Fall Reading: Marco Canora’s Cookbook and a Vegetarian’s Carnivorous Conversion


In addition to the Momofuku cookbook, which now has a cover(!!!), there are a couple of interesting titles coming out this Fall. Per Rodales catalogue, Marco Canoras cookbook, Salt to Taste, guides the reader through such classics as Spaghetti Bolognese, Linguine with Clams, Tuscan Eggplant Parmigiana, and a selection of modern American and Italian standards. Its out in November. But more intriguing is food writer Tara Austen Weavers debut, The Butcher and the Vegetarian: One Womans Romp Through a World of Men, Meat, and Moral Crisis, which chronicles the lifelong vegetarians tenuous conversion to carnivorism after a doctor ordered her to eat meat in order to improve her flagging health.

As Tara navigates through this new world grass-fed beef vs. grain-fed beef; finding chickens that are truly free-range shes tempted to give up and go back to eating tempeh, reads the catalogue copy. The more she learns about meat and how its produced, and the effects eating it has on the human body and the planet, the less she feels she knows. So she visits cow wranglers, a slaughterhouse, an urban farm, and all those other places an aspiring Michael Pollan would. We dont want to spoil the ending, but Weaver recently sang the praises of pulled pork on her blog Tea and Cookies, so it seems the meat thing stuck.