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Vegetarian America: A History

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"Vegetarian America: A History is an affordable and highly recommended acquisition for the circulating collections of all academic, health sciences, and public libraries. It deserves a place in the culinary collections of all hospital and other special libraries, cooking schools, and the personal collections of everyone with an interest in the history of food."-E-Streams

"[A] compelling, readable account of an unfamiliar history."-Boston Herald

"Vegetarian America: A History should be placed in every library in this country."-MBR Internet Bookwatch

"[T]his extremely well researched book is a worthwhile purchase for both large public and academic libraries."-Library Journal

"Vegetarian America is a truly amazing, deftly researched and succinctly presented tour of the side of America that is not so commonly seen amid the thousands of turkey, beef, and ham commercials."-The Bookwatch

"[A] most entertaining history of the practice of vegetarianism in the United States from the late 1700s to the present....Vegetarian America is a truly amazing, deftly researched and succinctly presented tour of the side of America that is not so commonly seen amid the thousands of turkey, beef, and ham commercials."-Vegetarian Journal

"Vegetarian America is a history of the movement in the US from the 18th century to today. The book goes thoroughly and compellingly into a history about which most vegetarians themselves are unaware. The Iacobbos provide fascinating stories and details about the key people, organizations, and events in vegetarianism....Recommended. All levels."-Choice

"ÝA¨ compelling, readable account of an unfamiliar history."-Boston Herald

"ÝT¨his extremely well researched book is a worthwhile purchase for both large public and academic libraries."-Library Journal

"ÝA¨ most entertaining history of the practice of vegetarianism in the United States from the late 1700s to the present....Vegetarian America is a truly amazing, deftly researched and succinctly presented tour of the side of America that is not so commonly seen amid the thousands of turkey, beef, and ham commercials."-Vegetarian Journal

?[A] compelling, readable account of an unfamiliar history.?-Boston Herald

?Vegetarian America: A History should be placed in every library in this country.?-MBR Internet Bookwatch

?[T]his extremely well researched book is a worthwhile purchase for both large public and academic libraries.?-Library Journal

?Vegetarian America is a truly amazing, deftly researched and succinctly presented tour of the side of America that is not so commonly seen amid the thousands of turkey, beef, and ham commercials.?-The Bookwatch

?[A] most entertaining history of the practice of vegetarianism in the United States from the late 1700s to the present....Vegetarian America is a truly amazing, deftly researched and succinctly presented tour of the side of America that is not so commonly seen amid the thousands of turkey, beef, and ham commercials.?-Vegetarian Journal

?Vegetarian America is a history of the movement in the US from the 18th century to today. The book goes thoroughly and compellingly into a history about which most vegetarians themselves are unaware. The Iacobbos provide fascinating stories and details about the key people, organizations, and events in vegetarianism....Recommended. All levels.?-Choice

?Vegetarian America: A History is an affordable and highly recommended acquisition for the circulating collections of all academic, health sciences, and public libraries. It deserves a place in the culinary collections of all hospital and other special libraries, cooking schools, and the personal collections of everyone with an interest in the history of food.?-E-Streams

"Vegetarian America is an entertaining and informative read that puts into perspective the rich history of the U.S. vegetarian movement."-Suzanne Havala Hobbs, Director, Carolina Health Summit University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"Vegetarian America is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. It shows clearly where the path is leading and I hope enough of us get on it before it's too late for our children and grandchildren."-Howard F. Lyman LL.D., author of Mad Cowboy

"Karen and Michael Iacobbo have done a stellar job at digging down to the roots of our vegetarian heritage. Their new book is a bountiful harvest of fascinating information, and should be required reading for anyone walking the veg way."-Jeff Nelson, President, VegSource.com

"Every once in a while someone comes along and sees the need for explaining, or defining, and clarifying a basic reality. The Iacobbos have certainly done this with their book. It is a major breakthrough, both journalistically and inspirationally."-Colman McCarthy, Columnist, The Washington Post

