on 10 August 2010
An excellent read, especially for people who are ethical vegetarians. Tristram Stuart traces the concepts of vegetarianism from the Garden of Eden through to the middle of the 20th Century. Although a vegetarian for a number of years now, I had never realised just how controversial the subject of vegetarianism was as far back as the 15th Century and how the debate centred on whether the divine concession to allow man to kill and eat animals was in fact a symbol of man's debased condition. Also, at this time Europeans were starting to come in contact with the Hindus of India and so a fascinating blend of Christianity, Hinduism and emerging modern western philosophy enter into what becomes a religious, moral and health debate.
Although a little like a history text book in places, the book is well researched and is quite academic in nature.