Killing It: An Education

Killing It: An Education

A wayward young woman abandons her magazine career to learn the old ways of butchery and discover what it means to take life into her own hands Camas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads. A longtime magazine writer and editor in the food world, she'd returned to her home state of Oregon with her boyfriend from New York City to take an appealing job at a Portland lifestyle mag A wayward young woman abandons her magazine career to learn the old ways of butchery and discover what it means to ta...

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Title:Killing It: An Education
Author:Camas Davis
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Killing It: An Education
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Killing It: An Education Reviews

  • M
    Aug 14, 2018
    "It seemed to be, standing there with two halves of a pig brain cupped in my palm, that we are often terrible at this kind of first rate intelligence, that, in fact, so much of what we do is in the service of keeping opposing ideas at bay inside ourselves. Isn't this what we're doing w...
  • Andrienne
    May 18, 2018
    I was both aghast and tantalized with how the author pulled off describing her experience in butchery and sharing her views about meat processing and meat consumption. This book transformed me - I?m still a meat eater but it has made me curious about the meat handling process and it ...
  • Jessica
    Dec 27, 2018
    In the span of a year Camas Davis loses her job and her long-time boyfriend. Forced to re-evaluate her life, she decides to go to Gascony, France. In France she stays with Kate Hill, an American woman living in France teaching cooking classes. Kate introduces Camas to the Chapolard bro...
  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    Jul 17, 2018
    3.75 stars ...
  • Kelsey
    Aug 25, 2018
    Absolutely fantastic. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone on the fence about eating meat. As someone who does, I have learned so much about the process and where our food comes from from Camas Davis. She's a beautiful writer, and as much as her descriptions of butchery make ...
  • Jim Good
    Nov 20, 2018
    To me the book had elements of Anthony Bourdain, Michael Pollan, and William Finnegan. This is more a story of self-discovery, than food. It starts with Camus in a depressed mood having broken up from a long-term relationship and been terminated from her job as a food critic. In a F...
  • Laura  Yan
    Oct 03, 2018
    eat pray love, but with butchery? reading this book was pretty wonderful - i got a glimpse of a world i knew little about, and i appreciated camas's nuanced approach to thinking about food and meat and consumption (even if at times it leaned too heavily on romanticizing the traditions ...
  • Gina
    Oct 17, 2018
    Camas Davis's eye-opening experience will truly educate its reader on all things meat. You'll ask yourself questions about all facets of the meat industry - because that is exactly where her path led after being let go from her food magazine job in 2009. From comparing American practic...
  • Judy
    Sep 07, 2018
    Great exploration of the road to learning to butcher, humane treatment of the animals we eat, and the whole animal movement. Davis has become a voice to be heard. ...
  • Jesse Pope
    Jan 29, 2019
    "Animals provoked, and still provoke, some of humans? first questions. Questions that, today, most of us would rather not have to grapple with. By refusing to grapple, by living in the land of buts and forsaking the ands, we can easily come to believe we?ve absolved ourselves from ...
  • Stephanie
    Jun 27, 2018
    EAT, PRAY, LOVE, only this time 1) in France 2) with meat, and (3) an extra helping of self-absorption. ...
  • Jill
    Aug 02, 2018
    I devoured this book very quickly, mostly because I often said I wanted to quite my job, work with my hands, and become a butcher. Obviously that hasn't happened yet so this book was the next best thing. Interesting insights on different cultures and whole animal butchery and the argum...
  • Chris
    Sep 03, 2018
    Loved it! Really got me thinking about meat and our ideas around it. I was already a fan of Fergus Henderson and his ideas but they always seemed too exotic to work in America. Davis shows it can be done here and done well. I may not be ready to hop a plane to France but I am anxious t...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Aug 22, 2018
    THIS BOOK. I LOVED IT. A memoir about life, love and butchery - be prepared for this to be a true memoir, not a narrative nonfiction account of the meat industry. Davis examines her entire life as she goes through the journey she embarks upon, and shares it all here. And I'm IN because...
  • Emily
    Apr 23, 2019
