Beef: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World

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By Evan (Leeds, H3, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · March 16, 2010
I confess, I'm slow to learn about GoodReads and have just created an account. As the author of this book, I'd be thrilled to engage in the ideas and respond to criticism. If anyone is interested, feel free to join my facebook group (Evan D.G. Fraser and Andrew Rimas: ...more
By Terri · ★★★★☆ · February 10, 2014
"Imagine our world without cattle, and you're not imagining our world." Great start to a book about beef!

Throughout the ages the cow has been an incredible bargain for the bit of grass it consumes, "They pulled loads, they made milk, and when they could do no more, they gave up their bones to the... ...more
By Kitten · ★★★☆☆ · September 10, 2014
I'm rather obsessed with the food industry. What it was, is, & should be. Usually I find these types of nonfiction books fascinating. Not so with this book. A boring read that I couldn't wait to get over with!
This book reminds me of the dull history books in High School, informative, useful,... ...more
By Nathan (New Zealand) · ★★★☆☆ · August 28, 2010
Great history, great facts, but no continuity. It reads like a blog archive, not like a book. ...more
By Steven (Austin, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · June 19, 2009
I'm a total sucker for how-(fill in any element from the periodic table, groundbreaking invention, animal)-changed-the-world-as-we-know-it books. This wasn't one of the better ones, but I liked some things about it.

One of the authors (I'm not sure which), could be quite lyrical in describing catt... ...more
By Allison (Houston, TX) · ★★☆☆☆ · October 28, 2013
Disappointment is really all I have to say. I thought it was going to be more than it was. The first 100 pages are hard to get through as it was the early years of cows history. I think it spent too much time on that. It was the last 100 pages that were more interesting to me as it was closer to... ...more
By Claudia (Guadalajara, 14, Mexico) · ★☆☆☆☆ · March 24, 2014
Demasiada poesía y romance. ...more
By Petar (Saint Catharines, ON, Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · August 19, 2011
The cow is truly an interesting and at times quite fascinating animal. The rise of beef consumption has had a direct impact on our planet and it is interesting to read just how much the humble bovine has shaped our fair planet. Unfortunately, I found the culinary interludes slightly irritating. I... ...more
By Noel (Milpitas, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · December 23, 2011
There's a couple of chuckles to be had in here. It's a light, afternoon read but not much beyond that. ...more
By Cissa · ★★★★★ · April 01, 2010
Very informative and readable account of the domestication of cattle through the ages. I really enjoyed it. ...more