I just started reading this fascinating book after a friend at Chelsea Green Publishing sent me an advanced copy. I guess they thought with a blog called "Honest Meat" I should be able to review a book called "Meat: A Benign Extravagance". This is now the second book in my collection by a British farmer with Meat in the title- my other favorite one is the River Cottage MEAT book.
This appears to be a dense and thoroughly researched book, not for those looking for a quick read about an endearing tale of a former vegetarium-cum-meat farmer or a city girl who trades in her laptop for a butcher's knife. This book is for those who want to delve deeply into the issues of meat production, climate change, food security and omnivory. I will write more once I polish off a few chapters. For now you will have to wait and lick your chops. In the meantime, get yourself signed up at Powell's Books to get the first copies due out in January of next year.