‘Extraordinary…Stuart writes with flair and intelligence, and this debut shows that he is destined to be a luminous presence in his literary generation.’
A.C. Grayling, Independent on Sunday

‘Fascinatingly detailed, luxuriously appointed…elegantly conceived, well-written, combining proper scholarship with readability, it is a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas.’ Daily Telegraph

‘The brilliance of Stuart's book is to demonstrate that the study of attitudes towards food is the gateway to appreciating how people understood their place in society, their relationship to their environment  and the significance of being human….Stuart navigates many fascinating bywaters and eddies in the history of ideas and provides so many acute analyses that it’s impossible to do complete justice to the breadth and depth of his study in a single review. This is intellectual history at its most scintillating, as passionate and vibrant as any swashbuckling romp or perilous adventure.’

‘[A] massive and magnificently detailed history of radical vegetarianism…a wonderful book, crammed with original research and written with verve, wit and passion. The most enthralling work of cultural history I have read in years.’
Chandak Sengoopta, Independent

‘Clearly, a staggering amount of research and dedication has gone into this book and its author displays an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and didactic ability…this makes for fascinating and compelling reading.’
Sunday Times

‘[A] very fine achievement, covering an enormous amount of ground and written with verve and enthusiasm. [The Bloodless Revolution] draw[s] the different strands of the subject together in a way that has never been done before....I learned alot.’ Professor Sir Keith Thomas, author of Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes 1500-1800 (Penguin)

‘Magnificently detailed and wide-ranging’. Steven Shapin, New Yorker (Major 5-page, 4000-word essay review):

‘Stuart’s magisterial social history demonstrates how deeply seated the vegetarian impulse has been in Western culture since the 17th century. . . . Stuart offers a masterful social and cultural history of a movement that changed the ways people think about the food they eat.’ Publishers Weekly. Starred Review for books of ‘outstanding quality’.

‘a feast ... suggestive, wide-ranging ...exhibits immense learning...Stuart’s argument really does alter perceptions...Powerful stuff.’ New York Times Sunday Book Review

‘Both scholarly and entertaining, The Bloodless Revolution is a huge feast of ideas’ Washington Post

‘a beautifully written work of impressive scholarship…excellent...indispensable’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘An epic of non-carnivorous restraint....Culinary and cultural history intertwined: readable, and endlessly interesting.’ Kirkus

‘Despite his serious approach, Mr Stuart has a relaxed, semi-anecdotal style which repays both careful engagement and lighter dipping... Thankfully too, those other singularly vegetarian dangers – preachiness and a copious flow of hot air – could not be less in evidence.’
The Economist

‘Tristram Stuart’s remarkable scholarship will be enlightening for anyone interested in the history of the vegetarian movement.’ Peter Singer

Jonathan Bate’s Book of the Year in The Sunday Telegraph

Tom Jaine’s first choice for books of the year in The Guardian: ‘For a dizzy voyage through the marginal thickets of western speculative thought, there can be nothing better than Tristram Stuart’s The Bloodless Revolution…’

‘[An] excellent book...a remarkable achievement’. Professor Nigel Smith, Chair of the Renaissance Studies Committee, Princeton University

‘The Bloodless Revolution is far more than merely a study of the Western vegetarian movement’s history ... Stuart’s book is a veritable feast of information ... It reminds us, as humans, that we are truly a part of nature ... It is a remarkable and uplifting achievement.’ Resurgence

‘scholarly, wide-ranging and utterly absorbing ... Stuart is awesomely well-read’
Literary Review

‘[A] treasury of literary byways’ The Spectator

‘Tristram Stuart's intriguing first book....Stuart is excellent when he is tracing the influence of mavericks’. The Guardian

‘an accomplished exposition ...well-crafted and amusing...Surprising and delightful... this well-written book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to get to grips with the philosophical history of the vegetarian debate.’ Lizzie Collingham, author of Imperial Bodies: The Physical Experience of the Raj c.1800-1947 (Polity Press, 2001) and Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors (Vintage, 2006), in BBC History

