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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. 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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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. 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.

30 review for Diet for a Small Planet

  1. 4 out of 5

    lp

    When my mom became a vegetarian in the early 90s, she read Diet For A Small Planet. I remember thinking, “wah wah wah my mom is such a boring loser moron head.” I pitied her for picking up a book with the words “diet” and “small planet” on it—and a pile of grain, to top it all off. This was around the time that I hid all the “Now Serving Veggie Burgers!” pamphlets from our favorite diner, because I didn’t want that nasty crap on my table. But Mom was onto something. Although it was written in 19 When my mom became a vegetarian in the early 90s, she read Diet For A Small Planet. I remember thinking, “wah wah wah my mom is such a boring loser moron head.” I pitied her for picking up a book with the words “diet” and “small planet” on it—and a pile of grain, to top it all off. This was around the time that I hid all the “Now Serving Veggie Burgers!” pamphlets from our favorite diner, because I didn’t want that nasty crap on my table. But Mom was onto something. Although it was written in 1991, Lappe’s book is forward thinking about the social and personal importance of eating simply, healthfully, and meatlessly. I lost my paper copy years ago when it fell to pieces, and I’m bummed, because there was a killer recipe for Mulligatawny stew inside. (Oh, look! I found it. I love the internet.) And come to think of it, the idea of eating for a small planet is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? God I was such a loser moron head when I was a kid.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    This book ruined my childhood. This book made my mom put soy grits in spaghetti sauce, and I'm pretty sure it had something to do with her delivering a lecture on carob to my second grade class, too. But I'll give it this: Walnut cheddar loaf sure makes the planet FEEL small. Because as far as I'm concerned, the planet isn't big enough for the both of us. I hate you, walnut cheddar loaf. This book ruined my childhood. This book made my mom put soy grits in spaghetti sauce, and I'm pretty sure it had something to do with her delivering a lecture on carob to my second grade class, too. But I'll give it this: Walnut cheddar loaf sure makes the planet FEEL small. Because as far as I'm concerned, the planet isn't big enough for the both of us. I hate you, walnut cheddar loaf.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ALLEN

