This morning, a friend who knows that I have an unpublished novel about Adolph Hitler's chef sitting on my hard drive sent me this question from the usenet (?) group rec.food.historic
[Could we write the Hitler Vegetarian Cookbook?]
Surely a lot of the menus for events Hitler attended must survive?
It should be possible to work out how the chefs of the time coped
with his requirements. I've never seen an elite/gourmet veggie
cookbook from that period, they all seem to be solidly bourgeois.
He presumably didn't need to have nut roast alternating with bean
and cheese casserole every night.
I assume that the reason this question is coming up now has something to do with the approach of the Son of the Prince of Darkness' birthday on April 20. And certainly whoever wrote it does not know -or perhaps fails to acknowledge- that Hitler was only an occasional vegetarian who seemed to be philosophically opposed to eating meat when it suited his propaganda agenda. It also seems likely that Hitler was convinced that a vegetarian diet would correct the gastrointestinal problems that had plagued him throughout his adult life. (You may or may not be amused to know that it has been reported that one of his doctors treated him with e. coli bacteria cultured from Hitler's own stool. This homeopathic remedy is referred to as Mutaflor and can be purchased today. But it is made, I assume, from e. coli from the guts of someone other than Hitler.)
In the end I suspect that the question is disingenuous and the person who wrote it is not truly serious about wanting to write a "A Thousand Years (Oops! Make that twelve.) of Great Aryan Veggie Recipes." But the subordinate question about the menus is pretty intriguing. I'm sure such things exist. If any reader of this blog comes across any German or Austrian vegetarian books, menus or recipes from the period of Hitler's rise (1933) and fall (1945) please let us know.