Like a vegetarian Silver Spoon, the Duke of Salaparuta's Vegetarian Italian is a major discovery: an authentic and complete guide to vegetarian Italian cuisine.
First published in 1930, The Duke's Table is a massive compendium of vegetarian recipes from Italy and the Mediterranean. The brainchild of Enrico Alliata, the Duke of Salaparuta, a utopian gourmand and winemaker, the book contains 1,030 recipes.
Though much Italian fare is naturally vegetarian, the Duke also worked for years to systematically remove meat from classic Italian dishes, creating an encyclopedic reference work for vegetarians.
Alliata, who wrote against the "dietary orthodoxy of the day," was a vocal advocate for a vegetarian diet, which he believed--much in advance of early dietitians--led to a longer, healthier life.