This editor has spent almost a quarter-century in journalism and has a pretty tough hide as a result, but she has to admit that the review...

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This editor has spent almost a quarter-century in journalism and has a pretty tough hide as a result, but she has to admit that the review of “Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America’s Favorite Food” on this page is, well, depressing.

So in the interest of balance, here’s the lighter side of chickens: “Extra Extraordinary Chickens” by Stephen Green-Armytage (Abrams, 112 pp., $24.95). This follow-up to the author’s “Extraordinary Chickens” features many beautiful photographs of many confoundingly weird chickens. They’re the kind you go to the state fair to see, “from the dignified Brahma to the cuddly Silkies to the ostentatiously feathered Polish and Frizzles,” according to the book jacket. Remember Big Bird of Sesame Street? Surely he was a Polish Frizzle, before he got an agent.

Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor