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Springer Mountain

Meditations on Killing and Eating

By Wyatt Williams

Springer Mountain

128 pp., 5 x 8, 6 halftones, notes, bibl

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6548-1
    Published: September 2021

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Drawing on years of investigative reporting, Wyatt Williams offers a powerful look at why we kill and eat animals. In order to understand why we eat meat, the restaurant critic and journalist investigated factory farms, learned to hunt game, worked on a slaughterhouse kill floor, and partook in Indigenous traditions of whale eating in Alaska. In Springer Mountain, he tells about his experiences while charting the history of meat eating and vegetarianism.


Williams shows how mysteries springing up from everyday experiences can lead us into the big questions of life while examining the irreconcilable differences between humans and animals. Springer Mountain is a thought-provoking work, one that reveals how what we eat tells us who we are.

About the Author

Wyatt Williams is a former restaurant critic. His essays have been published by The New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, The Believer, and The Paris Review. In 2018, his essay “After Oranges” was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award and anthologized in The Best American Food Writing series.
For more information about Wyatt Williams, visit the Author Page.


"Reading Wyatt Williams is always a pleasure."--Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

"This book about death is alive. If you ate today, you should read it."--J. D. Daniels, author of The Correspondence

"An instant classic."--Kristin Dombek, author of The Selfishness of Others