What did Adolf Hitler, George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Frankfurt, Byron, women's rights leader Anna Kingsford, and Mahatma Gandhi have in common? They were all vegetarians. This is a digital edition of the classic exploration of vegetarianism which is just as controversial today as it was when it was first published.
Neither for or against vegetarianism, it is a social history of a way of eating as well as an exploration of the famous and infamous who practiced a meatless diet for nutritional and ethical reasons. Just some of the groups covered in The Vegetable Passion: A History of the Vegetarian State of Mind include the Pythagoreans in Greece, the Jains in India, da Vinci and the dietetic renaissance in Italy, the Doukhhobors in Russia and Canada, Richard Wagner, the communes in the U.S. and so much more.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I enjoyed the overview of the evolution of the vegetarian way of eating and a look in on some of the better known advocates and practitioners of vegetarianism. The section on what a vegetarian should and should not eat is very dated with a lot of erroneous information that food and nutritional science has since debunked. This section would do well with an update.
Would you recommend The Vegetable Passion to your friends? Why or why not?
Not really, as there are better books that explain the why, what and how with more accurate information. Too much time was spent on Hitler's life, outside of his dietary persuasion, that tended to stray from the topic.
Did The Vegetable Passion inspire you to do anything?