So I've been seriously contemplating going vegetarian. I've talked a lot about vegetarianism and how D and I have done "No-Meat January" for the past two years. Last year I finished reading The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. I was really impacted by the book and for a point didn't eat any meat unless I purchased it from Whole Foods. For whatever reason, I was most impacted by the treatment of chickens and almost never order/purchase chicken. D rags on me a bit about this because I did start giving back into eating bacon and sausage (not always purchased from Whole Foods). Why? Because pigs are so much smarter than chickens, so inhumane treatment towards them is tougher. For a bit I have been thinking more about how I don't want to waiver between sometimes thinking about inhumane treatment of animals and sometimes not. I really want to dedicate to going one way or the other. I am definitely seriously considering going vegetarian, or pescatarian (only eating fish as a meat).
Why pescatarian? Well aside from the fact that I am obsessed with sushi, I am a runner (that's right, I'm claiming the title). I really feel like I need that additional protein in my diet as a runner. To be honest, I'm still pretty lazy and want to have fish as an option for grilling, eating out, etc. I may want to phase out seafood eventually, but I figure a gradual phase out of other meats will suffice for now.
I need your help! What books can you recommend on vegetarianism? I'm trying to do my research and fully educate myself before I make the switch. I want to have all the information. I'm planning to re-read The Ethics of What We Eat. Currently I'm browsing through:
I'm not loving this book so far. The defense is basically that eating meat will kill you. Cox provides lots of research and studies on how people that ate meat died at an earlier age. Right now I am reading about the history of Mad Cow Disease. It's semi-interesting, but mainly not convincing me. I suppose I want to know more about the treatment of animals, which is why my moral cords are telling me it's not right. I'm just not super worried about my health from eating meat.
I haven't started this one, but I think it might be more of what I am looking for. I've got a lot more on my Amazon wishlist that I couldn't find at my library. What books do you recommend?! Cookbooks? I've got the Vegetarian Bible Cookbook on my Amazon wishlist as well. I need recipes that are easy and don't take lots of prep (because remember, I'm lazy!). Send your recs my way!!