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A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet

Based on the Teachings of
His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



Chapter 1
Reveals how modern medical research has shown links between meat-eating and killer diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Health and a Meatless Diet

Chapter 2
Exposes the myth of a worldwide food scarcity and explains the economic advantages of a vegetarian diet for society and the individual.

The Hidden Cost of Meat

Chapter 3
The ethical foundations of vegetarianism are set forth, focusing on the writings of some of the world’s greatest philosophers, authors, and religious leaders, among them Pythagoras, Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Rousseau, Franklin, Shelley, Tolstoy, Thoreau, Gandhi, and others. The principle of nonviolence, as found in the teachings of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, is also examined.

“Do Unto Others…”

Chapter 4
An analysis of how the laws of karma and reincarnation are related to vegetarianism.

Karma and Reincarnation

Chapter 5
Explains in detail the rationale and procedures for offering vegetarian food to the Supreme Lord as part of the Bhakti-yoga system.

Beyond Vegetarianism

Chapter 6
Excerpts from the writings of Srila Prabhupada, India’s greatest authority on Vedic culture, provide a concise, highly readable summary of the philosophy underlying the spiritual vegetarian diet outlined in The Higher Taste.

A Higher Taste

Chapter 7
Includes recipes for: Italian Dinner #1, Italian Dinner #2, Indian Dinner #1, Indian Dinner #2, Chinese Dinner #1, Chinese Dinner #2, Mexican Dinner, French Dinner, Middle East Dinner, Vegetables, Miscellaneous Side Dishes.


Provides an overview of the Krishna consciousness movement’s varied food-related activities – Vegetarian restaurants, self-sufficient farm communities, food-relief programs for the unemployed and underprivileged, and more.

Physiological Comparisons Between Meat-eaters and Herbivores Chart

Relative Per-Acre Yield of Usable Protein From Various Food Sources Graph