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I'm a Texas native where we, like our culture and food are closer to the Mexican capital than to Washington, DC. The Joy of Cooking and The Doubleday Cookbooks are my foundations in the kitchen. Although I've always eaten meat without apology, I regret and oppose the conditions in which animals are often grown today. Please urge everyone (especially your butcher) to look for and buy the meat of animals given as much free range as possible. A pet peeve is the waste of meat through spoilage and leftovers. If an animal lived and died mainly to feed you, please consume it.