The Duke's Table

The Complete Book of Vegetarian Italian Cooking

by Enrico Alliata

The Duke's Table

Hardcover, 400 pages, Melville House, List Price: $40 | purchase

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First published in 1930 and created by a utopian gourmand and winemaker who, for years, worked to systematically remove meat from classic Italian dishes, this massive collection features more than 1,000 vegetarian recipes from Italy and the Mediterranean.

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Having recently purchased Mark Bittman's VB6, a book of diet advice and recipes whose philosophy is essentially to go vegan before 6 p.m. (you'll lose weight and be healthy), I feel as though The Duke's Table, by Enrico Alliata, the Duke of Salaparuta, could be called VB21. This cookbook, which was originally published in 1930, advised readers to eat not vegan but vegetarian (another V), long before the sophisticated foodie's paradise that is the 21st

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