Nac Mac Vegan: adventures in rabbit food


Nut Rissoles from the first ever vegan cookbook

Filed under: Historic — Tags: , , — Feòrag @ 17:04

I’ve just received notification that a book I put through Distributed Proofreaders has been posted to Project Gutenberg. The book is No Animal Food, by Rupert H. Wheldon. Published in London in 1910, it is recognised as being the first ever book on veganism. It consists of several chapters explaining why food derived from animals is unnecessary and undesirable, discussion of nutritional issues, and a collection of 100 recipes. The notification has reached me early (it’s not showing on the PG site, and even my PGDP Project Management page still thinks it’s in post-processing), but you should be able to download it from PG very soon. For now, here’s a simple recipe that should be easily made in the modern kitchen:

Nut Rissoles
3ozs. mixed grated nuts, 3 ozs breadcrumbs, 1 oz. nut butter, 1 chopped onion, 1 large cupful canned tomatoes.

Mix ingredients together; mould into rissoles, dust with flour and fry in ‘Nutter’. Serve with gravy.

Note: Nutter was a solid vegetable fat. Just use oil, or grill them. 1 oz is about 25g.

This is the 8th book relating to vegetarianism which I’ve guided through Distributed Proofreaders, and I’ve hardly touched on my ever-growing collection of old veggie cookbooks. I currently have Mrs. Bowdich’s New Vegetarian Dishes and Sydney H. Beard’s A Comprehensive Guide-Book to Natural, Hygienic and Humane Diet being proofread and formatted by volunteers on the site; E.G. Fulton’s The Vegetarian Cook Book is waiting in the queue and I have one more book which has been cleared and which I need to scan.

Update: I have recently made this recipe, and it’s a fantastic, basic nut burger. The tomatoes should be added gradually until the rissoles hold together – you won’t need as much as is specified. Recommmended.



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