The Virtues of the Table
An entertaining and thought-provoking look at the food on our plates, and what it can teach us about being human, from the author of The Ego Trick and The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten
How we eat, farm and shop for food is not only a matter of taste. Our choices regarding what we eat involve every essential aspect of our human nature: the animal, the sensuous, the social, the cultural, the creative, the emotional and the intellectual. Thinking seriously about food requires us to consider our relationship to nature, to our fellow animals, to each other and to ourselves. So can thinking about food teach us about being virtuous, and can what we eat help us to decide how to live?
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