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What did Adolf Hitler, George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Frankfurt, Byron, women’s rights leader Anna Kingsford, and Mahatma Gandhi have in common? They were all vegetarians. This is a digital edition of the classic exploration of vegetarianism which isMoreWhat did Adolf Hitler, George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Frankfurt, Byron, women’s rights leader Anna Kingsford, and Mahatma Gandhi have in common? They were all vegetarians. This is a digital edition of the classic exploration of vegetarianism which is just as controversial today as it was when it was first published in 1975. Neither for or against vegetarianism, it is a social history of a way of eating as well as an exploration of the famous and infamous who practiced a meatless diet for nutritional and ethical reasons. Just some of the groups covered in THE VEGETABLE PASSION: A HISTORY OF THE VEGETARIAN STATE OF MIND include the Pythagoreans in Greece, the Jains in india, da Vinci and the dietetic renaissance in Italy, the Doukhhobors in Russia and Canda, Richard Wagner, the communes in the U.S. and so much more. In addition to a reprint of the original hardcover edition published by Scribners, this 2014 edition includes a new introduction about recent trends in vegetarianism and veganism as well as an updated bibliography and a resource section.A sample of reviews/praise for the original THE VEGETABLE PASSION:—“an engaging, amply illustrated, chatty survey of Famous Names who have been vegetarian.” —THE TIMES (London)— “The first comprehensive history of people and groups who have raised philosophical objects to a diet that includes any slaughtered creatures.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL— “An engaging, idiosyncratic and downright scholarly book…” —KIRKUS REVIEWSAbout the Author: Janet Barkas researched this book over several years, including trips to Germany and India and teaching a course, “A History of Vegetarianism,” at The New School in New York City. A graduate of Hofstra University, Janet Barkas is the maiden name of Jan Yager (drjanyager.com).