Karen Valby
February 17, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Butcher and the Vegetarian

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Tara Austen Weaver
publisher
Rodale Press
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a B

The dopey jacket copy of The Butcher and the Vegetarian promises a “chick lit spin on Michael Pollan.” The closest we get to romance in Weaver’s engaging memoir about straying from her vegetarian roots happens when a divine chimichurri meets a flank steak. But oh, will you ever want a seat at the Tea & Cookies blogger’s table after reading her sublime descriptions of food. She may feel loyalty to her beloved lentils, but her ode to barbecued bacon is drool-inducing. One source of indigestion: An editor should have deleted her relentless questions (a blogger’s tic). “Six months from now will I be main-lining lard?” “Could I make steak for myself, in my own home?” Who cares? You just want her to hurry up and get back to the bacon. B

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