if you can get past the WAY it's written, it does contain a lot of useful information. it's a little intense and metaphysical at times, and sometimes her feminist / anti-patriarchal analogies and metaphors just made me roll my eyes...but it did give me the ability to argue any vegetarian under the table (no matter what the reason for the vegetarianism). i'm coming from an ex-vegetarian perspective, so it also helped me clarify some things about how i felt on some of these issues.
I like that she seemed to write it while still riding that "middle finger moment" wave about what she had been previously been led to believe in her vegan life. I generally don't try to use anger as a motivator, but this book is so full of justifiable anger that it felt pretty good feeling her anger and my own about the same issues while reading the book.
I think anyone who has tried to push through on an animal-free diet even though they weren't thriving (not saying it can't be done, just saying I couldn't do it) and especially if they pushed it to the point of becoming ill will find the book cathartic. It is good therapy for when you have that "accepting your place in the food chain" moment, but still have guilt issues acting on it.
i have a copy and it's what started me on the journey to use nutrition to safe my own life (cheesy.... lol).
it's written extremely well with 3 different sections in the book - 1) the philosophy of eating and life itself, 2) realistic prediction of what really happens if the world ate grass/farm grown meat as a stable opposed to CAFO meat or the world on a veg diet, and 3) science.
i found the book very effective in dispelling all the lies about how the world could be fed with grains/veggies. it was very clear and simple in explaining the issues with how grains aren't meant for consumptions (not like how some ppl just focus on such complicated micro chemical stuff...).
on top of all that, she was a vegan for 20 odd yrs from teenage yrs and because of that she now still has spinal damage and many other physical issues. her writing shows her deep passion about her past.
it's a must read!
I think my biggest take-away was that you really can't remove humans from the natural cycle of life/predator/prey/food/death, and attempts to do so have consequences that aren't always so great. Also there are too many people on the planet.
I have read it and enjoyed it, but it was so long ago that I can't really give you any specific thoughts about it. It's one on my list to read again, but I have to get through my stack of new books first.
I read it, enjoyed it, but had to process it through a filter to separate out the over-the-top aspects. It is one of the books that cemented my belief that there is something about eating paleo/primal that other ethical diet lifestyles were missing right in front of their eyes.
It helped remove all guilt I had for eating meat that I picked up from certain veg*an acquaintances of mine exuded towards folks not as hard core as they are.
Like "A at Grain Free Diet" I intend to read it again soon.