Meditations on Killing and Eating
by Wyatt Williams
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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 07 Sep 2021
Based on years of investigative reporting, Wyatt Williams offers a powerful look at why we kill animals and why we eat meat. In order to understand why we eat meat, restaurant critic and journalist narrates his time spent investigating factory farms, learning to hunt game, working on a slaughterhouse kill floor, and partaking in Indigenous traditions of whale eating in Alaska, while charting the history of meat eating and vegetarianism.
Williams shows how mysteries springing up from everyday experiences can lead us into the big questions of life while examining the irreconcilable differences between humans and animals. Springer Mountain is a thought-provoking work, one that reveals how what we eat tells us who we are.
Wyatt Williams is a former restaurant critic. His essays have been published by The New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, The Believer, and The Paris Review. In 2018, his essay “After Oranges” was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award and anthologized in The Best American Food Writing series.
"Reading Wyatt Williams is always a pleasure."--Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
"This book about death is alive. If you ate today, you should read it."--J. D. Daniels, author of The Correspondence