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Diet for a Small Planet [Paperback]

Frances Moore Lappe
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Aug. 27 1991
With the new emphasis on environmentalism in the 1990's, Lappe stresses how her philosophy remains valid, and how food remains the central issue through which to understand world politics.

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I GAVE MY first speech as the author of Diet for a Small Planet at the University of Michigan in early 1972. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trip down memory lane.... June 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Small planet, big influence Feb. 27 2002
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This is an amazing book. It has lasted longer on the shelves than many other books of its kind and packs an influential punch.
The secret of "Diet for a Small Planet" is that it contains something for everyone, whether you believe in vegetarianism, the ecological production of the food supply or just want better health.
If you are an animal activist or don't eat meat for religious reasons, Lappe provides valuable info on how to get the proper balance in your diet by matching foods to get all the essential amino acids you need (the building blocks of proteins.)
If you are interested in health, you can use Lappe's book to provide alternative main dishes that are satisfying and lower in fat, higher in fiber. Meat is a major source of saturated fats, beans and rice and other grains provide lots of benefits such as soluable and insoluable fiber, vitamins and minerals.
If you are ecologically minded, and this is the thrust of the book, you can eat comfortably, knowing your dietary items take up less resources to grow.
I don't subscribe to all Lappe's philosophies, yet, this book had and continues to have a major influence on me. Rice and beans or grains and beans are regular items on our table, meatless days outnumber days when meat is on the table, and this is because I read Lappe's book long ago. I am sure I am better for knowing the information here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyday Use Feb. 6 2001
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Excellent introductory essay goes into nutritional reasons why meat is not necessary, followed by practical recipes for everyday use. For anyone who ever thought vegetarianism would take too much time and effort. Special attention is paid to getting enough protein and B vitamins-two of the reasons most often cited by those who claim they can't do without meat. Aside from issues of cruelty and health, eating meat is just a waste of our planet's limited resources. This book offers simple step-by-step instructions on how to minimize your "ecological footprint" without giving up taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The more things change, the more they stay the same...
I read this book in 1994. I was a vegetarian before I read it, but it inspired me to stay vegetarian. Read more
Published on June 19 2008 by D. Gontard
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 Probably the best single book on things vegetarian
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2002 by Kevin R. Vrieze
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 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 J Keistler
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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