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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 20 edition (May 12 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345321200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345321206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Gontard on June 19 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster on 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 By Kevin R. Vrieze on Sept. 5 2002
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Devine on 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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