Diet for a Small Planet: The Book That Started a Revolution in the Way Americans Eat Paperback – Aug 27 1991
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With the new emphasis on environmentalism in teh 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I gave away my original copy. So happy to have a new one! The politics behind the food industry is gigantic. This book can help me reduce the amount of meat we eat.Published 12 months ago by Liz Munro
This is a good book but I have not as yet received it. I received the first one I ordered but not the second.Published 12 months ago by Margaret Chisholm
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 morePublished on May 10 2004 by Quarter Irish
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 morePublished on March 17 2004 by Mark Forkheim
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 morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by J. Duffey
This is an amazing book. It has lasted longer on the shelves than many other books of its kind and packs an influential punch. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by Joanna D.
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 morePublished on May 15 2001
Excellent introductory essay goes into nutritional reasons why meat is not necessary, followed by practical recipes for everyday use. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2001 by www.zverina.com
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2001
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