A Cook’s Tour

by Anthony Bourdain

This is my first Bourdain book and I enjoyed it tremedously.  (I gave him lots of bonus points for professing his love for durian, but had them all deducted for his rabbit killing spree and vegetarian bashing…) 

Like an excellent dish, the book is craftily prepared: colorful, flavorful, authentic, with complex layers of tastes, slightly exotic, teasing you to indulge in forkful after forkful. I wonder if Bourdain has a ghost writer.  Otherwise, his talent with pen certainly matches the one with pan!

Bourdain is not shy about exposing his intimate thoughts and feelings, which makes this travelogue and food guide that much more entertaining.  Very often, he would start talking about a dish, a cuisine, and then it will delve deeper.  Like when he visited France, in the end he realized that he didn’t go there to look for the perfect meal.  He didn’t go there to look for his childhood home. He went to look for his father, who was no longer there, or anywhere.   Similarly, his visit to Cambodia unleashed some very strong comments about US foreign policy.

Something I find weird about the book though – it looks like the editor hit a shuffle play button on his computer.  The chapters hop around, from Portugal to Vietnam to Spain to Japan then to Vietnam and Japan again… Not that it matters much as each chapter pretty much stands along, just kind of weird.

Published in: on February 5, 2007 at 10:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Books I’ve Read in 2007

(in red: I recommend it!)

Jan 2007
1. Namma – Kate Karko
2. The Lives of Christopher Chant – Diana Wynne Jones
3. The Magicians of Caprona – Diana Wynne Jones
4. Witch Week – Diana Wynne Jones
5. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
6. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
7. I was a child of Holocaust survivors
8. Christ the Lord – Anne Rice
9. The Fifth Mountain – Paulo Coelho
10. Blessed are the Cheese Makers – Sarah Kate Lynch
11. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
12. Fahrenheit 451
13. The Olive Season
14. The Children’s Hour
15. Running with Scissors
16. Best Friends
17. White Ghost Girl
18. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
19. Quidditch Through the Ages
20. Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat

February
1. A Cook’s Tour – Anthony Bourdain
2. Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
3. Time’s Magpie – A Walk in Prague
4. Island Songs
5. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette
6. Charlie’s Secret Chocolate Book
7. Promegranate Soup
8. The Money in You!
9. Inkheart
10. Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
11. Tall, Dark and Dead
12. The Gospel of Judas
13. Visits from the Drowned Girl
14. The Uses of Enchantment
15. The Audicity of Hope – Barack Obama
16. Smitten
17. Shiloh

March 2007
1. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
2. The Village Bride on Beverly Hills
3. Daugther of China – Meihong Xu and Larry Engelmann
4. Complications – Atul Gawande
5. For the Love of Animals – Anna Briggs
6. Maliche – Laura Esquivel
7. Holes – Louis Sachar
8. Enchantment – Orson Scott Card
9. Monster Career – Jeff Taylor
10. Homeless Bird – Gloria Whelan
11. South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Morakami
12. MuggleNet’s What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7?
13. Esperanza Rising
14. The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Event Book 2) – Lemony Snicket
15. The Tale of Murasaki – Liza Dalby
16. Passing Under Heaven – Justin Hall
17. Angry Housewives Eating Bon-bon
18. Little Angels: Life of a Novice Monk in Thailand
19. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
20. The Gift of Sea
21. Dear Future

April 2007
1. The Nasty Bits – Anthony Bourdain
2. A Flower That is Free
3. Replay
4. The Song of Silver Frond – Catherine Lim
5. Confession of an Ugly Stepsister
6. Dreams of My Father – Barack Obama
7. The Silver Wolf – Alice Borchardt
8. The Elements of Resume Style – Scott Bennett
9. The resume.com Guide to Writing Unbeatable Resumes
10.  Something Blue – Jean Christopher Spaugh
11.  Adaline Falling Star – Mary Pope Osborne
12. The Sixpenny Debt and other Oxford Stories
13. Five Quarters of the Orange – Joanne Harris
14. Driving Mr. Albert – Michael Paterniti
15. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

