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'Foie Gras Wars': A real page-turner

July 6, 2009 |  9:41 am

Foie gras Time to think about summer reading, and rifling through a pile of books I’ve been dipping into, I just came across "The Foie Gras Wars" by Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Caro.

I can’t believe I ever put the book down. Admittedly, the topic sounds like hard going, but this is so well-written and so balanced in its treatment that it is, improbably, a real page turner. It has everything: fascinating characters, devious deeds, wit, suspense, science.

Guaranteed, you’ll think and think hard before you take that next bite of foie.

"The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World’s Fiercest Food Fight,"  by Mark Caro, Simon & Schuster; hardcover, 2009, 355 pages, $25.

--S. Irene Virbila

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