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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Camas Davis Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 24, 2018 ISBN: 9780525627098
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The story of a wayward young woman’s transformation from knowing magazine journalist to humble butcher, in the process discovering what it means to take life into her own hands

Camas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads, to say the least. 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 smart Portland lifestyle magazine. But neither job nor boyfriend delivered on the dream, and before she knew what hit her, Davis was unemployed, on her own, with nothing to fall back on. What she did know was that she was sick of being in the business of mediating other people’s experiences. She didn’t want to write about the real thing any longer; she wanted to be the real thing.

A child of the country, Camas grew up hunting and fishing, and she found in her Portland foodie world that her core self connected deeply with animals and food. But she had moral and philosophical questions about the ethics of meat-eating, and where food fits in a larger environmental framework. She knew just enough to know what she didn’t know and wanted to learn. So when a friend told her about an American woman in Gascony, France who ran a sort of communal cooking school and took in strays in exchange for odd work, it sounded like just what the doctor ordered. Her new teacher offered her entree to a nearby family of French butchers, the Chapolard brothers, who were willing to take her under their wing and induct her in their way of life, which prizes pleasure, compassion, community, and authenticity. So when she found a forgotten credit card that had just enough credit on it to buy a plane ticket, she took it as kismet.

So begins Camas Davis’s funny, heartfelt, searching memoir of her journey to becoming a successful and enlightened butcher, of all things. It’s a story that takes her from an eye-opening stint in a rural France where deep artisanal craft thrives despite the rise of mass scale agribusiness, back to a Portland in the throes of a food revolution, where it suddenly seems possible to translate much of this old-world craft into a new world setting. The journey is not without its heartaches and fiascos, but in the end it amounts to a triumphant story of figuring out what being the real thing means to you and carving out a path until you get it.

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About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.