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"Karen and Michael Iacobbo have done a stellar job at digging down to the roots of our vegetarian heritage. Their new book is a bountiful harvest of fascinating information, and should be required reading for anyone walking the veg way." (Jeff Nelson, President, VegSource.com)

"Every once in a while someone comes along and sees the need for explaining, or defining, and clarifying a basic reality. The Iacobbos have certainly done this with their book. It is a major breakthrough, both journalistically and inspirationally." (Colman McCarthy, Columnist, The Washington Post)

"Vegetarian America is an entertaining and informative read that puts into perspective the rich history of the U.S. vegetarian movement." (Suzanne Havala Hobbs, Director, Carolina Health Summit, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

"Vegetarian America is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. It shows clearly where the path is leading and I hope enough of us get on it before it's too late for our children and grandchildren." (Howard F. Lyman LL.D., author of Mad Cowboy) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (April 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275975193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275975197
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is facinating. What a treasure!
If you are a vegetarian you will love this book.You will be surprised and in awe of those who have ventured the path before you.
Not a vegetarian but have a love for history especially presented in an entertaing and informative manner? If so, you will find this book rich with facinating information that can not be found anywhere in one volume. The first chapter for example, grabs the reader by describing the vegetarian path of our dear and beloved Ben Franklin.
This book is a must for both vegetarians and lovers of history.
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The Iacobbos' book is an excellent introduction to the vegetarian movement in the United States. The authors adroitly blend a sociological approach to vegetarianism with colorful, informative sketches of the lives of major historical figures in the movement from William Alcott, Sylvester Graham and John Harvey Kellogg to contemporary advocates of vegan and raw food dietetic practices and animal rights crusaders. The authors weave together various threads of health-related social reformism of the 19th Century such as natural hygiene, anti-tobacco and temperance movements along side vegetarianism in an intriguing and well-researched book. Students, culinary historians, and general readers alike will be well served by this source.
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Karen and Michael Iacobbo are brilliant writers, tenacious

researchers, scribes of compassion whose pens are magic wands

touching all hearts by enlivening the vegetarian past of America. They describe the Bible Christian Church whose pastors Metcalfe and Cowherd had names which perhaps sparked their consciousness, the poetry of John Harvey Kellogg, MD, the dedicated life of Sylvester

Graham (after whom Graham crackers are named), the feminist

activism of Connie Salamone for female chickens and cows

who are in prison, the passion of Ellen G White and other

Seventh Day Adventists, the power of Srila Prabhupad whose

Hare Krishna movement has given out trillions of free vegetarian

meals around the world.

They delineate ethical, health, energy, environment, esthetic

and other reasons to take the plunge into a nonviolent diet.

Vegetarians now receive life insurance discounts as the average

abstainer from flesh lives 7 years longer.

The Iacobbo's cover Alex Hershaft, founder of the Great American Meatout,

PETA activists, Dudley Giehl, author and founder of Animal

Liberation in NYC, raw vegetarian meals for Congress, and

thousands more activists.

This poster has one point of separation, believing that

vegetarian diet began not with Pythagoras and the Greeks

but with Rama, considered by a billion Hindus to be the

first Avatar, about whose Spirit of which vegetarianism

was a part, the Ramayana was written 20,000 years ago.
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Vegetarian America: A History is a most entertaining history of the practice of vegetarianism in the United States, from the late 1700s to the present. Defying the notion that American vegetariasm sprang solely from the 1960's radical counterculture, Vegetarian America examines movements from a wide variety of eras, and the physicians, socialites, feminists and other prominent figures who embraced it, from Johnny Appleseed and the Bible Christians to John Harvey Kellogg and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Exploring motives that ranged from religious movements to concern about animal rights to nutritional discoveries, Vegetarian America is a truly amazing, deftly researched and succinctly presented tour of the side of America that is not so commonly seen amid the thousands of turkey, beef, and ham commercials.
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