Pat Crocker is a radio host, food writer, culinary herbalist, professional home economist, naturalfood expert, and bestselling author of nine cookbooks, including The Vegetarian Cook's Bible. She has been photographing and speaking and writing about healthy food for more than a decade.
Excerpt The ancients did it, Einstein recommended it, and David Suzuki supports it. The trend of eating less meat is centuries old, but for many North Americans it is a new trend and way of life. Every year more and more people move toward a healthier, plant-based diet. There is no doubt that the earth and its inhabitants fare better when meat is not a priority at dinner (or at lunch or breakfast, for that matter). And yet for some body types, it is not medically advisable to eliminate meat completely; responsible consumption of small amounts of organic beef, lamb, chicken, and fish may be beneficial for them. What we see evolving is a flexible way of thinking about food, cooking it, and serving it to family and friends.