Follow the links for articles on the book:                   

How I came to write the book  

A sample of recipes from the book on the Vegetarian Times website                       

Turnip Tops and Nettles on Toast

Victorian Superfoods

Vegan Victorian Dinner Party

Healthy Vegetable Recipes

The British Library collection

'Early Vegetarian Recipes' was put together during many long and happy hours in the reading rooms of the British Library in London.  They have a lovely 'Books for Cooks' section on their website featuring cookery books which date back to medieval times and up to 1940.  There's a wonderful recipe for 'Tostee' from 'the Forme of Cury' (c.1390):


Take wine and honey and mix it together and skim it clean. And seethe (boil) it for a long time, and add to it powdered ginger, pepper and salt. Toast bread and lay it thereto. Carve pieces of ginger, and flour it therewith, and serve it forth.

Other Articles:

If you're interested in collecting old cookery books, take a look at this article on the AbeBooks US website:

Move over Hemingway, Steinbeck and Twain. Humble cookbooks have become highly desirable in the book collecting world.
The American cookbook genre truly began in the 1700s with two titles that can claim to be America’s first cookbook – The Compleat Housewife by William Parks (1742) and American Cookery by Amelia Simmons (1796). The Compleat Housewife was derived from an English book, while American Cookery - which is still in print today - features recipes using solely American produce. More...