    It was Frances Moore Lappé's great gift to us to throw out the concept that something called an "entree" must center the dinner table, be it a great sullen lump of animal protein or a substitute like tofurkey. Instead, she focuses on protein complementarity, the technique of melding vegetable sources with incomplete amino acids into full proteins (for example, corn and legume beans; milk and peanuts). It's a wonderful way to think, plan, and cook; as a result this wonderful little book has brave It was Frances Moore Lappé's great gift to us to throw out the concept that something called an "entree" must center the dinner table, be it a great sullen lump of animal protein or a substitute like tofurkey. Instead, she focuses on protein complementarity, the technique of melding vegetable sources with incomplete amino acids into full proteins (for example, corn and legume beans; milk and peanuts). It's a wonderful way to think, plan, and cook; as a result this wonderful little book has braved the test of time and is now in its fifth decade. Oh, and may I say: There's some darn tasty stuff in here, too. Bon appetit!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    The most important book on Nutrition and Politics I have ever read. If you don't immediately see the relationship, then read this book. The most important book on Nutrition and Politics I have ever read. If you don't immediately see the relationship, then read this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    I enjoyed this book when I read it, but I thought it hadn't made a huge impression on me. Looking back, I realize that I became a (lacto-ovo) vegetarian a few years after I read this, and I'm wondering if it had more of an influence than I've ever realized. Highly recommended - probably suggest reading the 20th anniversary edition that's out if you've never read the book, although I have not read that edition. I enjoyed this book when I read it, but I thought it hadn't made a huge impression on me. Looking back, I realize that I became a (lacto-ovo) vegetarian a few years after I read this, and I'm wondering if it had more of an influence than I've ever realized. Highly recommended - probably suggest reading the 20th anniversary edition that's out if you've never read the book, although I have not read that edition.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    My next door neighbor Leslie introduced me to this book. She was a hippie who gave my Nixon-loving parents fits. Later she died tragically of an unspecified genetic cancer. In the 70's she was skinny and long-haired and had hip-bones like Twiggy and I thought she was the bees knees. What she said when she loaned me her copy of the book was that meat was very expensive and hard-on-the-planet to produce whereas grains were not. Because I was ten I thought she was talking about eating grass and tha My next door neighbor Leslie introduced me to this book. She was a hippie who gave my Nixon-loving parents fits. Later she died tragically of an unspecified genetic cancer. In the 70's she was skinny and long-haired and had hip-bones like Twiggy and I thought she was the bees knees. What she said when she loaned me her copy of the book was that meat was very expensive and hard-on-the-planet to produce whereas grains were not. Because I was ten I thought she was talking about eating grass and that made me sad that we were all going to be relegated to eating grass one day because we had poisoned the planet. What Ms. Lappé said then was that we needed to think about how our food choices were more than just local choices--they were planetary in nature. I had the great good fortune to see her speak in 2009 at a TED conference during which time she asked, "How do you want future generations to look at you? Like gods of change? Or like selfish little shoppers ?" Still saying profound things forty years later.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    I got this a couple of months ago and was prompted to read it by seeing author Frances Moore Lappé's daughter Anna speak this weekend. What's astonishing is quite how thoroughly she stated, 25 years ago, everything that current food politics writers (Pollan, Nestle) are still reiterating. The message is evidently still sinking in! Her recipes themselves are intriguing - I think she might be single-handedly responsible for an entire generation always shaking gomasio on top of their rice and beans I got this a couple of months ago and was prompted to read it by seeing author Frances Moore Lappé's daughter Anna speak this weekend. What's astonishing is quite how thoroughly she stated, 25 years ago, everything that current food politics writers (Pollan, Nestle) are still reiterating. The message is evidently still sinking in! Her recipes themselves are intriguing - I think she might be single-handedly responsible for an entire generation always shaking gomasio on top of their rice and beans concoctions (to "complete" the protein). On the other hand, she recommends a lot of margarine, dried milk and other things I wouldn't consider using. No doubt in 1980, when one referred to "Worcestershire sauce" or "Italian dressing", HFCS had not yet become quite so ubiquitous an ingredient.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ben Williams

    Though many such books exist today, this book was akin to Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" in that it brought to life an entirely new way of looking at or thinking about food. It encouraged people to look more deeply, to see that food contains a hell of a lot more than the obvious elements one normally is exposed to. I read this book after completing my first semester of college, read it late into the night, feeling a new sort of excitement well up as the pages went on. Almost seven years later, Though many such books exist today, this book was akin to Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" in that it brought to life an entirely new way of looking at or thinking about food. It encouraged people to look more deeply, to see that food contains a hell of a lot more than the obvious elements one normally is exposed to. I read this book after completing my first semester of college, read it late into the night, feeling a new sort of excitement well up as the pages went on. Almost seven years later, the book remains, for my life, a turning point.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    I read the 20th anniversary edition of this book (which is nearly 20 years old itself) and recommend that anyone else who do so start with the actual book, then read the intros and comments in chronological order. I just read it in page order, so I got a lot of updates and somewhat self-congratulatory and very earnest statements about the impact of the book until I got to the actual book that had such a big impact. If Lappe feels self-important, it is because to a real extent her book (or at lea I read the 20th anniversary edition of this book (which is nearly 20 years old itself) and recommend that anyone else who do so start with the actual book, then read the intros and comments in chronological order. I just read it in page order, so I got a lot of updates and somewhat self-congratulatory and very earnest statements about the impact of the book until I got to the actual book that had such a big impact. If Lappe feels self-important, it is because to a real extent her book (or at least the type of work that she and others have done) really does represent groundbreaking ideas on American diet, consumption, health, world markets, sustainability, and hunger. Through various college classes, discussions with friends, and articles I've consumed over the years I've already been exposed to nearly all of the concepts in the book, but that is likely in large part because of the book. The breakdown, for those who haven't been as fortunate as me to have been previously exposed, goes something like this: we don't need nearly as much meat in our diets as we consume; meat production is a huge sink of our grain, soil, and water resources; lots of subsidies go into producing meat and various other non-necessary food products both in the U.S. and in other cultures; world hunger is solveable, but the "food aid" that we currently send to places is often in the form of grain to feed meat that the hungry cannot afford (I would add that a lot of world hunger is politically manipulated; Lappe doesn't really go into this). Perhaps the most important lesson stressed by Lappe in the various intros is that the decisions to continue our foolhardy production, aid, and diet patterns are not being made democratically and that a true participatory democracy driven by informed people is the only way to create a sensible and sustainable world food economy. I haven't tried the recipes yet, and I can't really take Lappe up on the command that we visit local food co-ops, but I'm sticking to my mostly-veg diet and trying to eat as local as possible in a desert in the middle of nowhere, and remain excited about the concept of others catching on as well. Who knows, maybe some day Tuba City will have a salad restaurant and a food co-op, and people will know what tofu is!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Max