‘Tristram Stuart's new book explores precisely this nexus of beliefs: how did vegetarianism come to be conflated with pacifism, alternative medicine, religious sectarianism and radical politics? He argues forcefully that almost all Enlightenment history relates in some way to vegetarianism.’ Financial Times Magazine

‘Stuart has opened that can of worms with skill and dexterity. His book is a tour de force.’ Chowkidar (The Journal of the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia)

‘Tristram Stuart has certainly done his homework...[he] provides some charming vignettes.’ Catholic Herald

‘a stimulating intellectual history with extensive bibliography and precise notes. There are also some intriguing illustrations.’ The Tablet

‘This is the most comprehensive book ever written on the history of vegetarianism. Although there have been innumerable books on the subject of vegetarianism, and many of them have referred to, or touched on, the historical perspective on vegetarianism this books is unique...Tristram Stuart ...has done an extraordinary job’. Syed Rizvi, Founder and President, Engineers and Scientists for Animal Rights:

‘Tristram Stuart’s fine cultural history ... offers a richly detailed and nuanced account’. James Gregory, author of Of Victorians and Vegetarians: The Vegetarian Movement in Nineteenth-Century Britain:

“Stuart’s magisterial tome…is also richly illustrated,…and the research impressive. …The Bloodless Revolution contains a huge amount of fascinating information. The author has a deft touch and the book contains many amusing anecdotes.” Review in the Journal Itinierario, March 2007

‘I was quickly captivated by Stuart's enjoyable style, his astounding erudition, the sheer interest of his subject matter, and the exquisite illustrations...He excels at showing the cultural, economic, moral, and religious influences from Francis Bacon through the nineteenth century romantic period ... All in all, highly recommended for those interested in the history and culture of vegetarianism’ Kerry Walters, editor of Ethical Vegetarianism, from Pythagoras to Peter Singer:

‘fascinating ... scholarly...Engaging, surprising ...and relevant, The Bloodless Revolution is destined to become a classic cultural work’. Powells.com, Staff Pick:

‘great panache...No matter what you eat for dinner and why, The Bloodless Revolution dishes up a fascinating cultural history, on a par with Simon Schama's Citizens.’ Metroactive

‘The Bloodless Revolution is an utterly absorbing history of vegetarianism. A must read for meat-eaters and vegetarians.’ Cultivasian.com

‘individual culinary lifestyles are but a tip of the iceberg in Tristram Stuart’s dense but readable first book...Stuart has left no stone unturned in his fascinating look at the topic and the often colorful acolytes who championed the benefits of going meatless....Fascinating characters like Cheyne are what make Stuart’s detailed book compelling and page-turning. ... This is a solid history ‘. Estacada News

‘Tristram Stuart has published a valuable tool for those looking for the historical roots of much of the philosophical and religious reasons for vegetarianism. ...there is no possible way a simple book review could do justice the immense wealth of information Stuart has compiled.’

‘intelligent, readable...fascinating stuff...Many people no doubt regard vegetarianism as inherently frivolous and hence an unsuitable topic for serious intellectual history. But if The Bloodless Revolution does anything, it is to prove such skeptics wrong.’ The Nation:

‘voraciously researched, densely detailed, beautifully written...A huge, wonderfully entertaining cast of dietary rebels parades through his chapters’. Slate

‘Marvelously researched, deeply revealing, minutely considered history of vegetarianism... students will be forever grateful for his immense bibliography’. Booklist

‘Scholarly and at times colorful, The Bloodless Revolution...gets at what it means to be human, part of something larger than oneself’. Village Voice

‘An astonishing examination of mankind’s changing perception of its place in the natural world and of what it means to be human’. Boston Globe

‘Far from being merely a lengthy panegyric to vegeterianism - as I with carnivourous prejudice thought it must be on first sight - the book is a rich and complex history of a movement whose influence has been felt far beyond the table’. Sunday Boston Globe

‘a fascinating, ambitious work of intellectual history ... Don't let Stuart’s prodigious learning scare you’. San-Diego Union Tribune
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