Beef: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World
Considering our jobs as Eco-Farmers, we are rather obsessed with the food industry. What it was, is, & should be. Usually we find these types of nonfiction books fascinating. Not so with this book. This was a mind-numbingly boring read that we couldn't wait to get over with so we could move onto something else.
This book reminded us of the dull history books in High School, informative, useful, & mind numbing. Don't purchase this if you are looking for an entertaining read. If you need something for educational purposes, that is a different matter entirely. If you or you're child is doing a book report of the history of beef, this is definitely one you want to add to your reading list, especially if you are looking to do a report on the Masai. The Masai are marbled (pun intended) throughout the entire book. Beef literally starts & ends with the Masai.
An interesting & pleasant surprise are all of the "culinary interludes" these are recipes mainly for beef dishes but some are for cheese as well, covering both food uses for cattle. These interludes coincide with the topic being discussed, so it fits in rather nicely.
Overall this is not a bad book, it is just written in a way that doesn't hold ones attention.
October 8, 2008