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
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.
This nonfiction book was pretty interesting. The author left a food writing job to spend some time in France training as a butcher but it ends up coming across as more of a dabble than a career commitment and most of the book follows the ambivalence she feels to several professions and several love interests but her constant commitment is to getting folks to think more about the meat that they eat and if there is a better way to honor the animal's life by using more of the less "prime" cuts. She ...more
"It seemed to be, standing there with two halves of a pig brain cupped in my palm, that we are often terrible at this kind of first rate intelligence, that, in fact, so much of what we do is in the service of keeping opposing ideas at bay inside ourselves. Isn't this what we're doing when we eat meat without taking part in the process that brings it to our tables, without ever being required to stare back at the animal that made the meat possible? Did we not grow our industrial food complex prec ...more
THIS BOOK. I LOVED IT. A memoir about life, love and butchery - be prepared for this to be a true memoir, not a narrative nonfiction account of the meat industry. Davis examines her entire life as she goes through the journey she embarks upon, and shares it all here. And I'm IN because that's exactly what I'm looking for in a memoir - the personal touch.
Regarding meat - lots of people have been asking “will it make me want to be a vegetarian?” and my answer is what I think the author would say ...more
I devoured this book very quickly, mostly because I often said I wanted to quite my job, work with my hands, and become a butcher. Obviously that hasn't happened yet so this book was the next best thing. Interesting insights on different cultures and whole animal butchery and the arguments about whether to eat meat or not, all good stuff. Kept me entertained from beginning to end. It very much speaks to a city reader, growing up near farms and rural landscapes I know where you can purchase a who ...more
Camas Davis's eye-opening experience will truly educate its reader on all things meat. You'll ask yourself questions about all facets of the meat industry - because that is exactly where her path led after being let go from her food magazine job in 2009. From comparing American practices to traditional French ways she learned while studying butchery abroad, to the truth behind buzz words like"local" grass-fed" etc. Davis has an informative approach that also touches on personal moments in her li ...more
I had hoped this would be a book about butchery, the actual skill of making an animal carcass food, or about how to set yourself up in an entirely new profession. Instead it was a travelogue of a wonderful workstay vacation in France, followed by .... a bisexual polyamorous person stringing along a lesbian butcher she befriended and used for professional assistance and then ditched. And too much about that. I wish she had focused on THE MEAT instead of all this irrelevant persobal stuff.
I was both aghast and tantalized with how the author pulled off describing her experience in butchery and sharing her views about meat processing and meat consumption. This book transformed me - I’m still a meat eater but it has made me curious about the meat handling process and it has made me care about where my food comes from.
Review copy provided by the publisher.