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Pig Tales


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A three-time James Beard Award winner, Barry Estabrook is a former contributing editor at Gourmet magazine and the author of Pig Tales and Tomatoland. He blogs at and lives in Vermont.


"A beautiful and clear-eyed examination of the world of pigs and pig farming. With his engaging prose and soulful, riveting stories, [Estabrook] illuminates the complexities of the pig industry and the desperate need for reform." -- Alice Waters, Chez Panisse
"Estabrook puts his substantial reporting, storytelling, and writing talents in the service of the pig. He documents the horrors perpetrated in America on this miracle creature, but he also describes the ways to break away from those horrors...Pig Tales appalled me, terrified me, and then filled me with hope." -- Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and Salumi
"Estabrook tells two powerful stories here. The first is about the appalling ways in which Big Pig raises animals...The second is about how skilled animal husbandry and respect for the intelligence of pigs produces...a far more satisfying life for farmers and pigs alike. Pig Tales is beautifully written. It is also deeply touching." -- Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, and author of Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics
"Estabrook turns his keen journalistic eye to pig production...[and] provides balance in the engaging tales of farmers and processors who are thoughtful and eminently human...[A] must-read." -- Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry
"Before Tomatoland, I thought I knew about the American way of farming. Barry Estabrook proved that I was wrong, painting a devastating portrait of what was really taking place out in the fields. It changed the way I cook and eat. Pig Tales is even more illuminating, a window into the world of pigs and pig farmers that every American omnivore needs to read. You will never look at a piece of pork in quite the same way." -- Ruth Reichl, author of Delicious!
"Masterfully blends storytelling with succinct explanations of policy and science...a must-read." -- Jim Romanoff - EatingWell
"Cogent, level-headed." -- Nature
"Excellent...a more balanced and nuanced complement to muckraking works on similar subjects by Upton Sinclair (The Jungle) and, more recently, Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation)." -- Peter A. Coclanis - Raleigh News & Observer
"Estabrook demonstrates his skill with words to tell compelling true stories...authoritative yet approachable." -- Steve Weinberg - Seattle Times

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