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– Description:
– Smith cited research from anatomy, chemistry, history, and physiology supporting a vegetarian diet.
– The Bible was used as evidence of man’s original vegetarian diet in the Garden of Eden.
– Ancient peoples in the Bible and early nations were noted for their fruit and farinaceous diet.
– Anatomical evidence was presented to argue against carnivorous or omnivorous diets for humans.
– Smith believed a vegetarian diet was sufficient for physical activity, strength, and overall health.

– Reception:
– Early reviews of the book were favorable.
– Some medical journals criticized the outdated sources and arguments used in the book.
– The book was praised for its arguments against excessive meat consumption but recommended a mixed diet.
– Reviews pointed out inconsistencies in Smith’s promotion of a strict vegetarian diet.
– The book received mixed reviews on the effectiveness of advocating for the exclusion of all meat from the diet.

– Other works:
– In 1860, Smith authored “Principles and Practice of Vegetarian Cookery,” an ovo-lacto vegetarian cookbook.

– References:
– Various editions of “Fruits and Farinacea: The Proper Food of Man” were published from 1845 to 1874.
– Historian James Gregory described the book as significant for the vegetarian movement in the 19th century.
– Reviews from medical journals and publications critiqued the scientific accuracy and arguments presented in the book.

– Notable figures:
– The text mentions various figures related to vegetarianism, such as William Lambe, Russell Trall, and Ellen G. White.
– Authors like Carol J. Adams and Howard Williams contributed to the discourse on vegetarianism.
– Chefs and cookbook authors like Nava Atlas and Mayim Bialik have advocated for vegetarian diets.

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