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...
|Title||:||Killing It: An Education|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
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Killing It: An Education Reviews
3 stars - but only b/c the author went into French cuisine, culinary techniques, etc. This book was Eat Pray Love meets Julia & Julia with one of the most stunning heaping's of self-absorbed "humbled bragging" ever imagined. I found myself skipping over the author talking about how brave she was, her detailed conversations on how she had no idea if she would write a book ( which appears to have been planned the entire time) and how she embraced people thinking she was crazy b/c deep down she ...more
DNF. Non-fiction. A woman from Oregon, disheartened after losing her magazine job, moves to France on a whim to study the art of butchering. I gave it a hundred pages and found I didn't want to get back to it, so I'll let this one go.
I'm usually eager to read non-fiction set in France, so that and the book's awesome cover were the initial appeal. However, I simply found this too self-indulgent. I knew I was in trouble when, by page 11, she mentioned her airplane seatmate exclaimed she was "bea ...more
A thoughtful consideration of the carnivorous diet approached by a curious mind, "Killing It" takes the reader along on the author's unexpected journey with honesty and wit.
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 ...more
I am one of the American vegetarians Camas describes, who would never touch head cheese. I couldn't stomach this fantastically written book. Highly recommend for non-herbivores.