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    Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages (Hardback) By (author) Katzen Mollie, By (author) William A Alcott, Introduction by Anna Thomas

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    DescriptionFirst published in Boston in 1838, this volume in the American Antiquarian Cookbook Collection is a facsimile edition of one of the first American books to advocate a vegetarian diet (vegan, actually), by a founding member of the first vegetarian organization, the American Vegetarian Society. The dedicated lifestyle philosophy advocated in Alcott's "Vegetable Diet" might have been written by a contemporary vegetarian food critic. Alcott's complete disdain for meat and all animal products consumed as food would, in fact, be called a vegan diet. His book focuses on the superiority of a vegetable diet for supporting health and recovering from disease, and it contains dozens of letters testifying to that belief by various medical experts and many citizens who report in great detail the benefits of the vegetable diet for their health and lifestyle. In addition, the book includes a complete defense of the vegetable diet on anatomical, physiological, medical, political, economic, and moral grounds, with the final argument devoted to the immorality of men "plunging their hands in blood," as antithetical to the tenets of true Christianity. The book also contains chapters on the nature and preparation, through narrative recipes, of "farinaceous or mealy substances," fruits, roots, buds, shoots, leaves, and stalks, as well as "receipts" for most of the common garden vegetables of the day. More a defense of the vegan lifestyle than a cookbook, Alcott's passionate assertions that disease could be cured and health enhanced by the program was debated, debunked, and successfully disseminated widely throughout the northeastern region of the new country. This facsimile edition of William Alcott's "Vegetable Diet "was reproduced by permission from the volume in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, a Revolutionary War patriot and successful printer and publisher, the Society is a research library documenting the life of Americans from the colonial era through 1876. The Society collects, preserves, and makes available as complete a record as possible of the printed materials from the early American experience. The cookbook collection includes approximately 1,100 volumes. ?


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    Title
    Vegetable Diet
    Subtitle
    As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Katzen Mollie, By (author) William A Alcott, Introduction by Anna Thomas
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781449423148
    ISBN 10: 1449423140
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: FOO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T16.0
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WBJ
    B&T General Subject: 240
    Ingram Subject Code: CW
    Libri: I-CW
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WBT
    DC21: 613.262
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: CKB086000
    B&T Approval Code: A97403040
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14510
    B&T Approval Code: A97406044
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: CKB085000
    DC22: 613.2/62, 613.262
    LC classification: TX392 .A65 2012
    Thema V1.0: WBJ, WBJK, WBVG
    Edition
    Facsimile
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Imprint name
    Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Publication date
    16 October 2012
    Author Information
    William A. Alcott (1798-1859), physician, relative of "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott, and founding member of the American Vegetarian Society, was also an educator, reformer, physician, and author of 108 books. He became one of the most prolific authors in early American history, and he wrote frequently on health and educational reform, as well as physical education, school and house design, family life, and diet. Many of his works are still widely cited today.