as an inspiring alternative. Estabrook, who has raised his own pigs, explores the range of the human-porcine experience. He embarks on nocturnal feral pig hunts in Texas; he visits farmers who raise animals in vast confinement barns for Smithfield and Tyson, two of the country's biggest pork producers; and he describes the threat of infectious disease and the possible contamination of our food supply. Throughout, Estabrook's abiding love for these remarkable creatures is evident. Pigs are social, self-aware, and playful, he notes, and are smart enough to master the typical commands of "sit, stay, come" twice as fast as your average pooch. Unfortunately for the pigs, they're also delicious to eat. Estabrook shows how these creatures are all too often subjected to lives of suffering in confinement and squalor, kept on a drug-laced diet just long enough to reach slaughter weight, then killed on mechanized disassembly lines. But it doesn't have to be this way. Pig Tales presents a lively portrait of those farmers who are taking an alternative approach, like one Danish producer that has a far more eco-friendly and humane system of pork production, and new, small family farms with free-range heritage pigs raised on antibiotic-free diets.

"A beautiful and clear-eyed examination of the world of pigs and pig farming. With his engaging prose and soulful, riveting stories, [the author] illuminates the complexities of the pig industry and the desperate need for reform."—Alice Waters

"Before Tomatoland, I thought I knew about the American way of farming. Barry Estabrook proved that I was wrong, painting a devastating portrait of what was really taking place out in the fields. It changed the way I cook and eat. Pig Tales is even more illuminating, a window into the world of pigs and pig farmers that every American omnivore needs to read. You will never look at a piece of pork in quite the same way."—Ruth Reichl

 
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