Tovar Cerulli (MA 2011, Doctoral Candidate) Publishes The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance (Pegasus/W.W. Norton)

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.

In his deeply personal narrative, Cerulli explores our nutritional connections with the larger-than-human world. From a fateful encounter with a brook trout to a rekindled relationship with the only hunter in his family, he traces the evolution of his dietary philosophy. Contemplating vegetable gardens, farm fields, and deer woods with intellectual and emotional candor, he stalks both food and meaning.

Advance praise for The Mindful Carnivore calls the book “touching” and “thought-provoking” (Publisher’s Weekly) and “destined to become a classic” (Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of Righteous Porkchop). For those in the Pioneer Valley, Tovar will read from The Mindful Carnivore at Broadside Books, Main Street, Northampton on Tuesday, March 6, 7 pm.