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Famous Vegetarians & Their Favorite Recipes: Lives & Lore from Buddha to the Beatles Paperback – December 1, 1996

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Short bios and favorite recipes (some of them vegan) from people who are or were vegetarians at some point in their lives. Try Ghandi's Spicy Chapatis and Gujarati-Style carrot salad.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Pythagorean Books (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962616915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962616914
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author has come up with authentic recipes(or reasonable fac-similes thereof) reflecting the tastes of famous vegetarians throughout the ages. Anecdotal sketches give life to each of the 32 celebrities from Plato and Pythagoras to Tolstoi, Gandhi and George Bernard Shaw along with "contemporaries" like Paul McCartney and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Mr.Berry writes gracefully, and the 80 recipes are not only fascinating, but have been kitchen tested tested by the author for "savoriness." Many recipes are unfired. The book is fully referenced with footnotes(in the back). This is a superb book!
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I'm a 25 year vegetarian and thought I was pretty astute on the subject. Not. After reading this book it just made me more aware of how much I have to learn. For example, did you know that the gladiators were referred to as "the barley boys" since they NEVER ate meat, only barley to bulk up? Not only is the story of vegetarians totally amazing, but the recipes offered from each of the "famous vegetarians" are amazing. Mr. Berry even learned the Latin/Italian dialect of Leonardo Da Vinci in order to translate his amazing recipes.

Even if you're not a vegetarian, you'll find this an amazing read. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and so insightful. Just loved it and have bought several copies for friends.
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This book described people like Buddha, Plato, Jesus, da Vinci, etc. who were supposedly vegetarians and describes what they might have eaten using old recipes But there are a few new and different ones that make it more personal and inviting: Dr. Kellogg's cornflakes, Sylvester Graham's crackers, Louisa May Alcott's father's apple pan dowdy, Paul and Linda McCartney's pea soup, George Harrison's lentil soup, Killer Kowalski's borscht, etc. It combines history with vegetarianism and their dishes so is of most interest to vegetarians.
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