    This was a very interesting book. Well researched and even though it's a bit dated, most of the tips given still hold up. Do read it only if you're interested in the environment and feeding the world, because if you're not very interested in these topics it can get quite boring. This was a very interesting book. Well researched and even though it's a bit dated, most of the tips given still hold up. Do read it only if you're interested in the environment and feeding the world, because if you're not very interested in these topics it can get quite boring.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam Young

    Made me want to go vegan. This book is very eye opening about just how much garbage we eat on a daily basis.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Devon Trevarrow Flaherty

    It was fun to read this book, because I felt like I was returning to the roots of a lot of the modern whole foods/vegetarian movement (if that's what you would call it). Honestly, though, it's the kind of information that you can now get in an abundance in a myriad of other, more modern, more up-to-date, even more interesting books and other sources. Even my current reading of The Omnivore's Dilemma is proving to be more engaging, and has much of the same info as Small Planet. And another thing: It was fun to read this book, because I felt like I was returning to the roots of a lot of the modern whole foods/vegetarian movement (if that's what you would call it). Honestly, though, it's the kind of information that you can now get in an abundance in a myriad of other, more modern, more up-to-date, even more interesting books and other sources. Even my current reading of The Omnivore's Dilemma is proving to be more engaging, and has much of the same info as Small Planet. And another thing: no one warned me that Small Planet dips and out of political treatise. The author is very interested in sharing her findings on modern democracy and her opinions about it, which is appropriate, at least from her stand point, but does get repetitive and is hardly the informational recipe book for vegetarians that I expected. I have not yet tried any of the recipes. Review on that forthcoming.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Data

    The recipes I have tried from this cookbook actually are made to taste good. Years ago, when this book was new, it was difficult to find some of the ingredients the recipes called for, but it is not much of a problem now; even the local supermarket carries many of the specialty items used in here. There is also a great deal of practical nutrition information.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Fitzpatrick

    I thought it would be more of a how to. 90% of the book talks about WHY we need to switch to a home-grown, vegetarian diet. About 10% is left for HOW. And that mostly consists of overly fancy vegetarian recipes with way too many ingredients. Nothing about how to transition to a vegetarian diet, or how to cook or plan meals around vegetarian entrees.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Read this one a while back and started making soybean loaves. Good ideas, but wow, were some of the original recipes heavy on the stomach. Wonder if they've changed them over the years. Read this one a while back and started making soybean loaves. Good ideas, but wow, were some of the original recipes heavy on the stomach. Wonder if they've changed them over the years.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    A fantastic little book! Lappé's work was revolutionary at the time, and it's quite easy to see her influence; modern food literature continues to espouse the same commentaries and insights she initially proposed 50 years ago! The book is laid out excellently, taking the reader from problems in the food system, to debunking myths that propagate the problems, getting into the actual science of it for the layman, and polishing it all off with half a book's worth of easy recipes to follow! While sad A fantastic little book! Lappé's work was revolutionary at the time, and it's quite easy to see her influence; modern food literature continues to espouse the same commentaries and insights she initially proposed 50 years ago! The book is laid out excellently, taking the reader from problems in the food system, to debunking myths that propagate the problems, getting into the actual science of it for the layman, and polishing it all off with half a book's worth of easy recipes to follow! While sadly, Lappé's call to reduce our dependence on cattle has gone unheeded, it's nice to know at least that this has been in the public consciousness for so long - maybe someday people will get the message! From the historical origins of having to feed excess grain to cattle to describing the inefficient rates of conversion of said feed, we are taken to the issue that we are taking away food from the hungry, wasting fat that animals are bulked for via grain and then carving it off anyway off, to the forage of the grasslands going unused, to the lack of use of manure that could be used as fuel (and stop it from polluting our water!), the a myriad chain of issues of our love of beef in America is laid bare. Furthermore, we're tilling away our nutrient rich soil to create grazing land, and the cattle and fish are eating pesticide-ridden food and passing it on to us - go read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson! The scope then expands, describing the horrible imbalance wherein rich countries are actually importing goods from poor countries, meaning they can't feed themselves; they're still stuck in post-colonial trap of cash crops. She comments on how the rest of the world is confused by our obsession with beef, that at a party, a European friend commented on the, "Great American Steak Religion." She caps the section on all these issues by rightly addressing a valid concern: if people have to turned to her book in an unfair corporate food environment is that a good thing, or is it emblematic of the fact that we shouldn't have to have to read a book to get good food!, Additionally, if the government actually improve on matters as suggested, would they change their global strategies as well as the internal tactics; would they just ship more beef to other Global North countries? She notes that the government touted giving $1.6b in food aid - after making $5b profit from those same countries because of the conditions our own trade system creates and perpetuates!! Lappé's use of layman science must have been a godsend back in those days - nutrition is still a confusing message to this day to unpack, but her prose and easy to read charts make it a breeze! From debunking protein myths in clear language, describing on amino acids and their availability in plant foods, how much protein we each actually need (and that we're getting too much!), how 'each' is relative to the individual, the actual content of plants vs meat (and how some plants score better than meat on availability and usability!), and finally, how to combine proteins to get the complete package. It sounds like a lot, but that's just because it's a run-on sentence. As mentioned, there are handy charts for the nitty gritty of protein combining and reflections on each group's overall "score" (and surprising results within), finishing with a protein per dollar cost for budgeting purposes - handy! However, the most useful element at the end of the day is, "I don't want to read all this about lysine and the NPU of peanuts, just tell me how to cook something good for me." Lappé lists simple staples (that most people already have), quick suggestions on how to use them, kitchen items to have on hand and how to organize them, and suggestions for making your own recipes if you're feeling adventurous (plusa chart for combining protein via comparable ingredient proportions). If all that is too much work though, there are almost 200 pages of amazing-sounded recipes! They vary in terms of method of preparation, origin, meal type, meal size, cooking time, what food items they focus on - it's simply a wealth of options, and almost every one fits on a single page for ease of reading! I know I'll be trying out some of these. I've been vegetarian my entire life, and vegan for over a year now, and I'm happy to have finally caught up with this wonderful book that supports the intentions of my decision, backs it up with science, conveys all the information in a warm tone, and gives me ideas for the future. Time to go read Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet that she wrote with her daughter!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    What Lappe is really after is a critique of power—who controls the farming apparatus of the US, who dedicates exports to industrial countries rather than the third world, what hungry people have to choose from when grain stocks go to animals instead of people. This critique ties together the left’s emerging ecological imagination of the 1970s with an emerging sense of global trade and global responsibility. “If our food is not getting to the hungry, if our food exports actually prop up some of t What Lappe is really after is a critique of power—who controls the farming apparatus of the US, who dedicates exports to industrial countries rather than the third world, what hungry people have to choose from when grain stocks go to animals instead of people. This critique ties together the left’s emerging ecological imagination of the 1970s with an emerging sense of global trade and global responsibility. “If our food is not getting to the hungry, if our food exports actually prop up some of the world’s most repressive governments, then why exhort Americans to feed less grain to livestock?” (65) The fact that Lappe was lodging such a cogent critique of industrial agriculture was lost in her more nutritionally-oriented recommendations, specifically her concept of protein complementarity. What she wants to talk about how resources are developed and allocated in our food supply, but she ends up undermining herself by focusing so much on the consumer—and yet that is where so much of the change can actually be made. She points to the US’s desire to “export the steak religion” by making more international markets for meat, yet it is exactly in traditional international diets where we can see her protein complementarity argument to be most valid. If cultures around the world have only marginal meat consumption traditionally, then how do we import that logic back to the US? This is perhaps attainable in Lappe’s microcosm of Berkeley (and she provides excellent references to/appendices of resources for people who want to take part in this broader societal change), but she doesn’t actually do much to talk about how we unmake the toxic American culture that then feeds the broader industrialized food system.