May 2007
1. They Pour Fire on Us From the Sky – Alphonsion Deng, Benson Deng, Benjaminn Ajak, and Judy A. Bernstein
2. The Devil and Ms. Pyrm – Paulo Coehlo
3. Ash – Holly Thompson
4.
Shiloh Season – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
5. Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster
6. The Known World – Edward P James
7. Cunt
8. The Biography of Cod
9. Loving Sabotage – Amelie  Nothomb
10. The Women Who Loves Books Too Much
11. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Depak Chopra
12. Why David Hate Tuesdays
13. Learning to Bow – Bruce S. Feiler
14. The True Power of Water
15. Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
16. Friends, Lovers and Chocolate – Alexander McCall Smith
16. The Namesake

June 2007
1. The Jacaranda Tree – H. E. Bates
2. Sixty Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong – Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Julie Barlow
3. C’est La Vie – Suzy Gershman
4. Opening the Invitation – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

July 2007
1.
The China Garden – Liz Berry
2. A Son of the Circus – John Irving
3. The Obsessive Traveller – David Dale
4. Undead and Unappreciated – Mary Janice Davidson
5. My Year of Meats – Ruth L. Ozeki
6. I captured the Castle – Dodie Smith
7. Sold
8. Spiritual Literacy – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
9. French Women Don’t Get Fat – Mireille Guiliano
10. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller
11. Liquid Jade – Beatrice Hohenegger
12. Five Quarts
13. The Book – Alan Watts
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowlings
15. Dinner with a Stranger

 August 2007
1. The Rice Mother – Rani Manicka
2. Till We Have Faces – C. S. Lewis
3. The Cheating Culture – David Callahan
4. The Museum at Purgatory – Nick Bantock
5. Cold Mountain – Charles Fraizer
6. The Genius Factory – David Plotz
7. Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
8. Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho
9. The Coffee Trader – David Lizz
10. Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks
11. Marvel 1602 – Neil Gaiman
12. Marley and Me – John Grogan
13. The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl) – Eoin Colfer
14. When My Name was Keoko – Linda Sue Park
15. Sing Down the Moon – Scott O’Dell
16. Sacred Choices – Christel Nani

September 2007
1. Think – Michael R. LeGault
2. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
3. Hunting the Last Wild Man – Angela Vallvey
4. The Murray’s Cheese Handbook – Rob Kaufelt
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
6. Haunted – Chuck Palahniuk
7. The Heart is A Lonely Hunter
8. A Hive for the Honey Bee – Soinhbe Lally

October 2007
1. The Fourth Hand – John Irving
2. The River in the Center of the World – Simon Winchester
3. Transmission – Hari Kunzru
4. Crossing Antarctica – Will Steger
5. Honeymoon with My Brother  – Franz Wisner
6. Among Warriors – Pamela Logan
7. Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever – James Patterson
8. Out – Natsuo Kirino
9. A Bite to Remember – Lindsy Sands
10. The Moomins and the great flood – Tove Jansson
11. Do It Tomorrow – Mark Foster 

November 2007
1. The Year of Pleasures – Elizabeth Berg
2. Travelers’ Tales: Hong Kong – James O’Reiley, Larry Habegger, Sean O’Reiley
3.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare
4. From Bhagdad with Love – Jay Kopelman
5. Blindsided – Richard M. Cohen
6. Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls – Jane Lindskold
7. Heat – Bill Buford
8. Brothers – Da Chen
9. Sarajevo Marlboro – Miljenko Jergovic
10. Ana’s Story – Jenna Bush
11. Persepolis 2
12. Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students – Anders Hendriksson
13. Becoming Chloe

December 2007
1. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
2. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
3. The Last Secrets of the Silk Road – Alexandra Tolstoy
4. Breaking the Tongue – Vyvian Lee

My Top Ten of 2007 (in no strict order):
Marley and Me
Cloud Atlas
Complications
My Years of Meats
Liquid Jade
When My Name was Keoko
Five Quarters of an Orange
Brothers
The Phantom Tollbooth
Year of Wonders

Some Useless Statistics:
Total Books Read in 2007: 160
Bookcrossing Books: 109     Non-BC Books: 51
Fiction: 94     Non Fiction: 66

 
Published in: on February 5, 2007 at 6:29 pm  Comments (2)  

White Ghost Girls

by Alice Greenway

I was originally interested in the title because it tells of two young girls in Hong Kong.

