archiving: mixed race raw foodist

a fascinating and multilayered historical character, philippa schuyler, a journalist, classical pianist and standardized tested genius famous in the 1930s/40s/50s grew up on a primarily raw food diet.  her mother “believed that genius could best be developed by a diet consisting exclusively of raw foods. as a result, philippa grew up in her new york apartment eating a diet predominantly comprising raw carrots, peas and yams and raw steak. she was given a daily ration of cod liver oil and lemon slices in place of sweets. ‘when we travel,’ [her mother] said, ‘philippa and i amaze waiters. you have to argue with most waiters before they will bring you raw meat. i guess it is rather unusual to see a little girl eating a raw steak.’” i’ve never been into the raw meat angle of raw foodism but i’m amazed at the times and places in history that raw food does rear it’s head. i’ve recently added composition in black and white: the life of philippa schuyler by kathryn talalay to my to-read list on goodreads to have the opportunity to learn more.

[sources – wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippa_Schuyler, http://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=127750]

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~ by cyrah on December 17, 2011.

One Response to “archiving: mixed race raw foodist”

  1. The waiters must’ve not been hip to “tartare” back then… and nice to see I’m not the only 1 who grew up being fed cod liver oil.

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