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Diet for a Small Planet (1971)

by Frances Moore Lappé

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Discover a way of eating that revolutionized the meaning of our food choices and sold more than 3 million copies--now in a 50th-anniversary edition with a timely introduction plus new and updated plant-centered recipes   "Frances Moore Lappé is one of the few people who can credibly be said to have changed the way we eat--and one of an even smaller group to have done it for the better."--The New York Times   In 1971, Diet for a Small Planet broke new ground, revealing how our everyday acts are a form of power to create health for ourselves and our planet. This extraordinary book first exposed the needless waste built into a meat-centered diet. Now, in a special edition for its 50th anniversary, world-renowned food expert Frances Moore Lappé goes even deeper, showing us how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, and move us toward real democracy. Sharing her personal journey and how this revolutionary book shaped her own life, Lappé offers a fascinating philosophy on changing yourself--and the world--that can start with changing the way we eat. This new edition features eighty-five updated plant-centered recipes, including more than a dozen new delights from celebrity chefs including Mark Bittman, Padma Lakshmi, Alice Waters, José Andrés, Bryant Terry, Mollie Katzen, and Sean Sherman.… (more)
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  profpenguin | May 3, 2022 |
Whole wheat and soy, p. 181, 4 to 1.
  DromJohn | Aug 26, 2017 |
20 years later, still wonderful, updated 1991. ( )
  justloux | Feb 4, 2011 |
Wow, this book was excellent. I found it to be probably the most comprehensive book about food politics that I've read. It encompasses a lot of important points and really takes a thorough look at all of the intricacies of our current food system. For example, the author makes all of the important connections and leaves no stones unturned. She explains how our current food system leads to overproduction, environmental devastation, hunger and questionable food products. She makes the connection between today's farming and food production systems and global capitalism. These are all important connections to make that many authors overlook.

What I found most amazing about this book is how accurate it still is 20 years after it was written, and I read the 20th anniversary edition. People knew about all of these things since the 1970s and haven't changed anything! It's depressing if you think about it like that, and really opens my eyes to how entrenched our food policies are. I find it strange that people are reading Michael Pollan as if he's coming up with these brand new ideas, and here they are published already in 1991. (Not to say that Pollan is plagiarizing this book, just that his ideas are hardly novel.)

For the vegan, you will probably lament the lack of animal rights consciousness in this book. The author doesn't eat meat, and explains how meat consumption is inefficient, bad for the environment and helps lead to global poverty, but doesn't take much of an animal rights perspective. (Read John Robbins for that.) She ultimately states that including a small portion of meat in one's diet isn't counter to the ideas in the book. As well, many (if not most) of the recipes do contain animal ingredients. That said, the recipes are probably still a good resource for people looking to eliminate meat from their diets. ( )
2 vote lemontwist | Dec 28, 2009 |
We own this because we feel we should - it is the companion to the classic we also have. We've not yet cooked anything out of it. ( )
  ShawnMarie | Dec 28, 2008 |
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For Betty Ballantine, whose foresight, thank God, was better than mine!
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It takes sixteen pounds [weight (lbs)] of grain and soy to feed a cow, to generate one pound of meat.
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Discover a way of eating that revolutionized the meaning of our food choices and sold more than 3 million copies--now in a 50th-anniversary edition with a timely introduction plus new and updated plant-centered recipes   "Frances Moore Lappé is one of the few people who can credibly be said to have changed the way we eat--and one of an even smaller group to have done it for the better."--The New York Times   In 1971, Diet for a Small Planet broke new ground, revealing how our everyday acts are a form of power to create health for ourselves and our planet. This extraordinary book first exposed the needless waste built into a meat-centered diet. Now, in a special edition for its 50th anniversary, world-renowned food expert Frances Moore Lappé goes even deeper, showing us how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, and move us toward real democracy. Sharing her personal journey and how this revolutionary book shaped her own life, Lappé offers a fascinating philosophy on changing yourself--and the world--that can start with changing the way we eat. This new edition features eighty-five updated plant-centered recipes, including more than a dozen new delights from celebrity chefs including Mark Bittman, Padma Lakshmi, Alice Waters, José Andrés, Bryant Terry, Mollie Katzen, and Sean Sherman.

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