Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Have You Been Reading 'The Pork Memoirs'?

Recently I had a simple question, 'There are many different cultures around the world that don't eat pork. But pig is perhaps the most delicious of all animals. If so many people agree that we should not eat pork and pork is damned delicious, their reasons must be pretty compelling, right?"

As a working mother, I have more good ideas than time to execute them. I have grand visions of being able to write a book about why people don't eat pork. Although those visions generally include me raising pigs and making sausage on a farm upstate while I do my research. Ironic, I know.

I came across a very compelling website today and I had to share it. It is called The Pork Memoirs and it is a weekly 'blog' (if you can call it that) where people submit stories of their personal pull and tug with all things pork. From the vegetarian who was seduced by a pork chop in Montreal to the young boy at a conservative Jewish school whose mother lied to him about his favorite salami containing the reviled animal, the website if full of well written stories of the human struggle with swine.

The reasons why people do not eat pork are myriad and complicated. Pork is a difficult food stuff to pass up, I imagine one would have to have good reason to be pork-less. Read this website. If you are interested in food, it is guaranteed to make you smile.


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  1. Thanks for this. I didn't know!! I fixed it and it should work now!

  2. I've heard pork was avoided because it used to be infested with parasites that did not die unless you cooked all the taste out of the meat.. and people did not want to take the risk. It's also forbidden to eat in some religions for being "unclean" which probably was because of the parasites.

    One dietitian told me not to eat it because pigs don't sweat, so there for the meat is full of toxins. I found that absurd. Because if the meat really were full of toxins I think someone would have figured that out scientifically before now and not just assumed it because they 'don't sweat'

    Not that I eat a lot of pork to begin with, I just don't have a taste for it..

  3. I don't know if you read any of the Paleo blogs, but there were a few posts about bacon (both for and against) around the same time. The different perspectives are interesting. Here are the 2 main posts, i thought there was one more but I can't find it.