The author herself grew up in Hong Kong, and this beautiful fiction likely has some autobiographic elements in it.  The story is told through the eyes of Kate, an innocent American girl, younger sister to the more rebellious Frankie.  While their father photographs the Vietnam war for Time magazine, the girls live with their mother in Hong Kong, a safer haven to shield them from the horrors of war.  However, there is no escape from the turbulent political situation, which posts a omnimous fascination for the girls. 

While the war is in the backdrop, this certainly is no epic tale.  It is a touching, intimate story about two sisters close to each other in an unfamiliar world and fearful time, and growing apart as they enter adolescent and test their individuality.

Published in: on February 5, 2007 at 6:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitchell Albom

This is a gem of a book.  I can’t say I wish I have met a teacher like Morrie, because I may have but just didn’t get to talk to him long enough to garner such wisdom.  I suspect that most people, especially older people, have pearls of wisdom to share, if only given a chance.  So let me say that I am glad Albom decided to share his teacher’s wisdom with us.  Such that those of us who are too “busy”, or would rather go to movies and parties with our friends rather than spending an afternoon with a teacher, can profit from the sage.

Here are a few of my favorite lines:

“Don’t let go too soon but don’t hang on too long.” (now, I pray the wisdom to know when is the timing…)

“After I’m dead, you talk, I listen.”

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 6:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Blessed are the Cheesemakers

by Sarah-Kate Lynch

From Publishers Weekly:
In the spirit of Chocolat, Lynch’s debut novel is a tender love story told through the medium of food, in this case cheese. In
County Cork, Ireland, Joseph Corrigan and Joseph Feehan, better known as Corrie and Fee, are the aging manufacturers of world-renowned Coolarney Blue. Their chief worry is a conspicuous lack of successors, and the narrative chronicles the solution to their quest in the unlikely but fated convergence of two characters. Abbey Corrigan, granddaughter of worrywart Corrie, who hasn’t seen her in 24 years, sits abandoned on the Pacific Island Ate’ate while her irrigation-obsessed and hypercritical husband gets biblical with the natives. Meanwhile, in
Manhattan, Kit Stephens is a burned-out stockbroker and despondent alcoholic, heartbroken by the recent departure of his wife and now fired from his job. In a series of fantastic coincidences, the two end up at the Coolarney factory, a meeting that will forever change their lives and the future of cheese.

I read the first page, and began to lament the lack of cheese in my refrigerator. I would so love to pour a glass of wine and slice some cheese to accompany my reading. I love cheese, ice cream and chocolate too much to become a vegan. “But thought of those poor cows!” said my vegan friend. I like veggie burger, soy milk and plenty other things, but I truly believe that among China’s five thousand years of history, someone must had experimented and put a cross next to the items like “ice cream”, “yogurt” and “cheese”, with a notation: must make with real milk. I reserve the right that I may change my mind several years down the road, but for now, I continue to allow my decadent body enjoy the sensation of some good cheese.

It doesn’t take long into the book to figure out what the ending must be. The colorful characters do a lovely job to keep the book interesting though. I do agree with one Amazon review that everybody in the book – from Southern Pacific Islander to NY hotshot broker to an Irish girl all sounds alike. But overlooking that, the author does a good job crafting each person and it is a very good debute for the author. And this should make one interesting movie too.

