As summer approaches, we thought that it might be fun to ask PETA staffers to tell us what they have been reading so that we can share the list with you. Here it is:
“I’ve been loving my new gardening book, Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail! She writes a great blog and gives great info for growing organic food in your backyard, on your patio, or in any other small, urban space. It includes lots of genius ideas for turning recycled or unwanted items into handy gardening tools, planters, and garden art. Her book includes recipes, instructions for making soap and other products with your garden goodies, and lots of great encouragement for getting your hands dirty!”
“The author of Fast Food Nation was one of the catalysts toward my going vegetarian and really planted the seed for me to be receptive to the first PETA brochure that I got. Eric Schlosser’s book presents the dark, virtually unknown side of the food industry in a simple and distressingly piercing point of view that brings out the very finest of investigative journalism. It wakes you up to the reality of the food industry that it is not at all serving your best interests.
It is impossible to be ignorant after you have been enlightened.”
“I am revisiting a favorite read of my past: Douglas Adams’ The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, which is part of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (in five parts). In its clever British way, it makes me laugh out loud and be glad that I have my skin, with lines like: ‘The fronting for the 80-yard long marble-topped bar had been made by stitching together nearly 20,000 Antarean Mosaic Lizard skins, despite the fact that the 20,000 lizards concerned had needed them to keep their insides in.’ I love this book and Adams’ style of using outlandish characters with two heads to poke fun at our often-overlooked idiosyncrasies. And the overarching theme of acceptance of all beings who inhabit this universe is a friendly reminder that it doesn’t matter if you’re a Vogon or an emotional robot, every creature has their place in the universe, and it is certainly not to be exploited.”
“I will recommend a book instead of telling you what I am reading: The Food Revolution by John Robbins, the man who would have been the heir to Baskin-Robbins. This book changed my life, and I mean that in all seriousness. The week before I read this book, I made homemade maple candied bacon ice cream-no joke. I like to cook, and it seemed like a fun experiment. A week later, I banned bacon and all other animal flesh from my fork (or spoon) for life. I couldn’t believe how thoroughly I had been brainwashed by the meat and dairy industries and how little I really knew about the food I was eating. I sat by the swimming pool with tears streaming down my face as I read about the daily horrors experienced by animals who I had given little thought to for my entire life. Shortly after reading this book I changed my diet and my life and committed myself to doing everything in my power to educate others about the true cost of a burger, some buffalo wings, or an ice-cream cone. I’m proud to say that my education has inspired four of my family members to go vegetarian or vegan. Because of this book, the five of us together will be saving 500 animals’ lives this year—not bad for some summer reading.
What books are you taking on vacation this year?