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Diet for a Small Planet (20th Anniversary Edition) [Mass Market Paperback]

Frances Moore Lappe
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May 12 1985
Here again is the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating-- one that remains a complete guide for eating well in the 90s. Featuring: simple rules for a healthy diet; a streamlined, easy-to-use format; delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat; hundreds of wonderful recipes, and much more.

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I read this book in 1994. I was a vegetarian before I read it, but it inspired me to stay vegetarian. Here's the main reason why: as firs-worlders, we are oblivious to the chain of events that happen before our food gets to the grocery aisle. I was somewhat guilty of this. I say "somewhat" because my father was a hunter and I learned early on about the food on my plate and how it got there. However, I have step-children who have always lived in the country, on a hobby farm. They never made the connection between the cows in the field and the beef in the meat section, or the burger at Mickey Dee's. They can't tell pork from beef, from chicken, from veggie burgers. Country kids who don't understand where their food really comes from??!! To me, this was incredible. This book helped me teach my daughter and my step-kids where their food comes from, so that they have the information to make responsible choices according to their beliefs and ethics. It's always a good time to learn to make choices that sit well with one's personal beliefs and ethics. To me, this is the main focus of the book... whether you're vegetarian or not.

This book taught me that I have to look beyond the packaging to the source. I have to be conscious of the origins of the food I feed my family. I have a responsibility to them, and myself, to stand up and choose what I will not put up with: multi-national exploitation, antibiotics in meat, industrial farming techniques, pesticide use, depletion of fertile farm land, deforestation, e-coli bateria in my veggies... The list never ends, it seems. These days, there is one food crisis after another: spinach, tomatoes, grain shortages... It's a little scary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trip down memory lane.... June 9 2002
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In the early 1970s, I left my abusive husband, took my three kids and resumed my education (I was a high school dropout age 28 with three kids). Those were the days of "Earth shoes" that tilted your body into a more upright position, and the "discovery" of yogurt and acid rain. Although I did not realize it at the time, it was the beginning of the renewal of the Woman's movement.
My new friends included a small group of women in their late twenties and early thirties who had left abusive husbands, had small children, and were in the midst of gaining a new awareness that later on took on the sobriquet, "consciousness raising." Among other tools we acquired a number of books including, THE WOMEN'S ROOM and DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET.
DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET is a gem, not because it contains wonderful recipes (it doesn't) but because when you read it, you can get an inside view of a subculture that has disappeared. Sometimes I think the happiest moments of my life occurred in those days. I had no money, but I was in college--a life long dream my mother had and never realized--and with friends who helped me to feel good about myself for the first time in my life. DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET nourished this feeling. DIET explained how the real food chain worked and that everything we ate affected some other life form. We learned that we could eat and hurt others less, and save a few bucks because the meals were cheap.
My kids still laugh at some of the meals I served them based on the recipes in DIET. Over the years, we've had many discussions about which food was worst. They say the "yogurt and barly soup" wins hands down. This book explains how to make awful food and many better veggie books are on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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At the time of the first edition, this book was the best thought out and researched of all. The concept of protein complements, among others, is crucial to making a vegetarian diet work for any length of time. I tried to work with several others, and still have their books which I use occasionally. This one has stuck we me over three continents and as many decades. In times when I wasn't totally vegetarian it still provided a welcome change and a reminder that I wasn't reliant on the local meat market. Of all the books this has the philosophy and practicality to stay with one as a viable guide to a vegetarian lifestyle.
With this edition my wife and children have discovered, for quite different reasons (one from concerns about ecology, pollution, additives, GMOs, etc., the other from a more 'economic manipulation of peoples food habits' as well as nutrition) this book once again and found it as relevant now. They were thunderstruck to see my yellowed, fingermarked, and well-worn, copies with notes of variations I had tried. The beauty of the open-ended concept here is understated, but crucial. It has given us a stronger nutritional base as well as contributed to our growth as a family.
For someone new to this area this contains some of the most sound nutritional, philosophical, and economic, reasoning I've seen in print. Over time it becomes quite easy to adapt conventional recipes to the methodology in this book. As a guide for your cuisine and your life it is very good indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth buying and giving out to people Jan. 21 2000
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If god was able to recomend a book for how to live, and the bible wasn't available this would do for practical purposes when it comes to the parts about eating. I spent years trying to lose weight to feel beautiful. My vanity guided me to everything from weight watchers, to Jenny, Atkins and Phen Phen. After more faliure, I gave up on my vanity and need for outside approval (it wasn't working anyway) one day I finally said screw it. On the next day I found this book at a yard sale for free. This book gave me practical ways to a happy and healthy body for me and my kids. I've never felt better- it's so simple that I scoff at any way to lose weight that dosen't pretty much say just follow nature's way and don't pig out. I also would like to see a planet that is able to sustain our kids. My old methods of eating would have contributed to the planets demise. I can't save the world, but I can act responsibly for my own peace of mind. This book is a way to make a vegitarian lifestyle appealing, satisfying, and fun. This attack of sanity has now caused me to be a happier & healthier person. (I'm also pretty slender) If your smart this book can give you tips to simplify your eating, feel healthier and thus happier.(it is also likely to save you money on your grocery bill and reduce wasteful packaging on processed foods)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Isn't it ironic?
I haven't seen this cookbook in years, but today I went into a "whole foods supermarker" to look for an item that isn't carried by my regular grocery chain, and seeing... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Quarter Irish
3.0 out of 5 stars A case for free range - not vegetarianism
I decided to read this book after reading about it in Peter Singer's "Practical Ethics". I thought that it was going to be a real cow hugging grass-munching type of book. Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Mark Forkheim
2.0 out of 5 stars Help I need the Dummies Guide to 'Diet For a Small Planet'!
The idea of eating less meat has always appealed to me. I found this book in hopes of learning how to find other sources of protein. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by J. Duffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Small planet, big influence
This is an amazing book. It has lasted longer on the shelves than many other books of its kind and packs an influential punch. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2002 by Joanna Daneman
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful to the Bodybuilder
I purchased this book after having seen it recommended by the late, great, natural bodybuilder Steve Reeves in his book "Building the Classic Physique: The Natural Way". Read more
Published on May 15 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyday Use
Excellent introductory essay goes into nutritional reasons why meat is not necessary, followed by practical recipes for everyday use. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still using it after 20 years
I purchased the book in 1978 used (I have a 1973 edition). It is in pieces taped together (had to remove the spiral binding finally). I cook from this book almost daily. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2001 by "owlsong"
2.0 out of 5 stars Soap Box
Thank God this book was inexpensive. This book focuses on how world economics of the food chain. I do not eat beef and am trying to become a complete vegetarian and I thought... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2000 by Kelleymac
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Benchmark
Lappe's original book converted me to vegetarianism in college in the early seventies. This is a very convincing argument for responsible eating. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2000 by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Ever Give it a try
It was some twenty years ago that I was given the first edition of this excellent book, and have since bought the updated version since my copies get lent out so much I needed to... Read more
Published on July 16 2000 by Beth DeRoos
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