Hoovering - Episode 41: Louise Gray

Welcome to HOOVERING, the podcast about eating. Host, Jessica Fostekew (Guilty Feminist, Motherland) has a frank conversation with an interesting person about gobbling; guzzling; nibbling; scoffing; devouring and wolfing all up… or if you will, hoovering.


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This week my guest is LOUISE GRAY, and environmental and food writer whose incredible book THE ETHICAL CARNIVORE gave me a fundamental gear shift in the ways I was thinking about meat eating and the environment and the whole big picture. It was an honour to talk to somebody both so well-informed and articulate. We have a truly brilliant conversation (hence this episode being so long) about the ethics of eating, outing our disordered eating, working through it and finding both stress but also great joy in eating. Ooo and she cooked me a wild Scottish rabbit. Mind and mouth: blown. 



Honourable Mentions


HERE is the brilliant Observer article about being a food writer and bulimic which first made me aware of Louise.


BUY LOUISE’S BOOK HERE - THE ETHICAL CARNIVORE - packed with information and inspiration whilst being unputdownable to boot. My favourite non-fiction book for years. 


THESE ARE GREEN GUERRILLA the lovely boys with all the veggie cakes in Durham market 


Her local Edinburgh butcher was GEORGE BOWER


It’s pricy but here’s THE PIG ON THE BEACH I mentioned down in Dorset near my hometown


HERE is Peter Singer’s wiki page, he’s the powerfully persuasive philosopher and animal rights activist. 


HERE is Alex Renton writing candidly about boys’ boarding schools. 


There is a whole website dedicated to the late, great M F K FISCHER


And then on the hunt for ethical fish there is for restaurants FISH 2 FORK, and go to MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY for their red-green guide on how bad to good fish is to eat if you put all the details in, whilst out shopping. And STAMP TO LOOK FOR ON FISH IS THIS ONE FROM THE MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL


And in a tiny bit that didn’t make the edit Louise mentioned that the honey on our beautiful, colourful carrots was from her boyfriends’ Dad’s BEE FARM - Wainwright’s in Aber. 



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