It’s a cookbook unlike any other -- part memoir, part recipe book, LEO TOLSTOY: A VEGETARIAN’S TALE. Exploring the mid-life conversion to vegetarianism of one of the world’s most famous authors invites readers to step back in time and dine on the family recipes of Tolstoy, the author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina as well as one of the world’s most preeminent vegetarians, is now available in e-book and in print, just in time for holiday gift-giving.
More than 100 years after his death, Leo Tolstoy’s novels continue to captivate readers with their fresh and modern attitude towards personal and national morals and ethics. Tolstoy’s personal life was a constant pursuit of respect and kindness towards both humans and animals. To that end, he eventually adopted a vegetarian lifestyle, feeling that it was wrong to ask animals to sacrifice their lives for the sake of his dinner. However, he still insisted that his household find ways to prepare delicious and satisfying meals without using meat.
Tolstoy’s wife Sophia Andreevna collaborated with her kitchen staff to create recipes that would satisfy Tolstoy and their family and friends. Eventually, Stepan Andreevich Bers, Sophia’s brother, collected and published her recipes in a private “Cookery Book” as a gift to her. LEO TOLSTOY: A VEGETARIAN’S TALE features Sophia’s original recipes updated for modern cooks as well as personal anecdotes and delightful illustrations of Tolstoy’s life.
Those who purchase the E-Book version will find it equipped with hyperlinks, which will take readers to passages in Tolstoy’s books where those dishes are referenced.
This is a book that will appeal to fans of Tolstoy and Russian literature as well as those who follow or wish to explore a vegetarian lifestyle.