Slaughterhouse

Last night I finished the aforementioned Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz. It’s a great book (especially as a companion to Fast Food Nation) that details not only the cruelty to animals in slaughterhouses (and why so-called “humane slaughter” is almost never practiced these days thanks to insanely demanding production rates), but the cruelty to the workers. And unfortunately, that cruelty to workers directly affects the quality of the meat.

For instance, on many pig, chicken, and cow slaughter lines, workers are only given two seven minute breaks in a day. The few available toilets are occupied very quickly and workers often have no choice but to relieve themselves on the floor or on themselves as they work.

I’ll refrain from passing along any of the other gross, inhumane, and digustingly foul information that Eisnitz uncovered during her research for this book and let you pick it up if you’re ready for some stomach-churning reading.

One interesting thing to note is that the word “vegetarian” is never used in the book. Rather, it’s information presented with a minimum of preachiness, leaving the final decision with you as to how to use it.

Some Portuguese flavor

The other night we tried a Portuguese dish from the Mar/Apr 2001 issue of the Vegetarian Journal. It featured brown rice, lots of tomatoes, somespices, and chickpeas. Interestingly, the dish was baked rather than cooked on the stovetop. The end result was pretty good, though not quite as sharp and flavorful as I had hoped. The chickpeas were a nice touch.

Ditalini recipe on the way?

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The recipe I mentioned a while back was accepted at AllRecipe and should be posted in the next week or so. I’ll post a link here when it’s available.

My first recipe! Whoo-hoo!

Almond milk

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I took another look at the Blue Diamond site today and I have to say: for a site about almonds, the almond industry, and relatively unknown products like Almond Milk, it’s an attractive, informative site. All sorts of information about the health benefits of almonds as well as commentary on the current state of the almond crop.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love their chocolate almond milk, and just this week I picked up their vanilla almond milk. I haven’t tried it yet, but if it’s as good as the chocolate is, I’ll be pleased.