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Description - Vegetarianism by Colin Spencer

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. Colin Spencer is one of the country's leading food historians but his prolific output has not been limited to this field alone. He has written nine novels, a dozen cookery books, has had six plays produced, as well as writing for television and film and was food columnist for The Guardian for thirteen years. REVIEWS: 'A history of religion and diet...totally absorbing and fascinating.' - The Telegraph '...admirably constructed, packed with eccentricities and affords a rattling good read.' - Scotland on Sunday

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781910690215
ISBN-10: 191069021X
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Grub Street Publishing
Publisher: Grub Street Publishing
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Colin Spencer

Colin Spencer is one of the country's leading food historians but his prolific output has not been limited to this field alone. He has written nine novels, a dozen cookery books, has had six plays produced, as well as writing for television and film and was food columnist for The Guardian for thirteen years. He has also written two other Grub Street titles: British Food (9781908117038) and From Microliths to Microwaves (9781908117007).

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