Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Mindful Carnivore

Tovar's just released book, The Mindful Carnivore, is a must read for thinking hunters and folks who care about where their food comes from. This thoughtful book is more than a journey from vegan to hunter, it is also a review of human thought on our place in nature and our impact on the land and other creatures. Well written and well researched, I rate it right up there with books by Richard Nelson, Rick Bass, Jim Posewitz and Ted Keresote.

From the jacket of the book here is what others say about it:
"A remarkably candid, nuanced, and engaging meditation on what it means to be human. There are no prescriptions or preachy admonitions—just an honest account of the mindful unfolding of a person who has taken seriously the responsibility of being dependent upon the death of other organisms in order to live. The Mindful Carnivore is a bracing read."

—Jan E. Dizard, author of Mortal Stakes and Going Wild
"An unflinching account of one omnivore’s dilemma, drawn with psychological sensitivity and ecological sense. Cerulli treats compelling arguments on both the pro- and anti-hunting sides of the environmental divide with equanimity, while being just as equally impatient with both sides’ time-worn clich├ęs and sound-bite slogans. A nourishing read!”

—Mary Zeiss Stange, author of Woman the Hunter and Hard Grass
"Tovar Cerulli has written the book I’ve been waiting for. It’s memoir, adventure story, and exploration. His journey is from vegan to hunter, but it’s more than that. It’s a journey into history, ethics, nutrition, ecology, and philosophy. An entertaining read—and an entertaining ride—into the human experience. A savory morsel indeed."
—Daniel Herman, author of Hunting & the American Imagination

I recommend picking up a copy at your local book store (or have them order it if they don't have it) and give it a read.
For those of you in the New England area here is a partial list of events Tovar is hosting. He is a great guy that you will enjoy meeting   

Events in 2012

Thursday, Feb 16 – 7:00 pmConcord, NH
Discussion and signing at Gibson’s Bookstore (RSVP here)
Tuesday, Feb 21 – 7:00 pm – Montpelier, VT
Discussion and signing at Bear Pond Books (RSVP here)
Sunday, Feb 26 – 1:00-3:00 pm – Montpelier, VT
Book launch party at the Unitarian Church, sales by Bridgeside Books (RSVP here)
Friday, March 2 – 5:30 pm – Brattleboro, VT
Discussion and signing at Everyone’s Books (RSVP here)
Saturday, March 3 – 1:00 pm – Webster, MA
Discussion and signing at Booklovers’ Gourmet (RSVP here)
Tuesday, March 6 – 7:00 pm – Northampton, MA
Discussion and signing at Broadside Books (RSVP here)
Tuesday, March 13 – 5:15 pm – Middlebury, VT
Discussion & signing hosted at 51 Main by the Vermont Book Shop (RSVP here)


  1. Thanks for the link I order my copy online.

  2. From email:
    Just finished reading a copy of Tovar Cerulli's Book The Mindful carnivore. And As a hunter who has a sister that is
    A vegitarion. I found the book a very interesting read. It touches base on many topics of debate ( both sides ) that I have discused
    with her. Good book for hunters and non hunters as well .
    Think you would enjoy it Dave Laskey

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