Reviews

Publishing-industry reviewers

  • Publishers Weekly – “A touching and thought-provoking exploration of not only what we eat but how we eat it.”
  • Kirkus Reviews – “Entertaining and erudite. Cerulli’s refreshingly evenhanded tone allows readers to judge the author’s argument on the merits of his literary and personal evidence.”
  • Library Journal – “Speaks eloquently to the difference between a deer on the hoof and a plastic-wrapped package of meat.”

Print media

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – “Provides a genuine and thorough map to a guiding principle: Regardless of your dietary choices or preferences, be aware of where your food comes from and do your best to do as little damage as possible.”
  • Sports Afield – “A gripping look at some of the central questions, both practical and philosophical, of human existence, this book is bound to make you think, not just about hunting but about the way our lives and all of the food we consume are connected to the larger picture.”
  • Audubon – “Seeking insight from family and friends, literature, and history, Cerulli reevaluates his personal philosophy on meat eating and hunting. . . . Eventually he sets off into the woods to face a hard truth: Death is integral to life, killing part of sustaining.”
  • New Mexico Wildlife – “This groundbreaking book has enormous potential to create a dialogue with differing groups about our relationship with hunting, animals, and eating.”
  • Wisconsin Natural Resources – “A pleasure to read, absorbing and well-researched. . . a thoughtful account of one man’s motivations for deciding to hunt.”
  • Arizona Wildlife Views – “To my surprise, this book not only documents a vegetarian’s odyssey into the carnivore’s world, it is a 288-page recipe for becoming a competent and conscientious hunter.”
  • Winnipeg Free Press – “This book is about a journey. And it’s a compelling one. . . . It will coax you into thinking about things that you may not have considered part of your hunting career: ecology, landscape use, sustainability, nutrition, and food safety. . . . There’s a lot to love about this book, including Cerulli’s gift with the pen.”
  • Concord Monitor – “The Mindful Carnivore should be on everyone’s reading list. . . It doesn’t preach, it doesn’t divide. It simply asks us all to think more about what we eat.”
  • The Hippo – “Gets an ‘A’ for startling originality in a saturated field, deft storytelling, and a subject that matters.”
  • Montpelier Bridge – “A thought-provoking read for anyone who has considered the implications of eating and of coexisting on this planet.”

Websites and blogs

  • Serious Eats – “As a long-time vegetarian . . . I was more than a little wary. . . Fortunately, this book retires exhausted tropes and instead presents a truly original and touching account of connecting with nature.”
  • San Francisco Examiner – “If you’re wrestling with your own food choices these days, you’ll appreciate the honest and heartfelt companionship.”
  • Casual Kitchen – “One of the most unusual and intriguing books I’ve ever read. . . . Thought-provoking, educational, subtle, and agenda-free.”
  • Potlikkery – “One of the most lovely and thoughtful books I’ve read all year.”
  • Novelspot – “A necessary and relevant book. . . If you eat, you should read it. Even if you are vegan or vegetarian. It is that important.”
  • Bookbird – “An uneasy book, and a brave one. . . I would urge you not to dismiss it because you feel your opinions are already fixed. . . I think the author would consider it a compliment to know that this book made me consider becoming vegan once more.”
  • Stella Cooks – “Deeply thoughtful, challenging, and beautifully written. . . . He writes with profound understanding of both the ethical imperative that drives the choices of vegetarians and vegans and the wonder and intimacy experienced by the ethical hunter.”
  • Humaneitarian – “His trek into the world of hunting is enlightening and humorous. . . . A great read for anyone — those who hunt and those who don’t, for those who eat meat and those who prefer not to.”
  • GeekMom – “This book will make you think about your choices and your impacts on the planet.”
  • Em and Emm Expound on Exposition – “This book was far and away one of the more thought-provoking, clearly explained, and beautiful books that I’ve ever read on vegetarianism, eating in general, or humanity’s connection to nature.”
  • The Insufficient Skeptic – “A hit right to the heart of matters of life, death, and food. . . Tovar’s writing seems to come from a place of wonder, humility, and a new comfort with philosophical uncertainties.”
  • The Will to Hunt – “This book should be required reading for anyone looking to become a vegetarian or a hunter. . . Lays it all out fairly without being an attack on any lifestyle.”
  • NorCal Cazadora – “An eloquent and sometimes suspenseful account of his quest to become a mindful eater.”
  • The Hog Blog – “I found so many ‘favorite sections’ that it’s unfair to single out any one of them. . . He probes and asks the hard questions, and sometimes comes up with tough answers.”
  • Following Ghost – “Brings more depth to the discussion rather than the usual I’m-right-you’re-wrong rhetoric heard on both sides.”
  • Women’s Outdoor News – “Why read this book? Because it’s the type of book that will take you out of yourself.”
  • Orion Mind – “What appears to be a transition between incompatible beliefs is shown to be the outcome of the same path to environmental enlightenment.”
  • Sustainablog – “Although a reader may not agree with many of his conclusions or his actions, and many of his arguments can be countered, Cerulli has created many opportunities for eaters of all types to reflect on what they put in their mouths. . . and how they get it.”
  • Book Bags and Cat Naps – “At times touching, at other times disturbing, this is an incredibly emotive book, yet still manages to keep a tight hold of the facts.”
  • The Healthy Outdoorsman – “After reading this book, I have a new outlook on hunting, and even veganism. These two seemingly polar opposite lifestyles still share commonalities that are easy to overlook.”
  • Deerland – “No matter how you’d label yourself—hunter, nonhunter, antihunter, vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, or just an omnivore with dilemmas—this is a book worth reading.  And once you’ve finished it, you may begin questioning those labels that once seemed so simple and clear.”
  • HuntingLife – “A natural addition to the library that includes Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Wendell Berry’s many essays on the use of land.”