Pig Tales

  • by Barry Estabrook
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Barry Estabrook, author of the New York Times bestseller Tomatoland, now explores the dark side of the American pork industry. Drawing on his personal experiences raising pigs as well as his sharp investigative instincts, he covers the range of the human-porcine experience. He embarks on nocturnal feral pig hunts in Texas. He visits farmers who raise animals in vast confinement barns for Smithfield and Tyson, two of the country's biggest pork producers. And he describes the threat of infectious disease and the possible contamination of our food supply. Through these stories shines his abiding love for these remarkable creatures. With the cognitive abilities of at least three-year-olds, they can even learn to operate a modified computer. Unfortunately for the pigs, they're also delicious to eat.
Estabrook shows how these creatures are all too often subjected to lives of suffering in confinement and squalor, sustained on a drug-laced diet just long enough to reach slaughter weight, then killed on mechanized disassembly lines. But it doesn't have to be this way. It is possible to raise pigs responsibly and respectfully in a way that is good for producers, consumers, and some of the top chefs in America. Provocative, witty, and deeply informed, Pig Tales is bound to spark conversation at dinner tables across America.


What the Critics Say

A thoroughly researched, deftly written piece of investigative journalism.
(Kirkus Starred Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A helpful and focused book.

If you've read the omnivores dilemma and the third plate you probably have a basic guess as to where this book is going, and that's OK. this is a helpful addition to those works, but not as robust. If you care about stewardship issues it is worth reading. the first few chapters of the audio book were cut poorly but things sounded better after a few chapters.
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- samuel d desocio

Enlightening and well done

Some sections were dry but interesting; while others were very memorable. Comprehensive, journalistic, valuable.

Given the title, and that I'm vegan, the author's quest is not completely mine. Nonetheless, I really appreciate the author's integrity and commitment.
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- D. Spencer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio