The Heretic's Feast: A History of Vegetarianism

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UPNE, 1996 - Cooking - 402 pages
In this fascinating and informative story of vegetarianism since pre-historic times, Colin Spencer describes its religious, philosophical, and social aspects, introducing such prominent and often colorful believers as Pythagoras, Ovid, Leonardo, Sir Thomas More, Shelley, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Tolstoy, Shaw, Gandhi, and Hitler. Gracefully written and meticulously researched, the book presents not only a surprising slice through world history but also an unusual story of dissidence and revolt.
 

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I think the most surprising revelation in this book was the fact that vegetarians were considered politically subversive for so long in the West. The vested interests in killing animals for food were so huge they were considered to be part of what a human being is. Sad. Read full review

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Vegetarianism follows a radical path through Western culture: borne in the Orphic traditions inherited by Pythagoras from Ancient Egyptian religion. It flourished within Greek philosophy becoming an ... Read full review

Contents

In the Beginning 1
1
Pythagoras and His Inheritance 33
33
India
69
Plato to Porphyry
87
Plato at Table Greek Food Aristotle The Stoics
108
6 Gnostic Sects and the Manicheans
130
The Renaissance
180
9 The Clockwork Universe
201
The Rise of Humanism
223
Docks and Dandelions
252
Sunlight and Sandals
295
Sentient or Machine?
319
Afterword
344
The Rise of the Vegetarian Cookery Book
358
A Select Bibliography
384
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About the author (1996)

Novelist, playwright, and food critic for the Guardian, COLIN SPENCER also writes for film and television. An artist and author of books on food and cookery, he also cultivates flowers, herbs, and oriental vegetables in East Sussex.

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