  18. 5 out of 5

    kate

    One more from the Steve Jobs' reading list. In some ways this book is dated, in other ways it is a natural prologue for 'omnivore's dilemma' and andrew weil. I do not believe in the word 'diet'. Deprivation results in binging, moodiness and an unrealistic approach to something at the centre of one's life: food and health. The author is concerned with world hunger, I am more concerned with the small planet, but an informative book. Being vegetarian or vegan is trendy now, but is falling short of cha One more from the Steve Jobs' reading list. In some ways this book is dated, in other ways it is a natural prologue for 'omnivore's dilemma' and andrew weil. I do not believe in the word 'diet'. Deprivation results in binging, moodiness and an unrealistic approach to something at the centre of one's life: food and health. The author is concerned with world hunger, I am more concerned with the small planet, but an informative book. Being vegetarian or vegan is trendy now, but is falling short of changing our culture and consumption on a mass scale. I have noticed a 'vast right-wing veganspiracy' in advertising, tv and movies lately. However, like the word diet, I do not know if hysterical "soylent green and meat is people!!" camera angles and shots can seed into altered lives, or if it will lead to an opposing counterproductive reaction from average, everyday people. Like how all those "old white guy" and "white people" jokes backfired into a Trump presidency. Jung called it enantiodromia - a shadow racing towards its opposite when pressures are heightened. Earth demands transcendence. Beyond anderson cooper specials about trans bathrooms....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Admittedly not what I was expecting. I'm sort of sad she updated the book from the original because it seemed she was on a more political bent (which is fine) but I wasn't sure how she was connecting this new stuff to the fact that we should eat less meat and have a diet to save the planet. It was a very loose thread if you ask me. I got tired of the references to the original version. I was equally surprised that she made her case, but then included a great deal of dairy in her recipes. This ju Admittedly not what I was expecting. I'm sort of sad she updated the book from the original because it seemed she was on a more political bent (which is fine) but I wasn't sure how she was connecting this new stuff to the fact that we should eat less meat and have a diet to save the planet. It was a very loose thread if you ask me. I got tired of the references to the original version. I was equally surprised that she made her case, but then included a great deal of dairy in her recipes. This just seemed to go against the updated portions of the book as it pretty much made a case for keeping cows on mass farms even though she stated earlier it was a waste of resources. Good read, but I think rather than updating DfaSP, she could have just written another book, a sequel if you please. All the same, I would recommend it to a friend and it has me thinking deeply about the human side of vegetarianism/veganism (even though Lappe herself does not endorse either).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Oksana Oriekhova