    This book changed the way I think about my meat consumption, an issue I have admittedly spent a good deal of energy avoiding since I was old enough to understand the moral complexity behind being an omnivore. Also, running away from your problems to southern France to become a butcher....
  • Hope
    Aug 24, 2018
    In the world of food I often feel like there is very little compromise. There is a big divide, which is social, cultural, and moral that forces people to make ultimatums between vegetarianism/veganism or an omnivorous lifestyle. People who don?t eat meat do so for many different reas...
  • Amy Morgan
    Feb 13, 2018
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Camas Davis is a magazine writer who just got fired from her job, left her long time boyfriend and then moved in with a new boyfriend who she immediately tells she is going to France to learn to be a butcher. Sounds crazy right? I ...
  • Jay bookworm
    Jun 29, 2018
    I am sending a huge thank you to the publisher, Penguin, as well as Goodreads for offering this giveaway. This book absolutely blew me away. The author lost her job, had a dream and eventually made it happen. Her dream? To become a butcher. Luckily, her previous job gave her a network ...
  • Jana Rađa
    Dec 03, 2018
    I care about the planet. I try to make less waste. I try to use the car as little as possible. I have recently bought a few trees for my balcony and as soon as they get a bit bigger, I hope to plant them somewhere outside, so they become big and beautiful, produce oxygen, and make inse...
  • Leslie
    Jan 13, 2019
    Here's what I liked about the book: The author decides to leave the life she had built for herself after she got fired and pursue a calling. The calling was in a field usually dominated by men, and she created a new life for herself with butchery. I enjoy stories about people being min...
  • Renae
    Aug 03, 2018
    3 stars - but only b/c the author went into French cuisine, culinary techniques, etc. This book was Eat Pray Love meets Julia & Julia with one of the most stunning heaping's of self-absorbed "humbled bragging" ever imagined. I found myself skipping over the author talking about how...
  • Ryan Judd
    Aug 06, 2018
    I don't know why but the whole time I read this book I imagined the author as Miranda from Sex and the City. I listened to her interview on Fresh Air and wanted to read the book, partly for the memoir and partly for what I imagined would be a thoughtful and elevated conversation ab...
  • Danielle
    Aug 23, 2018
    This nonfiction book was pretty interesting. The author left a food writing job to spend some time in France training as a butcher but it ends up coming across as more of a dabble than a career commitment and most of the book follows the ambivalence she feels to several professions and...
  • Marilyn Smith
    Sep 16, 2018
    Camas Davis is discontented writing and editing food magazines and needs a change. Suddenly unemployed, Davis travels to France to learn butchery from an established family of pig farmers. Throughout her journey she confronts her preconceived ideas and feelings about all aspects of mea...
  • Luke Johnson
    Aug 19, 2018
    2 stars. So to me, "Killing It" by Camas Davis is two books in one. Part of the book is about a woman living in Portland, OR who after being fired from her magazine job decides to stop writing and start doing. In this case, that means heading over to France and learning (in just 7...
  • Jane
    Aug 30, 2018
    Thanks to Cindy Roesel and Penguin for this book. I'd have to give this book 3.5 stars. Everything you've always wanted to know about pigs and butchering of them and other meats and were afraid to ask. If you don't eat bacon, pork, or other products of the pig or any other meat, ...
  • Rae DelBianco
    Aug 13, 2018
    A transparent, honest, selfless evaluation of an issue most every modern American faces? what have we lost by making life easier? And in particular, what have we lost by releasing ourselves from responsibility and reverence toward where our food comes from? As a former teenage cattle...
  • Rosa
    Apr 18, 2019
    Very self absorbed. At the end she mentions how she lies about her name to avoid getting recognized--I just wanted to scream "Lady I didn't even know who you were!" and with less than 2k Inta followers I don't feel like the only one. There's defiantly some parts in her trip to Franc...
  • Mollie
    Feb 19, 2018
    Formidable! What an awesome read! Fascinating and sincere, Camas Davis will make you question where our meat comes from and, at the same time, make you want to learn how to butcher a pigs head and make pate de tete. Read this book as soon as you can get your hands on it. You will not...
  • Wendy (bardsblond)
    Oct 03, 2018
    For anyone who has wrestled with the role of meat in the food system and being carnivorous himself or herself, I highly recommend this book. Camas Davis is a former magazine writer who, after spending ten years in publishing, grew weary of the white-collar world and felt an irresis...