A Vindication of Natural Diet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1813. Metaphysical poet and egalitarian activist (son-in-law of feminist founder Mary Wollstonecraft) argues that moral depravity and physical disease are inevitable consequences of man's barbaric treatment and eating of domestic animals. ("He slays the lamb that looks him in the face/ And horribly devours his mangled flesh" - from Queen Mab, Canto VIII).Cosmic Memory by Rudolf Steiner, 1904. Collection of essays, including thoughts on the energetics of manifestation of consciousness into mineral and plant realms and into animal and human forms. Steiner's concepts provide a visionary basis for today's movement toward animal empathy and an end to violence against animals.
The Ethics of Diet: A Catena of Authorities Deprecatory of the Practice of Flesh-Eating/Howard Williams (University of Illinois Press), 2003. Reprint of the 1883 classic study on the ethics of exploitation of animals, from the 8th century BCE to the 19th century CE. Includes early vegetarian religious communities ("no streams of blood are among them"--St. John Chrysostom).
Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust/Charles
Patterson (Lantern Books), 2002. A study of the enslavement and slaughter
of nonhuman animals, parallels with Nazism, and profiles of animal advocates;
title from a story by Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Animal Equality: Language and Liberation/Joan Dunayer (Ryce Publishing), 2001. Ways in which words and expressions found throughout the English language contribute to maintaining a mentality of contempt and justification of violence towards animals [Also, Speciesism by the same author, Ryce Publishing, 2004].
Ethical Vegetarianism: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer/Kerry S. Walters and Lisa Portmess (State University of New York Press), 1999. Fascinating collection of historical and modern writings addressing "human nature, human violence, and the human relationship to other animals."
The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery/Marjorie Spiegel (Mirror Books), 1996. A powerful examination of violence in the enslavement of black people in America and present-day exploitation of nonhuman animals.
Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat/Howard F. Lyman with Glen Mertzer (Scribner), 1998. Practices in the U.S. beef-dairy industry, "Mad Cow" and other diseases, and the American export of industrial animal production to the world. Also, Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry/Gail A. Eisnitz (Prometheus Books), 1997.
Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry/Karen Davis, Ph.D. (Book Publishing Co.), 2009.. Cruelty and disease in a multibillion dollar industry marketing the flesh and reproductive products of birds. [Also, The Holocaust & the Henmaid's Tale by the same author, Lantern Books, 2005].
Incredibly Delicious: The Vegan Paradigm Cookbook (Gentle World Publishing),
2000. Includes sprouting, veganic gardening, and much information on the
vegan lifestyle along with a wide selection of cooked and uncooked recipes.
The Vegan Sourcebook/Joanne Stepaniak (Lowell House), 1998. Issues in animal ethics plus information on plant-based nutrition and recipes.
Conveniently Vegan/Debra Wasserman (Vegetarian Resource Group), 1999. Guide to what to buy for the plant-based diet, menus and 150 quick and easy recipes. [From the same publisher : Vegan Meals for One or Two, Vegan Menu for People with Diabetes, and other works].
The Peaceful Palate: Fine Vegetarian Cuisine/Jennifer Raymond
(Heart & Soul Publications), rev. ed., 1996. Nutrition, kitchen tools, what to stock in your pantry and vegan recipes.
Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World/Robin Robertson (The Harvard Common Press), 2003.
Boston Vegetarian Society
Evelyn B. Kimber
P. O. Box 38-1071
Cambridge, MA 02238
158 Massey Road
Springfield, Vermont 05156