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Killing It: An Education

A wayward young woman abandons her magazine career to learn the old ways of butchery and discover what it means to take life into her own handsCamas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads. A longtime magazine writer and editor in the food world, she'd returned to her home state of Oregon with her boyfriend from New York City to take an appealing job at a Portland lifestyle magazine. But neither job nor boyfriend delivered on her dreams, and in the span of a year, Davis was unemployed, on her own, with nothing to fall back on. Disillusioned by the years she'd spent mediating the lives of others for a living, she had no idea what to do next. She did know one thing: She no longer wanted to write about the real thing; she wanted to be the real thing.So when a friend told her about Kate Hill, an American woman living in Gascony, France who ran a cooking school and took in strays in exchange for painting fences and making beds, it sounded like just what she needed. She discovered a forgotten cre...

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ISBN : 9781101980071
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages
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Killing It: An Education Reviews

  • Hope

    In the world of food I often feel like there is very little compromise. There is a big divide, which is social, cultural, and moral that forces people to make ultimatums between vegetarianism/veganism or an omnivorous lifestyle. People who don’t eat meat do so for many different reasons, but a lot of them do so because they are concerned about the welfare of animals. Others do it out of religious or social reasons. The question of eating meat or not is complicated though. On the one hand, many p ...more

  • Ryan Judd

    I don't know why but the whole time I read this book I imagined the author as Miranda from Sex and the City.

    I listened to her interview on Fresh Air and wanted to read the book, partly for the memoir and partly for what I imagined would be a thoughtful and elevated conversation about eating meat and the ethics of eating meat.

    The book is not as elevated as the interview makes it sound. Do not expect a heavy philosophical or even extensive, nuanced discussion of the ethics of eating meat. The et
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  • Hayli

    '"I also believe if every slaughterhouse and farm and butcher shop were made of glass, we'd have a very different system of meat production.'"

    3 stars. This book was ok, nothing wrong or problematic, but not something I would normally read.

    I loved the parts of the book that were set in Gascony. Learning about the whole culture of slaughtering and eating meat in France was so fascinating. This book makes me want to travel to France to experience exactly what the writer did.

    I thought the inclusion
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  • Jay bookworm

    I am sending a huge thank you to the publisher, Penguin, as well as Goodreads for offering this giveaway. This book absolutely blew me away. The author lost her job, had a dream and eventually made it happen. Her dream? To become a butcher. Luckily, her previous job gave her a network to be able to explore the world of whole animal butchering and the people that she meets along the way teach her many things. The writing is amazing, poetic, romantic (yes, the way she talks about food and animals ...more

  • Judy

    Great exploration of the road to learning to butcher, humane treatment of the animals we eat, and the whole animal movement. Davis has become a voice to be heard.

  • Stephanie

    EAT, PRAY, LOVE, only this time 1) in France 2) with meat, and (3) an extra helping of self-absorption.

  • Asulku

    An interesting read, though I do not partake of the swine. It was a bit hard to read in this decade and living on the west coast where these ideas are quite prevalent. The beginning came off an quite self-aggrandising....it would have come off better even with a few statements such as, 'finally I came to realize, etc' rather than as if she discovered the concept of butchering one's own meat. There is also no mention of the incredible privilege she had as a rich white woman (in resource, empowerm ...more

  • Chris

    Loved it! Really got me thinking about meat and our ideas around it. I was already a fan of Fergus Henderson and his ideas but they always seemed too exotic to work in America. Davis shows it can be done here and done well. I may not be ready to hop a plane to France but I am anxious to find local farms in my area and start learning for myself.