    The best part of this book for me was not the suggested diet for Americans in particular even though I totally agree that all of us should reduce or even eliminate the meat intake especially beef since the beef production is such a great burden for cattle themselves, environment and human health, but the concept introduced such as “living democracy”. The situation of power concentration in the hands of a few is actual as ever and this gap continues to widen. As a result, most of the people do no The best part of this book for me was not the suggested diet for Americans in particular even though I totally agree that all of us should reduce or even eliminate the meat intake especially beef since the beef production is such a great burden for cattle themselves, environment and human health, but the concept introduced such as “living democracy”. The situation of power concentration in the hands of a few is actual as ever and this gap continues to widen. As a result, most of the people do not dare to give their voice since there is always a thought that everything is already decided for all of us we want it or not. The version of the book I read is 1991, which was written almost 30 years ago. But things have not significantly changed, most of those outlined by the author have become even worse. So, the point is to take responsibility for our own actions, especially when we talk about what is on our plate.

  21. 4 out of 5

    April Dickinson

    The overarching themes are possibly even more relevant today, but unfortunately, much of the facts and figures were way out of date. I mostly skimmed this one. The most powerful messages were: 1) more than 50% of the grain and acreage for producing grain is to feed livestock (makes no damn sense), 2) the US food industry is not designed to feed people, but instead to generate profit for a very small percentage of people, 3) the cost of agriculture is so highly manipulated and arbitrary that is d The overarching themes are possibly even more relevant today, but unfortunately, much of the facts and figures were way out of date. I mostly skimmed this one. The most powerful messages were: 1) more than 50% of the grain and acreage for producing grain is to feed livestock (makes no damn sense), 2) the US food industry is not designed to feed people, but instead to generate profit for a very small percentage of people, 3) the cost of agriculture is so highly manipulated and arbitrary that is does not reflect the true costs (subsidies, water table loss, soil erosion, importation of non-renewable sources of fertilizer, etc), and 4) a change in the food system requires a democratization of the system.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emmett Nolan

    I recently finished reading the 20th anniversary edition from my local library. As other reviewers have said, reading in chronological order causes you to have to read through the authors' life story. As for the main book, I found it to be very informative on the economic and environmental affects of meat production. However, I did wish that it also discussed some of the moral reasons for vegetarianism. It also contained a lot of information on the recent negative changes in the American diet an I recently finished reading the 20th anniversary edition from my local library. As other reviewers have said, reading in chronological order causes you to have to read through the authors' life story. As for the main book, I found it to be very informative on the economic and environmental affects of meat production. However, I did wish that it also discussed some of the moral reasons for vegetarianism. It also contained a lot of information on the recent negative changes in the American diet and their affect on their body, and how to have a good and healthy diet, which doesn't come as a big surprise given the title. Overall, I would recommend this book only if you're interested in reading about these topics.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Josip

    The whole point is really intriguing and simple. The book is about the revolution of eating more vegetables and less meat that started in the States in the 1970s. I like the way the author represents her ideas, it's just that there is too much of the author's personal life, which makes the book kind of unprofessional and the tips lose their value. When writing a book like this, where you want to innovate or present something new to the world, I believe there should be decent research and clear f The whole point is really intriguing and simple. The book is about the revolution of eating more vegetables and less meat that started in the States in the 1970s. I like the way the author represents her ideas, it's just that there is too much of the author's personal life, which makes the book kind of unprofessional and the tips lose their value. When writing a book like this, where you want to innovate or present something new to the world, I believe there should be decent research and clear facts given (which are missing a lot of times). Overall, classic book to read for those of you that do not know anything about vegetable diet, why eating too much meat hurts the environment and our body, etc.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Belinda Vidal

    First published in the 70's. Most of these stats are from the early 90's when the revised edition was released. I dread to think what some of those numbers are now in 2019. Some ideas in this book I had never even considered, such as tube wells in a Bangladeshi village designed to benefit the poorest farmers becoming property of the villages richest landlord and other such examples of misused power from aid. I'd like to think a lot has changed in the time from when the book was first revised, ho First published in the 70's. Most of these stats are from the early 90's when the revised edition was released. I dread to think what some of those numbers are now in 2019. Some ideas in this book I had never even considered, such as tube wells in a Bangladeshi village designed to benefit the poorest farmers becoming property of the villages richest landlord and other such examples of misused power from aid. I'd like to think a lot has changed in the time from when the book was first revised, however if anything I think probably an even bigger poverty gap. Would like a more recent update on some topics covered, but this is a very interesting read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Umi

