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Burger - Object Lessons (Paperback)
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Burger - Object Lessons (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 08/03/2018
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. The burger, long the All-American meal, is undergoing an identity crisis. From its shifting place in popular culture to efforts by investors such as Bill Gates to create the non-animal burger that can feed the world, the burger's identity has become as malleable as that patty of protein itself, before it is thrown on a grill. Carol Adams's Burger is a fast-paced and eclectic exploration of the history, business, cultural dynamics, and gender politics of the ordinary hamburger. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781501329463
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 171 g
Dimensions: 165 x 121 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Burger draws on an accessible combination of history and pop culture to reconsider America's obsession with the molded-ground-beef sandwich ... [It] explore[s] alternative modes of offering cultural critique, pushing against traditional divisions between academic and popular writing, and between history and critique, in search of new, more palatable forms of packaging the unsettling stories behind the Anglo-American diet. * Humanimalia *
Adams provides more fascinating details and insights in this compact monograph than most readers can digest in one reading ... Ultimately, Burger is a work of advocacy as well as literature and cultural analysis. * New Orleans Review *
Best known for her groundbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat, Adams would seem the least likely person to write about hamburgers with her philosophically lurid antipathy to carnivory. But if the point is to deconstruct this iconic all-American meal, then she is the woman for the job. * Times Higher Education *
Burger is a small book with a big punch ... Adams approaches her topic as an animal rights advocate as well as a feminist. She reminds us what the `everyday object' of a hamburger really is: `The burger - minced, macerated, ground - is the renamed, reshaped food product furthest away from the animal.' In this way, taking into account the lives of cows, as well as women, Adams convincingly explores the `violence at the heart of the hamburger.' * NPR: 13.7 Cosmos and Culture *
It's tempting to say that Burger is a literary meal that fills the reader's need, but that's the essence of Adams' quick, concise, rich exploration of the role this meat (or meatless) patty has played in our lives. No matter our predilections or the political implications that often go with what we choose to consume, it's important to understand all sides of the matter ... The Object Lessons series ... continues to provide great food for thought. The burger ... [is] an adaptable and rich subject that Adams handles with energy, expertise, and good humor. * PopMatters *
Burger offers a thoughtful homage to the unsustainable modernist solution to protein delivery. Adams does not lose sight of the cultural importance of the burger's traditional glory, but she does offer an adventurous reckoning with its impact on the planet. As the climate changes, what will take the place of ground beef in our hearts and minds? Among other things, books like this. * James Hamblin, MD, senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body *
Carol J. Adams has written a penetrating meditation on the bronze monument of all American food icons, the burger. Keenly observed, richly annotated, and sometimes fierce, this book examines the identity of the hamburger, along the way unraveling a fascinating tangle of American capitalism, environmental policy, and cultural assimilation-nothing less than the messy, scratch-and-kick pursuit of collective American hungers. Adams shows how food is never just food; it always has a beating symbolic heart. * Amy Thielen, chef, TV cook, and author of The New Midwestern Table and Give a Girl a Knife *
Feminist Carol J. Adams - the luminary behind The Sexual Politics of Meat - is changing the social justice landscape once again with Burger ... Burger provides a long-overdue analysis of everything from the misogynistic roots of this iconic American meal to the future of the burger (spoiler: it's vegan). * VegNews *
This little book ... will be treasured by its readers. Highly recommended. * The Peaceable Table *
Based on meticulous, and comprehensive, research, Adams has packed a stunning, gripping expose into these few pages - one that may make you rethink your relationship with this food. Five stars. * San Francisco Book Review *

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