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Whether you're spending the day in the kitchen, in the car, or gathered around a table with family and friends, add a secret ingredient to make everything better: classical music.

Gustav Mahler, in his younger days, was a vegetarian. There's a story, recounted by one of his biographers, about how the composer was teased by fellow musicians in a restaurant when he refused meat, instead asking for spinach and apples.

Mahler might have caught on to this way of eating from reading an essay by none other than classical music's most nortorious veggie-head, Richard Wagner.