Now, if I could have finished this book with a nice wedge of cheese…

Published in: on January 15, 2007 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Many-Splendoured Thing

by Han Suyin

This is a book sent to me via Bookcrossing. (It’s a great site, a great site, a great site!!) I found it in our mailbox on our way out, so I read bits and pieces of it while my husband drove. The story was written in 1951, but we enjoyed the description of events and landmarks in Hong Kong (where I grew up) and Macau (where he grew up), some of which still stand after half a century, while some long gone. A few we didn’t know about until he verified with someone our senior. We chuckled at the writer’s complain about

Hong Kong‘s crowdedness (at 2 million people – 1/3 of what it is today), and marveled that the city had already made a reputation as shopping mecca half a century ago.Suyin, an Eurasian doctor, widowed with a girl, arrived in


Hong Kong and lived with a group of missionaries who were kicked out of
China during the political turmoil. At a social gathering, she met Mark Elliot, a British reporter. The two fell madly in love, despite the ostracism and bleak future.
Part of my enjoyment in reading this book was to learn more about my birthplace in an era before my time: a colony taxed with a sudden influx of Chinese refugees as civil wars broke out, with the communists advancing closer “just over the hills.” A place where the wealthy

Shanghai immigrants and shrewd British merchants transformed the little fishing port into a world renowned city, where “no one knows where Heaven with its stars ends and the earth with its lights begins.” It’s one thing to know what happened in history but quite another to learn what the thoughts and reactions of the real people in that era are.The author did a beautiful job describing the world around her, from the little details of a dinner on a boat, to the turbulent political climate of the world. Observant, poetic, soulful.

Nonetheless, it’s an interesting read. And I just want to copy down some favorite passages:


Hong Kong, look, no one knows where Heaven with its stars ends, and the earth with its lights begins.””[The squatters’ wooden shacks] Untidily stacked above each other, clinging to the crumbling hill slope, huddling beneath large threatening boulders, in danger of being washed away by the rains, in danger of being pulled down for health’s sake, in danger of fire every time a meal is cooked, many thousands of huts house many tens of thousands of people. The government of the colony cannot do more, for new thousands cross the border every week.”

“We did not look at each other, draw near, or touch. Only to be like this. Not to want anything. To sit, a little tired, a little muddled with weariness. Happy to know that in the world he was alive, and I was alive, on the same spot on ths earth, at the same moment, aware of each other… We sat, frigthened and grateful. Frightened because so easily we might have missed each other; grateful and asking no more than what we had already, because even what we had was too big for us to encompass.”

“I stopped to stare at the frontage of St. Paul’s Church, divested of any inside or any walls behind it, an abandoned stage prop, high on a hill, framing the evening sky in its doors and windows.”

“If he cannot [marry me], he will feel unfree, and I shall possess his imagination more than ever. If he can, I shall have to give him back to his world, otherwise he may leave me. Not bodily, but part of his mind. One woman is very much like another, after a while.”

“If you were Chinese, I could be your concubine. But we’d have to stay in Hongkong, because concubines are allowed only in your British colonies, Hongkong, Singapore, not in China now.”

“…the new, foolish amah, an irregular comet, darted at intervals from the outer spaces of the kitchen into the planetary system of our supper table to refill our rice bowls…”

“For your absence is even more potent than your presence to evoke you to me.”

Published in: on January 6, 2007 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Hours

by Michael Cunningham

This is one of the best novels I have read recently. Elegantly and expertly crafted, it is like a delicious slice of cake, set on fine china, to be enjoyed slowly and with respect, so that your eyes can feast on its display, your nose can take in the amora, your tongue allowed a small lick, a tentative courtship before a full embrace. The monthful slowly melts, then linger on, sending the sweet sensation throughout your body. Until you finish it with a satisfied, euphoric sigh.

Okay, I was a little carried away with that piece of chocolate cake…

The Hours is about three women: Clarissa, who one New York morning goes about planning a party in honor of a beloved friend; Laura Brown, a 1950s housewife who feels unhappy with her perfect family and home; and Virginia Wolfe, recuperating with her husband in a London suburb and planning her next book Mrs. Dalloway. Just as the booksake Mrs. Dalloway, the three stories, though interwoven, are about one day, a snapshot, of each life. These three parallel tales, different yet similar, are finally brought together at the end, to deeply touch your heart.

