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The Face on Your Plate

The Truth About Food

by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

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In this revelatory work, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson shows how food affects our moral selves, our health, and the environment. It raises questions to make us conscious of the decisions behind every bite we take: What effect does eating animals have on our land, waters, even global warming? What are the results of farming practices—debeaking chickens and separating calves from their mothers—on animals and humans? How does the health of animals affect the health of our planet and our bodies? And uniquely, as a psychoanalyst, Masson investigates how denial keeps us from recognizing the animal at the end of our fork—think pig, not bacon—and each food and those that are forbidden.

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"Starred Review. It probably won't convert many confirmed meat eaters, but it should provoke serious deliberation about how our food choices reflect our values." - Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week.

"Eat your way to Eden or Armageddon, Masson writes convincingly, but bystander status no longer applies." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Well footnoted with ample suggestions for further reading, this is recommended for both academic and public libraries." - Library Journal.

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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson Author Biography

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is an American author. Masson is best known for his conclusions about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis.

Jeff has a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard University. He was Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Toronto. While at the university he trained as a Freudian analyst (from 1971-1979) graduating as a full member of the International Psycho-Analytical Association. In 1980 he became Project Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives.

Given access to Freud's papers in London and the Library of Congress, his research led him to believe that Freud made a mistake when he stopped believing that the source of much human misery lay in sexual abuse. Masson's view was so controversial within traditional analytic circles that he was fired from the archives and had his ...

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