the original Why You Don't Need Meat
has been superceded by the New Why You Don't Need Meat
analyticalQ book review by Anne Ku
Why You Don't Need Meat
ISBN 0-7225-1298-8, copyright 1986, 240 pages paperback
8 May 2000
After browsing an hour and buying a handful of books at Watkins, I was in a hurry to get home. Then I spotted an old paperback on the bargain table. The title stood out in bold:
WHY YOU DON'T NEED MEAT Gives you the straight facts they don't want you to know about: What is in today's meat; Medical evidence on meat and your health.
Why did it take me fourteen years to discover this book? I was first introduced to the thought of not eating meat when my father cut down on his meat in-take after retirement. Then my sister stopped eating meat. Then my mother. My brother is still very much a carnivore. I am too much of a glutton to give up meat.
Meat in Chinese stands for the flesh of any moving animal, including fish. This book is exclusively non-seafood, it seems. It dispells several myths that I (and many others) grew up believing:
"Missing out" translates to "kiah-soo" in Singapore, which literally means "afraid to lose". That is probably the single reason why I've been reluctant to abstain from eating meat. I would go hungry. I would miss out on all the delicious suckling pigs, roast goose, kung pao chicken, etc. Most of all, I would be a party pooper, an outcast at banquets. Besides, I wouldn't have a balanced diet. My mother always cooked meat because it was easier to cook meat. There were more recipes containing meat. They tasted better.
This book is a real eye-opener. Is this book still in print? It is well researched. I'll have to continue this topic in my diary entry (8 May 2000).