Published in: on October 11, 2006 at 2:50 pm  Comments (2)  

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This interesting book came to me through bookcrossing, a wonderful site for booklovers. The book is a collection of random thoughts, organized alphabetically in an encyclopedia format, each entry seldom over a page long. Every reader is bound to find a paragraph here and there that resonates with him/her. As a matter of fact, I am aspired to begin my own version of encyclopedia. How about A-Z guide to Azuki?

Some of my favorite entries:

BUSY

How you been?
Busy

How’s work?
Busy.

How was your week?
Good, Busy.

You name the question, “Busy” is the answer. Yes, yes, I know we are all terribly budy doing terribly important things. But I think more often than not, “Busy” is simply the most acceptable knee-jerk response.

As kids, our stock answer to most every question was nothing. What did you do at school today? Nothing. What’s new? Nothing. Then, somewhere on the way to adulthood, we each took a 180-degree turn. We cashed in our nothing for busy.

JACKET BIO
There is a direct correlation between how much a book moves me and how often I flip to the author’s photo. Midsentence I will feel a pull to return to that photo/bio on the back flap. Take me at once to the man who wrote such a splendid thought! …

Published in: on September 17, 2006 at 6:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

(The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook) Living Among Meat Eaters

by Carol J. Adams

I’m a vegetarian wannabe, and my husband is a vegetarian wanna-wanna-oughta-shoulda-be, whose craving for meat always wins out. We will then end up at a restaurant where the only vegetarian items are my glass of water and the desserts.I heard of this book through some vegetarian online forums, and figure I will need it.

While this book has ammunition of comebacks to comments from meat eaters, the author states very clearly that smart retorts will only serve to alienate people further from vegetarians. She offers wise answers to defuse the tense situations. By categorizing different types of meat eater defense, she helps us target the correct response. There is also practical advice on handling situations when you have to eat out with a group of meat eaters.
Adams’s solution for treating meat eaters is to see them as blocked vegetarians. I don’t know if she was the one who coined the term, but it does help swift our view and consequently our reaction. I do like her attitude a lot better than some vegetarians who plainly display an air of hostility and superiority to meat eaters.

Published in: on July 18, 2006 at 5:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

The 3-Day Energy Fast

By Pamela SerureThis book is about a lot more than a fasting diet. There is a large section on preparation, to prepare your mind and body for the fast, (in fact, the actual fast is only the last third of the book) and a detailed section on post-fast. Besides several recipes of juices and broth, there are also a variety of yoga postures, meditation or guided imagery scripts, spiritual rituals such as journaling and making an altar, breathing exercises, as well as practices such as body scrubbing, leisure bathing, walking and affirmation. Even if you do not go on a fast, you are unlike to walk away from this book empty handed.

I did not follow the suggested menu. There is breakfast drink, mid morning drink, lunch drink… It may be good for someone very uncomfortable with the idea of doing with food; otherwise, as a reader commented on amazon.com, she felt like the whole day was spent juicing, washing the juicer, and juicing again. I opt for the juice only in the morning.

The author goes to great length to be encouraging and comforting. You will feel good, you will feel energized when you wake up… She does not, however, mention much about what to do if you are not feeling great. Admittedly, I did not follow her diet. If I did, maybe I would have really felt great. I did remember that when I had my first fast, I threw up a lot on the second and third day. On the third day of my second fast, I sure did not feel peachy in the morning. If I were basing my diet on this book, I would have found no comfort in her upbeat encouragement. Or if I were gnawing my fingers with my craving for chips or ice cream, I probably could not sit still for some journaling and meditation on my relationship with food.

Published in: on July 11, 2006 at 4:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

This novel starts with the murder of the protagonist, a young girl in her early teens. She entered heaven, where she watched her family, her friends, and even her murderer as they continued life on earth, triggering memories of her life once in a while.

The story is about letting go, moving on. Somehow I find it resonances strongly with the Buddhism teaching of non-attachment. When the girl Suzie got to “come back in life” for a short day, I expected her to rush to see her father, and to tell everybody who killed her, where her body was and where her murderer now roamed. To my slight disappointment, she made her first love to the boy she loved, and not much more. Contrary also to my expectation, the murderer was never caught and Suzie’s family never got to see him punished.

