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The Resource Lesser beasts : a snout-to-tail history of the humble pig, Mark Essig

Lesser beasts : a snout-to-tail history of the humble pig, Mark Essig

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Lesser beasts : a snout-to-tail history of the humble pig
Title
Lesser beasts
Title remainder
a snout-to-tail history of the humble pig
Statement of responsibility
Mark Essig
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Unlike other barnyard animals, which pull plows, give eggs or milk, or grow wool, a pig produces only one thing: meat. Incredibly efficient at converting almost any organic matter into nourishing, delectable protein, swine are nothing short of a gastronomic godsendyet their flesh is banned in many cultures, and the animals themselves are maligned as filthy, lazy brutes. As historian Mark Essig reveals in "Lesser Beasts," swine have such a bad reputation for precisely the same reasons they are so valuable as a source of food: they are intelligent, self-sufficient, and omnivorous. What's more, he argues, we ignore our historic partnership with these astonishing animals at our peril. Tracing the interplay of pig biology and human culture from Neolithic villages 10,000 years ago to modern industrial farms, Essig blends culinary and natural history to demonstrate the vast importance of the pig and the tragedy of its modern treatment at the hands of humans. Pork, Essig explains, has long been a staple of the human diet, prized in societies from Ancient Rome to dynastic China to the contemporary American South. Yet pigs ability to track down and eat a wide range of substances (some of them distinctly unpalatable to humans) and convert them into edible meat has also led people throughout history to demonize the entire species as craven and unclean. Today's unconscionable system of factory farming, Essig explains, is only the latest instance of humans taking pigs for granted, and the most recent evidence of how both pigs and people suffer when our symbiotic relationship falls out of balance. An expansive, illuminating history of one of our most vital yet unsung food animals, "Lesser Beasts" turns a spotlight on the humble creature that, perhaps more than any other, has been a mainstay of civilization since its very beginnings--whether we like it or not."--Book jacket
Summary
Outlines the history of pork as a food commodity and the societal view of pigs, blending culinary and natural history to demonstrate the importance of the pig and the historical practice of humans taking them for granted
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Writing style
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10416102
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DLC
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1969-
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Essig, Mark
Dewey number
636.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Swine
  • Pork
  • Pork
  • Swine
Target audience
adult
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a snout-to-tail history of the humble pig
Label
Lesser beasts : a snout-to-tail history of the humble pig, Mark Essig
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-295) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Keep it simple -- Out of the wild -- "The pig is impure" -- "Of their flesh shall ye not eat" -- "Monstrosities of luxury" -- The forest pig -- "Swine eat things clean and unclean" -- "The husbandman's best scavenger" -- "All the mountains swarmed with them" -- ¿"A great unkindness for our swine" -- "The benevolent tyranny of the pig" -- "Twenty bushels of corn on four legs" -- The republic of porkdom -- "The swinish multitude" -- A growing prejudice against pork -- "The other white meat" -- Vices -- "Back to the start" -- Epilogue: Virtuous carnivores
Control code
ocn893710033
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 310 pages
Isbn
9780465052745
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014049256
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893710033
Label
Lesser beasts : a snout-to-tail history of the humble pig, Mark Essig
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Keep it simple -- Out of the wild -- "The pig is impure" -- "Of their flesh shall ye not eat" -- "Monstrosities of luxury" -- The forest pig -- "Swine eat things clean and unclean" -- "The husbandman's best scavenger" -- "All the mountains swarmed with them" -- ¿"A great unkindness for our swine" -- "The benevolent tyranny of the pig" -- "Twenty bushels of corn on four legs" -- The republic of porkdom -- "The swinish multitude" -- A growing prejudice against pork -- "The other white meat" -- Vices -- "Back to the start" -- Epilogue: Virtuous carnivores
Control code
ocn893710033
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 310 pages
Isbn
9780465052745
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014049256
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893710033

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