A Plate of Resistance

Vegetarianism as a Response to World Violence
Hélène Defossez
ISBN: 9781590563430
Book (Paperback)
Lantern Books
List Price: $12.00

5 x 8 inches
December 2013


When she was eight years old, Hélène Defossez experienced something that would change her forever: Out on a farm in the French countryside, she witnessed the beheading of a rabbit. What started out as a pang of childish pity eventually grew into a lifelong philosophy, a fundamental choice to refuse to consume animal flesh.

In this personal manifesto, Defossez talks about her decision to adopt a plant-based diet, what it means in today's society, and the positive consequences that such a choice entails. She highlights the ethical and political dimensions of vegetarianism, inviting us to question our relationship with animals and our way of life in general. Above all, she presents a passionate argument for anyone sitting on the fence to find the strength to go against the tide and leave meat behind for good.

A hit in France and available for the first time in English, A Plate of Resistance presents a unique view of the world that is nevertheless universal in its messages of compassion and nonviolent resistance as methods to effect positive change.


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Review by professor Richard Schwartz on Jewcology