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

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In addition to the Momofuku cookbook, which now has a cover(!!!), there are a couple of interesting titles coming out this Fall. Per Rodale’s catalogue, Marco Canora’s 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.” It’s out in November. But more intriguing is food writer Tara Austen Weaver’s debut, The Butcher and the Vegetarian: One Woman’s Romp Through a World of Men, Meat, and Moral Crisis, which chronicles the lifelong vegetarian’s 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 — she’s tempted to give up and go back to eating tempeh,” reads the catalogue copy. “The more she learns about meat and how it’s 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 don’t 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.