Thursday, March 15, 7:00 pm – The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance

Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge, hosts author Tovar Cerulli on Thursday, March 15, beginning at 7 pm. Drawing on personal experience, philosophy, history, and religion, Cerulli shows how America’s overly sanitized habits of consumption have disconnected us from our food, resulting in many of the spiritual and environmental crises we now face. In this time of intensifying concern over ecological degradation and animal welfare, how do we make peace with the fact that, even by growing organic vegetables, life is sustained by death? As a boy, Tovar Cerulli spent his summers fishing for trout and hunting bullfrogs. While still in high school, he began to experiment with vegetarianism. By the age of twenty he was a vegan. A decade later, in the face of declining health, he returned to omnivory and within a few years found himself heading into the woods, rifle in hand. Tovar split his undergraduate years between Dartmouth College and the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, and has worked as a carpenter and freelance writer. An environmentalist, Tovar has also worked as a logger. He is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student at UMass Amherst. His research is focused on food, hunting, and human relationships with nature. For more information, visit, or call 617-491-2220.