Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
Berry graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Bachelor of Arts in 1968, he also had the graduate study there for a year from 1970.
116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States
Berry attended Columbia University from 1971 to 1974.
Berry was a historical adviser for North American Vegetarian Society from 1996 to 1998.
72 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011, United States
Berry worked at the New School for Social Research at the position of an instructor in culinary history, holding that post for two years from 1996.
Berry as a lecturer
Berry as a speaker
Rynn Berry and Charles Patterson sign their books
Berry as a speaker
(Vegetarianism & the World's Religions; Ten essays explore...)
Vegetarianism & the World's Religions; Ten essays explore the meaning of vegetarianism in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, and Catholic and Protestant Christianity
Berry graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Bachelor of Arts in 1968, he also had the graduate study there for a year from 1970. Berry attended Columbia University from 1971 to 1974.
Berry began his career as a teacher of comparative literature at Baruch College, and then at the New School for Social Research at the position of an instructor in culinary history, holding that post for two years from 1996.
Berry was the author and lecturer who studies vegetarianism and veganism from a historical perspective. His books include: Famous Vegetarians & Their Favorite Recipes (1999)—a biographical history of vegetarianism that ranges from Pythagoras and the Buddha to Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Beatles and beyond, The New Vegetarians (1993) - a collection of biographical sketches and interviews of famous contemporary vegetarians, Food for the Gods (1998)—about vegetarianism and the world’s great religions, Hitler: Neither Vegetarian, Nor Animal Lover (2004)—an adroit refutation of the Fuhrer’s claims. Rynn puts out an annual Vegan Guide to New York City, which is now in its 15th year. Berry wrote the entry on the history of vegetarianism in America for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink (2005), as well as seven entries on vegetarianism and related topics for The Oxford Companion to Food and Drink in America (2007). Berry wrote essays on vegetarianism in each of the world's religions: Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He has also included conversations with prominent vegetarian thinkers from each of these religions. Besides his books, he also wrote many articles and interviews published in vegetarian-themed magazines.
Berry was the historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society and was on the Advisory Board of the organization Earth Save. Additionally, he was a popular radio guest who appears frequently on talk shows from coast to coast, as well as a playwright who contributed a number of short plays about famous vegetarians in history.
Berry contributed to the animal rights movement in Brazil, where frequently worked as a lecturer both in English and in Portuguese.
(Vegetarianism & the World's Religions; Ten essays explore...)1998
(The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets; This book contain...)2010
(The book provides a necessary corrective to one of histor...)2004
(Lives and Lore from Buddha to Beatles)1996
Berry's perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what we had thought was an innocuous white liquid - milk.
He was a teenager when he embraced a vegetarian diet. And being an amateur historian all his life, Berry was impressed by the number of famous people, geniuses, super athletes who gravitated to a vegetarian diet. So he decided to try it, especially when he learned of the ethical aspects of vegetarianism and the animal excrete adrenaline in anticipation of being slaughtered that plus the inspiration of famous vegetarians of the past that actuated him to become a vegetarian.
Quotations: "I think it is important that people be made aware that the vegetarian movement has a venerable history behind it. It didn’t spring full-blown from the head of a flower child in the 1960’s. It really begins with Pythagoras in the West in the 6th century BC and has reasserted itself periodically ever since."
Berry was a member of the Authors Guild, the American Vegan Society, the New York Society for Culinary Historians, the San Francisco Raw Food Society, the North American Vegetarian Society and the Earth Save.
Berry was a gentle soul whose life touched so many.
Berry became vegetarian as a teenager and vegan at the age of 21. He became a rawfooder in 1994.
Quotes from others about the person
“"Rynn's impact was literally incalculable, given how many met him, bought his books, or talked with him at the Union Square green market over the many years. He was the epitome of the kind of unheralded grassroots activist without which any movement for change cannot grow, and he was a witty and erudite figure: the Dr. Johnson of the vegetarian movement. He would be missed greatly, even by those who never met him, but his work will live on." - Martin Rowe”