GANDHI'S SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT DIET, eating with the world in mind

: Slate (N.)

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237pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2019


First published in the USA in 2019.

"Mahatma Gandhi redefined nutrition as a holistic approach to building a more just world. What he chose to eat was intimately tied to his beliefs. His key values of nonviolence, religious tolerance, and rural sustainability developed in coordination with his dietary experiments. His repudiation of sugar, chocolate, and salt expressed his opposition to economies based on slavery, indentured labor, and imperialism... What became the pillars of Gandhi's diet - vegetarianism, limiting salt and sweets, avoiding processed food, and fasting - anticipated many of the debates in twenty-first-century food studies, and presaged the necessity of building healthier and more equitable food systems." from the back cover

"A wonderful book that focuses on the issue of Gandhi's obsessive preoccupation with diet reform and food in general, pointing out how intricately meshed were the Mahatma's ideas and practices concerning eating, morality, ethics, and political activism." Joseph Alter, author of Gandhi's Body: Sex, Diet, and the Politics of Nationalism

Nico Slate is professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University.