    Having taken AP environmental science in Southern California forty years after this book’s initial publication meant that I was familiar with most of the facts and figures already, but the writer’s actual path to writing the book and her descriptions of her process and activist work were really interesting and inspiring to me. The recipes are a little too soy- and dairy-centric for me but they made me really nostalgic for the 70s-style vegetarian restaurants (rip The Good Earth) of my youth. And, Having taken AP environmental science in Southern California forty years after this book’s initial publication meant that I was familiar with most of the facts and figures already, but the writer’s actual path to writing the book and her descriptions of her process and activist work were really interesting and inspiring to me. The recipes are a little too soy- and dairy-centric for me but they made me really nostalgic for the 70s-style vegetarian restaurants (rip The Good Earth) of my youth. And, yeah, after seven years of burger bonanza, I’m probably going vegetarian again.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily Braaten

    Having read the 20th Anniversary edition of this book, it's not clear to me what chapters were part of the original and what writing was added in this edition. I appreciate the author pointing to ineffective food policy as a driver of inequity; nationally (and globally) we have so many resources, but wealth gaps continue to grow. However, recommending activism through one's food purchases remains inaccessible for people living in food deserts, juggling multiple jobs, caring for others, etc. Ther Having read the 20th Anniversary edition of this book, it's not clear to me what chapters were part of the original and what writing was added in this edition. I appreciate the author pointing to ineffective food policy as a driver of inequity; nationally (and globally) we have so many resources, but wealth gaps continue to grow. However, recommending activism through one's food purchases remains inaccessible for people living in food deserts, juggling multiple jobs, caring for others, etc. There was no acknowledgement that to shop with higher guiding principles in mind is a privilege.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    A lot of new vegetarians today understand that eating low on the food chain is best for the planet, but many do not seem well versed in how to eat vegetarian and get all of their nutrition. Any diet that eliminates food groups can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can lead to health problems. I found "Diet for a Small Planet" good at covering all aspects of vegetarianism. A classic read. A lot of new vegetarians today understand that eating low on the food chain is best for the planet, but many do not seem well versed in how to eat vegetarian and get all of their nutrition. Any diet that eliminates food groups can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can lead to health problems. I found "Diet for a Small Planet" good at covering all aspects of vegetarianism. A classic read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    My very first vegetarian cookbook! It's all gotten a lot simpler since then. Ms. Lappe' was all scientific about getting enough of the right proteins as a vegetarian, and these days the experts just tell us to eat a colorful meal, as many colors as you can put on the plate even. For a first book it was inspirational. My very first vegetarian cookbook! It's all gotten a lot simpler since then. Ms. Lappe' was all scientific about getting enough of the right proteins as a vegetarian, and these days the experts just tell us to eat a colorful meal, as many colors as you can put on the plate even. For a first book it was inspirational.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I was given the first version by an aunt who was vegetarian and read it cover-to-cover, and later used it as a guidebook for my forays into vegetarianism. I revisited this, the updated version some years after it was published, and still found it useful, not just for the recipes, but for the science and philosophy behind it. Some cookbooks are just for reference. This one is for reading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I read this back in the 1970's and loved it, she was one of the earliest people to consider the cost of feeding grain to animals so we can eat more meat and the benefits of a meat-free diet. She looks at the economics of the food supply. I thought the newer edition would be more up-to-date, but this was quite dated. I read this back in the 1970's and loved it, she was one of the earliest people to consider the cost of feeding grain to animals so we can eat more meat and the benefits of a meat-free diet. She looks at the economics of the food supply. I thought the newer edition would be more up-to-date, but this was quite dated.

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