Saturday, 14 January 2012

Things to read and do

I'm not doing new years resolutions here, but I do like a nice challenge, especially one that gives me something to blog about. And since I like books, that might as well be the theme. So here goes! NB each list will probably be added to as I remember other books I either have or want.

Re-read existing vegan/vegetarian/animal rights books
Specifically reread properly and blog. Many of my books are currently in crates while we get ready to move house, so may have to wait.
  • Peter Singer, Animal Liberation
  • Peter Singer and Jim Mason, Eating
  • Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation (Not a vegan book, but it certainly challenges meat culture)

    Books I want to read
    These include different perspectives on veganism and at least one anti-vegan book - never let it be said that I let my critical thinking skills go blunt! Might have to wait until I can afford or borrow copies.
  • Jonathan Safran Foer Eating Animals This has had mixed reviews ranging from 'most inspirational book EVAH' to 'TEH EVUL INDUSTRY SHILL', so I want to make up my own mind about it.
  • Gary Francione, Rain Without Thunder This is some vegans' bible and a hate figure for others, so again I want to make up my own mind.
  • Lierre Keith, The Vegetarian Myth Because this is what ex-vegans throw at anyone who challenge them, so if I can say I have read the bloody thing it will get that bit of awkwardness out of the way.
  • Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows - I can understand the critisms of her general concept of 'carnism' - on the other hand, as I have spent the last few years studying the construction of ideologies, I still find it intriguing enough to want a closer look.

    Vegan and vegetarian cookbooks I have and want to make more use of
    They occupy space in my kitchen, and normally they get ignored unless I want inspiration for something in particular. I'm thinking I should vary our diet a bit more by consulting them more than the current rate of twice a year...
  • Isa Chandra Moskowitz (/Terry Hope Romero?) Vegan With A Vengeance
  • Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard The Garden of Vegan
  • Simon Hopkinson The Vegetarian Option (This one actually belongs to my significant other, I'd be polite to say that veganising the recipies will be a challenge, but I might as well take it up!)
  • Linda McCartney Linda's Home Cooking (or similar title, I'm not fishing it out to check) - I seem to remember that this involved a fair few processed things (burgers and sausages - early product placement?!?) rather than basic ingredients, but worth a try. I may try it with Fry's products in some cases rather than Linda's own, since so few of the latter are vegan. (thankfully the exceptions are sausages, sausage rolls and pies, my favourites...)
    I'm sure there are other cookbooks knocking around the house, but none are particularly memorable - I'll make use of them in the new place as they emerge.

    Suggestions for more reading are welcome, and if you have favourite recipes in the books I mentioned let me know...
  • 1 comment:

    PatH said...

    I'd like to suggest you read Bryanna Clark Grogan's cookbooks. I just bought her most recent one, The Vegetarian Feast, from Abe Books at an excellent price - much better than Amazon). I follow her on Facebook - she is awesome. Her recipes keep me on the good path!