Eating Ethically

Religion and Science for a Better Diet

Jonathan K. Crane

Columbia University Press

Eating Ethically

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Pub Date: December 2017

ISBN: 9780231173445

264 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $35.00£27.95

Pub Date: December 2017

ISBN: 9780231545877

264 Pages

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Eating Ethically

Religion and Science for a Better Diet

Jonathan K. Crane

Columbia University Press

Few activities are as essential to human flourishing as eating, and fewer still are as ethically fraught. Eating well is particularly confusing. We live amid excess, faced with conflicting recommendations, contradictory scientific studies, and complex moral, medical, and environmental consequences that influence our choices. A new eating strategy is urgently needed, one grounded in ethics, informed by biology, supported by philosophy and theology, and, ultimately, personally achievable.

Eating Ethically argues persuasively for more adaptive eating practices. Drawing on religion, medicine, philosophy, cognitive science, art, ethics, and more, Jonathan K. Crane shows how distinguishing among the eater, the eaten, and the act of eating promotes a radical reorientation away from external cues and toward internal ones. This turn is vital for survival, according to classic philosophy on appetite and contemporary studies of satiety, metabolic science as well as metaphysics and religion. By intertwining ancient wisdom from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam with cutting-edge research, Crane concludes that ethical eating is a means to achieve both personal health and social cohesion. Grounded in science and tradition, Eating Ethically shows us what it truly means to eat well.
In Eating Ethically, Crane masterfully demonstrates that eating well is both a good thing to do and personally achievable. It complements what many of us are calling for—a better, smarter, and more sustainable way of eating. John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods Market, coauthor of The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity
This entertaining and provocative book draws on biblical and philosophical sources to argue that eating is an act of ethics, and that we would all be happier and healthier if we adhered to the Bible’s dietary advice—eat enough, but not too much. Anyone interested in food will be fascinated by the stories Jonathan Crane tells here. Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat
In our modern world, eating can be a conundrum. We have so many choices but often the thought of making one about food is burdensome. Jonathan Crane looks to some conventional wisdom mixed with contemporary perspective to ask some provocative questions about food and our relationship with it. He explores the notions of what it means to eat well, to eat poorly, and everything in between. Yes, humans rely on food for survival and nourishment, but we also grow relationships, community, and reflect our cultural and geographical context through food. Eating Ethically is a compelling look into the complex network of food, religion, science, and culture in a unique way that will leave you with plenty of 'food for thought.' Steven Satterfield, James Beard Award-winning executive chef, co-owner, Miller Union, author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons
Eating Ethically provides both compelling and novel insight regarding the modern global obesity epidemic. Crane brilliantly and creatively integrates evidence from science, philosophy, culture, and religion to support that eating “just right” is important for personal, spiritual, and societal health. Laurence Sperling, MD, director of the Emory University Heart Disease Prevention Center
An accomplished ethicist and philosopher, Crane crafts a careful argument for what it means to eat well. Following a trajectory set by Michael Pollan and others, Eating Ethically is set apart by its interdisciplinarity, using biblical scholarship, nutritional science, biochemistry, and medicine to effectively buttress the idea that eating is an activity that resonates in both personal and social contexts. Benjamin Zeller, coeditor of Religion, Food, and Eating in North America
Crane's accessible prose and principled approach to eating make this a worthy addition to the ongoing discussion of how humans should consume food. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Contents

Preface

Part I: Eating Unwell
1. Full of Ourselves
2. Deprivation and Gluttony

Part II: I Eat Therefore I Am
3. The Eater
4. The Eaten
5. Eating

Part III: Eating Well
6. Eating’s Genesis
7. Satisfaction
8. Just Right

Part IV: I Eat Therefore I Am Tasteful
9. Savoring
10. Sacrificing
11. Sharing

Part V: Conclusion
12. Go Ahead, Refrain

Notes
References
Index

About the Author

Jonathan K. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Emory University Center for Ethics. He is the author of Narratives and Jewish Bioethics (2013); editor of Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents (Columbia, 2015); and coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality (2013).