Food blog­ger calls for big change

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

and men­tors all re­ceive gen­er­ous praise. This sense of fair­ness makes his over­all pro­ject more ap­proach­able. But for all its strengths, The Eth­i­cal

has not suc­cess­fully moved on from its roots as a blog. Reed fre­quently con­tra­dicts him­self and bounces un­nec­es­sar­ily be­tween ideas. He claims to have no in­ter­est in telling the reader how or what to eat, but has writ­ten an en­tire book do­ing just that. Reed would be more ef­fec­tive if he avoided mask­ing his own agenda in a ve­neer of po­lite tol­er­ance.

His oc­ca­sional pot­shots at ve­g­ans and vege­tar­i­ans are odd. One has sym­pa­thy for his con­tention that with­draw­ing from eat­ing an­i­mals is hardly suf­fi­cient to ef­fect whole­sale change. Yet Reed falls vic­tim to the al­lor-noth­ing per­fec­tion­ist ten­dency fa­mil­iar among those with an es­pe­cially strong com­mit­ment to a cause.

KRISTO­PHER SKINNER/CON­TRA COSTA TIMES

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