February 9, 2007

Weekend Reading: The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to Modern Times

0393052206.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgSaw an interview in the New York Times Book Review a few weeks back with Tristram Stuart, author of The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to Modern Times.

Although the term "vegetarian" didn't come into use until the mid 1800's, Stuart traces the history of vegetarian thinking to the 1600's, looking at literary, social and cultural history. At a time when nutritionists and health experts are re-discovering the health benefits of a plant-based diet (see Michael Pollan's article in last week's NYTimes for a terrific discussion of the thinking behind this latest thinking), Stuart's detailed history goes beyond "Meat is Murder" to explore the evolution of scientific and ethical thinking behind the vegetarian movement.

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Posted by Jess Brooks at February 9, 2007 9:01 AM

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