In Eating Animals Safran Foer takes an interesting stance; he begins by centering himself in the family and home, and retelling family tales about food - to examine what food can and does mean to us. He then takes us on a journey through the many sides of animal food production, from factory farms to traditional farms, and the commercial versus independent slaughterhouses. He explores the political, emotional, economic and environmental costs of our fixation with having cheap animal products. His argument is not generally philosphical, as in Peter Singer's Animal Liberation, but it is no less effective for that.
He shows us that most of us and the developed world are prepared to accept the suffering of billions of sentinent animals and fish each year, that we are prepared to pollute and degrade our land, our waterways and destroy our oceans for our fixation on flesh. However he does not rant or berate, but makes considered, factually based arguments.
If you care about what you put in your mouth, the environment, and being compassionate towards other living creatures, this book is a must read.