Magazine article New Internationalist

[My Year of Meat]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[My Year of Meat]

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Writing an engaging and captivating book that examines the politics and science of the American meat industry, growing up in a mixed-race family, sexuality, adoption, rape, abortion and African-American spirituality sounds impossible. But Ruth L Ozeki's My Year of Meat covers all of the above and still manages to include a recipe for 'Beef Fudge'.

American Ozeki's first novel follows a year in the life of Jane Takagi-Little, documentary-maker and Akiko Ueno, a Japanese housewife whose husband is Jane's boss. Jane combs the US looking for perfect wives to cook perfect meals for the Japanese documentary series 'My American Wife!' In Japan, Akiko, under the orders of her producer-husband, struggles to prepare each of the series' meals -- including a rump roast marinated in Coca-Cola and pasta primavera, a recipe Jane has succeeded in including in the all-beef show only because it is prepared by a mixed-race lesbian couple. …

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