Vegetarian Diet and Dishes

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Ferris & Leach, 1917 - Cookery - 416 pages
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This book was originally written in 1917 by the author, a strong advocate of a vegetarian lifestyle. If you are a vegetarian this is a very interesting book that reflects the thinking of someone from that time.
Most of the information about why someone might prefer a vegetarian diet is not new today, but you might find it interesting that he felt a need do argue against certain myths vegetarian diets.
Mostly what I enjoyed were the recipes, and this book contains everything from breads to puddings and more. They are fun to read. They lack the precision of today's recipe. Often the baking time or temperature is unlisted. You have to think of cooking this over a wood burning stove.
One recipe for an omlet sprinkled in sugar suggested pouring rum over the sugar and then passing a hot shovel over the omlet. I guess that works, but I wouldn't want to use my shovel.
In a recipe for bread the author said "serve hot and don't use a knife, break with your fingers. Cutting these with a knife makes them too heavy." I'm not sure what that means but it's fun to imagine what he means by "heavy."
Still I found a few recipes that looked very fast and easy, like "Indian bread." I gather from reading this book that any bread containing corn meal is labeled as "Indian."
If you are interested in fast, easy to do vegetarian recipes from the early 1900s this book might be for you.
 

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