Item description for VEGETARIANISM: A History by Colin Spencer...
The aim of this book is to explore "the psychology of abstention from flesh and to discover why omnivorous humans at times voluntarily abstain from an available food". Spencer begins in pre-history and ends in modern times.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.18" Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street Cookery
ISBN 1902304586 ISBN13 9781902304588
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More About Colin Spencer
Colin Spencer is an author and playwright and was food editor for "The Guardian" for thirteen years. He is the author of "Vegetarianism: A History" and co-author of "The Faber Book of Food."
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A noble and eccentric history Jun 8, 2008
This is a delightful social history of vegetarianism focusing primarily on the Western world and the individuals who pioneered "bloodless" cuisine and dietary practice. The section on this lifestyle in 18th century Europe & America is rich in the cast of remarkably thoughtful and reasonable little known characters of great passion who sought to bring the dharma of ahimsa to others. Within 50 miles of where I live there was a mid-19th century attempt at a vegetarian community established by British settlers along the Marmaton river in Bourbon County, Kansas. It lasted barely a year.
Mr. Spencer's style is chatty and anecdotal yet scholarly. Which makes this a great read for anyone not merely dedicated vegetarians. Before reading this book I had thought vegetarianism as a social force was the outgrowth of 19th century intentional community life as with Fruitlands, New Harmony & the Oneida colony culminating in the often bizzare but influencial writings of Sylvester Graham of childhood cracker fame and Seventh day Adventism. As with most subcultures and alternative movements- often they were attempting to manifest a good before its time. Highly recommended.