Colin Spencer

British writer

Colin Spencer (born 1933) is an English writer and artist. His work includes novels, short stories, non-fiction (including histories of food and of homosexuality), cookery books, stage and television plays, paintings and drawings, book and magazine illustrations. For fourteen years he wrote a regular food column for The Guardian.

Colin Spencer


  • Further, it should be clear that meat in itself as protein is not much superior to eggs or nuts and could not alter the evolution of the brain – if this were so, this miracle food would have continued to enlarge humans’ brain size in succeeding years when much greater amounts of meat were consumed.
    • The Heretic's Feast: A History of Vegetarianism (Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1996), p. 16.

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