Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet

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Columbia University Press
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6.3 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Jonathan K. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Emory University Center for Ethics. He is the author of Narratives and Jewish Bioethics (2013); editor of Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents (Columbia, 2015); and coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality (2013).


Crane's accessible prose and principled approach to eating make this a worthy addition to the ongoing discussion of how humans should consume food.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In Eating Ethically, Crane masterfully demonstrates that eating well is both a good thing to do and personally achievable. It complements what many of us are calling for--a better, smarter, and more sustainable way of eating.--John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods Market, coauthor of The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity
This entertaining and provocative book draws on biblical and philosophical sources to argue that eating is an act of ethics, and that we would all be happier and healthier if we adhered to the Bible's dietary advice--eat enough, but not too much. Anyone interested in food will be fascinated by the stories Jonathan Crane tells here.--Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat
In our modern world, eating can be a conundrum. We have so many choices but often the thought of making one about food is burdensome. Jonathan Crane looks to some conventional wisdom mixed with contemporary perspective to ask some provocative questions about food and our relationship with it. He explores the notions of what it means to eat well, to eat poorly, and everything in between. Yes, humans rely on food for survival and nourishment, but we also grow relationships, community, and reflect our cultural and geographical context through food. Eating Ethically is a compelling look into the complex network of food, religion, science, and culture in a unique way that will leave you with plenty of 'food for thought.'--Steven Satterfield, James Beard Award-winning executive chef, co-owner, Miller Union, author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons
Eating Ethically provides both compelling and novel insight regarding the modern global obesity epidemic. Crane brilliantly and creatively integrates evidence from science, philosophy, culture, and religion to support that eating "just right" is important for personal, spiritual, and societal health.--Laurence Sperling, MD, director of the Emory University Heart Disease Prevention Center
An accomplished ethicist and philosopher, Crane crafts a careful argument for what it means to eat well. Following a trajectory set by Michael Pollan and others, Eating Ethically is set apart by its interdisciplinarity, using biblical scholarship, nutritional science, biochemistry, and medicine to effectively buttress the idea that eating is an activity that resonates in both personal and social contexts.--Benjamin Zeller, coeditor of Religion, Food, and Eating in North America
The delight and value of the book is the wild and thought-provoking ride that Crane takes us on to get to his core argument for moderation in eating. His seemingly thin advice has resonance and power by the end of the book.--Reading Religion
Highly recommended.--Anna Maria Polidori "Articles and more.... "