This is, however, what makes this novel outstanding. This is what makes it feel so real: while heaven and ghost and coming back to life is far from “real”, the emotions are so honest, the snippets of memories so believable, all the characters appeared three dimensional. For a 14-year-old, her true wish was to be with the boy she loved, to experience what she dreamed of but never tasted; which 14-year-old would be thinking about her parents, much less chasing down an ugly old psycho. For most families, they simply had to learn to move on after a painful loss, without any phone call from the other side, any proof of celestral existence. Instead of holding the grudge and being bent on revenge, it is better to open your heart to love and move on, live on.

Published in: on June 27, 2006 at 6:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ender’s Shadow

by Orson Scott Card

Okay, I finished reading it. Like, three times.

I read Ender’s Game, book one of the series, a long time ago and have re-read it several times since. It is one great book that made it to my personal top ten list. Probably the only book where I put it down to give the author a standing ovation. It was that brilliant. The sequel, Speaker for the Dead, moves the timeline forward for 3,000 years, when the genius boy is now middle aged. I just couldn’t connect it to the Ender I love, so the book (as well as book 3 and 4 of the quartet) collected a decade’s worth of dust on my shelf. But I chanced upon Shadow of the Hegemon and enjoyed a happy reunion with the battle school kids.

So, I went back to pick up Ender’s Shadow, the “parallel” novel of Ender’s Game. It’s great to read such a clever book. A well crafted book on intelligent characters. Card developed Bean wonderfully, the characters are so alive (the decade between the two books certainly aged Card nicely as a writer) and I loved the book down to the last sentence. And it’s fun to lay the two books side by side to compare the scenes. As a parallel novel, you pretty much know what is happening. Even the big surprise of “you’re not playing a game” is not there. For the book to remain as entertaining, Card did a wonderful job indeed.

So, another book in Enderverse made it to top ten.

 

Published in: on February 21, 2006 at 4:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Adam’s Curse

by Bryan Skyes
I must stay this book has quite some interesting facts. For example, the use of Y-Chromosome to trace family history (getting a glimpse of family prosperity and fidelity meanwhile); the spread of Genghis Khan’s descedants from Asian Pacific coast to eastern Europe and estimated at 16 million today; the swimming speed of sperms from different m-DNA clusters; the apparent preference of one sex in some families. Is everything a battle between the Y chromosome (in men) and mitochondrial DNA (in women) or plain probability at work? The book also brushes on the hereditary nature of homosexuality, how different species determine sex (or just don’t bother with sexing themselves.); and how some deadly genetic diseases continue to get passed on.

The book is like a journey with many twist and turns, you follow the author as he goes around visiting libraries, labs and shcools in villages and cities in his research. For someone not particularly educated in genetic biology, each turn of corner offers me interesting tib-bits to share with my husband. The author sees reproduction as a a genetic battle and even speculates that male humans are doomed to demise in about 125,000 years. (I prefer not. It won’t be fun to not have men around to put blames on!)

Published in: on February 2, 2006 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

It has been a long while since I read his other books but this one is as genius as I remember the other ones to be. The part in the president office is hilarious. I was struck by the sad tone as Willy Wonka walked away from the quabbles of Charlie’s family when they fight over the Wonka-vite. It felt a little out of place, but gave the story a deeper level. Don’t go too fast reading this or you will miss out some of the jokes!

Published in: on January 28, 2006 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Religious Vegetarianism

by Walters and Portmess

What interested me in the book is the section on Pythagorean vegetarianism. I know Pythagoras from my math class in school, but it’s news to me that he’s vegetarian, and that part of his philosophy is so close to Buddhism.

“For I have already been once a boy and a gril, a bush and a bird and a leaping journeying fish.”

“We should permit bodies which may possibly have sheltered the souls of our parents or brothers, or those joined to us by some other bond, or of men at least, to be uninjured and respected, and not load our stomaches as with a Thyestean banquet!”

Published in: on November 15, 2005 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment