Killing It by Camas Davis

Killing It

A wayward young woman abandons her magazine career to learn the old ways of butchery and discover what it means to take life into her own handsCamas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads. A longtime magazine writer and editor in the food world, she'd returned to her home state of Oregon with her boyfriend from New York City to take an appealing job at a Portland lifestyle magazine. But neither job nor boyfriend delivered on her dreams, and in the sp...

Details Killing It

TitleKilling It
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Press
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Food and Drink, Food, Nonfiction, Foodie, Biography Memoir, Animals

Reviews Killing It

  • Hayli
    '"I also believe if every slaughterhouse and farm and butcher shop were made of glass, we'd have a very different system of meat production.'"3 stars. This book was ok, nothing wrong or problematic, but not something I would normally read.I loved the parts of the book that were set in Gascony. Learning about the whole culture of slaughtering and eating meat in France was so fascinating. This book makes me want to travel to France to experience ex...
  • Amy Morgan
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Camas Davis is a magazine writer who just got fired from her job, left her long time boyfriend and then moved in with a new boyfriend who she immediately tells she is going to France to learn to be a butcher. Sounds crazy right? I thought so until I read her story. This book was incredibly fascinating and made me really think about where my food comes from and where I want it to come from in th...
  • Andrienne
    I was both aghast and tantalized with how the author pulled off describing her experience in butchery and sharing her views about meat processing and meat consumption. This book transformed me - I’m still a meat eater but it has made me curious about the meat handling process and it has made me care about where my food comes from. Review copy provided by the publisher.
  • Stephanie
    EAT, PRAY, LOVE, only this time 1) in France 2) with meat, and (3) an extra helping of self-absorption.
  • Mollie
    Formidable! What an awesome read! Fascinating and sincere, Camas Davis will make you question where our meat comes from and, at the same time, make you want to learn how to butcher a pigs head and make pate de tete. Read this book as soon as you can get your hands on it. You will not be disappointed.
  • Jay bookworm
    I am sending a huge thank you to the publisher, Penguin, as well as Goodreads for offering this giveaway. This book absolutely blew me away. The author lost her job, had a dream and eventually made it happen. Her dream? To become a butcher. Luckily, her previous job gave her a network to be able to explore the world of whole animal butchering and the people that she meets along the way teach her many things. The writing is amazing, poetic, romant...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Talk about taking a sideways turn in your life! Davis actually did what a lot of us might occasionally think about- take off for France. I have to admit being a butcher is not high on my personal list of life goals but more power to her for doing it. This is a well written memoir that should not be dismissed as an "eat, pray, love" competitor. Davis has a lot to say about the culture of meat (I know!), feminism, how women are treated in what rema...
  • Natalie
    I really enjoyed this book! Being an animal science major I’ve taken a meat class and we had to observe and help with a pig, cow, and lamb slaughter. The details in the book are spot on and true. It reminded me to respect where our food comes from and that it can be humanely done!
  • Jennifer E Volem
    A thoughtful consideration of the carnivorous diet approached by a curious mind, "Killing It" takes the reader along on the author's unexpected journey with honesty and wit.
  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    3.75 stars