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Recipes for a Small Planet [Paperback]

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August 1983
Ellen Buchman Ewald was an inspiration for France's Moore Lappe's successful nutrition regimen, outlined in DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET. Now, here is Ms. Ewald's long-awaited cookbook, basic and complete, containing hundreds of delicious, body- and planet-conscious recipes for better health, ecology, and above all, better eating.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK starting point for vegetarianism Dec 19 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book is divided into 3 parts: 1. Protein Complementarity, 2. Living with the Earth in Mind, 3. The Recipes.
The good parts about this book are that EBE really makes a point of emphasizing food combining. Being a vegetarian does NOT mean just leaving meat out of the diet-you have to compensate for the incomplete proteins found in vegetables by food combining. Being that this book is a spin-off of the revolutionary (when it came out) "Diet for a Small Planet", its recipes focus on wholefoods and nutritional value. After having made many, many of the recipes in this book, I can say that they're good "basic" recipes, but not very flavorful. What I have done is make the recipe exactly as specified in the book, and after tasting the food made my own adjustments. In summary, this is a good starting point for vegetarianism that covers a wide variety of recipes, that with personal tweaking, result in tasty, nutritious food.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a classic for vegetarians (of a certain age...). Recipes have good protein content, and the indices include instructions on how to cook a wide variety of grains and legumes in either a pressure cooker or regular pot. All recipes have been balanced to provide a complete protein. More recent research seems to indicate that it is not as critical as was thought at the time to have complete protein present in each meal, but this remains a very useful guide and reference for vegetarians, one of the backbones of my recipe book collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Jan. 29 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well, it showed its age, as expected. It is a book I ordered for one of my children, because I have always loved and used it, but after I had it discovered it would cost about $43 to mail it to her in Manila, so the whole experience was disappointing, no fault of the book or of Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first vegetarian cookbook Aug. 18 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A friend gave me this book (the spiral edition) in 1973, and it truly changed my life -- I became a vegetarian immediately. This is where I learned how to cook and eat all kinds of food that I'd never seen before, especially beans. I am not crazy about the "breakfast" recipes, but the breads in this cookbook are great. I have over a hundred cookbooks, and I still make the lasagne with adzuki beans (complicated) and the potato soup (easy). Almost every page in my book is either stained or annotated or both.
The only disadvantage to this cookbook is that many recipes call for dairy products and eggs -- things that I still enjoy after 29 years, but that I am not allowed to eat as often these days!
This is a classic, educational cookbook for vegetarians.
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