Vegetarianism

A History

Colin Spencer

Colin Spencer's comprehensive book, reissued in paperback for the first time in fifteen years explores the psychology of abstention from flesh and attempts to discover why omnivorous humans at times voluntarily abstain from an available food.
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Grub Street Cookery
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781910690215
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$29.95

Overview
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Though the word ‘vegetarianism’ was not coined until the mid-nineteenth century, the vegetarian diet has been around as long as man has. Vegetarians have included in their number: heretics, humanists, Hindus, Christian fundamentalists, radicals, agnostics, philosophers, founders of religion and even an Emperor. Not surprisingly vegetarians have often been discriminated against – sometimes tortured, even killed – for their beliefs. So the history of vegetarianism is also a history of dissidence and revolt. Colin Spencer’s comprehensive book, reissued in paperback for the first time in fifteen years explores the psychology of abstention from flesh and attempts to discover why omnivorous humans at times voluntarily abstain from an available food. The result is a thorough work of scholarship, entertaining in places, horrifying in others. The breadth of Spencer’s research is quite outstanding and makes for a truly erudite read. He begins in pre-history and ends in the present day.

About The Author
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Colin Spencer is a man of parts: novelist, playwright, historian of vegetarianism, compiler of several excellent cookery books.

REVIEWS
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"A history of religion and diet...totally absorbing and fascinating."

- The Telegraph

"Spencer's title is comprehensive and meticulously researched."

- Who Do You Think You Are

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