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Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen - the New Green Basics Way Paperback – Mar 31 2009
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“Fifty recipes…wrap up [Heyhoe’s] go-green dictate, all belying the myth that good for you isn’t great for the taste buds. This is a very careful, well-explained examination of the cookprint we decide to leave.”
“Kate Heyhoe uses a buzzword to express the place where eco-consciousness meets good food.”
Providence Journal, 4/22/09
“The changes suggested…require very little effort on a cook’s part beyond paying attention and thinking. And how great will it make you feel to say you are just one more cook out to save the planet, one meal at a time.”
Body + Soul, June 2009
“Most of us are familiar with our environmental ‘footprint.’ There’s a new word…that hasn’t yet made it into the green lexicon but should: ‘cookprint.’”
“If I had my way, every American cook would read Cooking Green—it’s that important.”
“A dynamic combination of Michael Pollan, Alton Brown, and Wonder Woman all rolled into one. After finishing this book you will definitely be convinced that you can help save the planet while preparing dinner every night.”
“From ‘green grilling’ to cooking with less heat, from advice on choosing pans to ‘new ways to eat’ (no-cook pasta sauces), Heyhoe offers many ways to save money—and go ‘green.’”
Body & Soul, September 2009
About the Author
Kate Heyhoe , the founding editor of GlobalGourmet.com and NewGreenBasics.com, is a James Beard Award finalist and the author of seven cookbooks. She lives near Austin, Texas.
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Our individual food choices--how we select and prepare our food, how we store it and dispose of the wastes--are part of what has become an enormous, life-changing global problem: global warming and climate destabilization, caused by human production of greenhouse gasses. Kate Heyhoe estimates that twelve percent of all these emissions result from growing (think fossil-fueled agriculture), packaging, transporting, and preparing our food. Over 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide per household per year is attributable to what and how we eat. Chew on that for a moment.
If we care (and we should) what can we do? Cooking Green is full of good ideas for reducing what Heyhoe calls our "cookprint," the environmental impact of every meal we eat. She starts by suggesting that we should think of ourselves as "ecovores," choosing and eating "foods that are raised and grown in harmony with the environment." This is more flexible and realistic than strict "locavore" practices, such as the 100-mile diet. It is more ambiguous as well, as she describes in a section called "The Ecovore's Dilemma." It means thinking, reading, evaluating, deliberating, for these are not easy matters, in an era when there are too many of us and we use too many limited natural resources.
Some of Heyhoe's ideas will challenge your idea of a home-cooked meal. Turn off that inefficient oven, she says ("ovens are the Humvees of the kitchen"), and plug in a toaster oven. Reconsider the cooktop, and opt for a greener flame, using more energy-efficient appliances and "passive" cooking practices. Adopt low-impact waste-disposal methods.
Shopping? Be mindful of the seasons, eat more plants and less (much, much less) industrially-farmed meat. Understand "organic," think field-to-fork, consider fair trade, check for sustainable sourcing, weigh the packaging. Eating out? Ditto all this, and look for restaurants that have gone "green."
Nobody said this was easy.
But Heyhoe is right: "The reversal of climate change requires a complete paradigm shift and global actions, in more than just food and cooking. But one thing leads to another. Little steps in behavior can make a big difference in how we think."
There are a few things to quibble with. To my mind, gardening is one of the most important ways we can contribute to our personal food supply, but Heyhoe dismisses this with "grow a few greens." Dishwashers consume more than just hot water (Heyhoe's only measure of efficiency), especially when you consider the resources and energy that goes into manufacturing, shipping, and marketing the appliance. My dishpan requires no electricity, and doesn't cost as much to make or market as a dishwasher.
But these are minor issues. I was challenged by this book to make important changes in what I thought were already careful food choices and cooking practices. You will be, too. But you have to start by reading it.
P.S. When you've read the book, check out the website: [...] Lots more good stuff there.
by Susan Wittig Albert
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
I did not think much about reducing the carbon footprint in the kitchen, however, but this book has many little things that anyone can do to reduce it. "Cooking Green" is a self-help book, emphasizing tips, recipes, and processes to be just a little more eco-friendly. These might be passive or active efforts, but all should help if followed as outlined here. The author is especially good at helping to reconsider how we cook and eat, in the process we might be able to save some time and to be just a little healthier that previously. A major benefit from my perspective was the more than fifty recipes in this book.
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