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Food Is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World--80+ Recipes for a Greener Planet and a Healthier You

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"This book is full of recipes that are good to eat and good for the earth. Check it out." -Ellen DeGeneres

In Food Is the Solution, Matthew Prescott, Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society and a leader in the environmental food movement, shows how our plates have the power to heal the world. This lavishly designed resource and recipe collection shows how anyone
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Flatiron Books
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❀ Susan G
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In and effort to eat healthier, I am challenging myself to go meatless for the remainder of April.  In doing so, I borrowed Food is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World from the library to learn more about the impact of a plant-based diet and to get some meal ideas.  I enjoyed this book and especially love being the first to check out a brand new book!

This book was insightful and while it shared some daunting facts about factory farming, green house gases and the energy used to produce me
Denver Public Library
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dodie, cooking
Matthew Prescott, Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society and a leader in the environmental food movement, shows how our plates have the power to heal the world. This lavishly illustrated guide and cookbook includes over 80 recipes, most quite simple and all focused on using local and sustainable ingredients. Prescott opens with an examination of current growing, harvesting and production practices and how these are impacting the planet, along with input from food environmentalists an ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, this definitely reconfirmed for me the desire to be mostly vegan. I originally went vegetarian for a combination of health and Temple Grandin book reasons (her book was just the final straw for me and I was no longer able to overlook how poorly animals in CAFOs are treated), but this one has bumped the environmental factors up there just as high.

The recipes...I dunno. There are certainly a few I’d like to try (kugel, kugel, kugel!!!), but most of them are I guess just not to my taste. Gre
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The first half of this book discusses the environmental impact of animal agriculture in a really easily digestible way, and I enjoyed it a lot. The second half is full of recipes, and I found these really lacking. They rely very heavily on "vegan meats" - many recipes simply calling for "vegan chicken tenders" or similar products. I'm not against these products by any means, but I don't enjoy many of them, and I'd much rather eat vegan food that isn't pretending to be meat. ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbook
For a book focused on saving the world and creating a greener planet, it emphasizes the foods that require ridiculous resources to make (almond milk) and have a massive carbon footprint to get to the US. So many recipes depended on produce that have no connection with local produce possibilities that we didn't bother. Really disappointing. ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read with fantastic recipes I really want to try/plan on trying!
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Convincing photos and argument for going vegan plus some great recipes.
Brenda Williams
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for new vegans and established vegans as well. It really solidified my reasoning to become vegan a few years ago. Read it and you will change your mind about what you eat and how we are slowly killing ourselves and our planet. Highly recommend this book for everyone!
Patrick Derksen
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an ideological book as much as a recipe book. I’m the target audience too: someone who loves their meat, dairy, etc. I appreciate that, although Prescott’s agenda is clear, the voice is (usually) patient and respectful. The book is also thoroughly sourced and includes various voices. After reading it, I’m pretty convinced that our eating habits are unsustainable, but I can make a difference.
Candis Joyce
The one thing I appreciated about this book is the description of factory farms or Concentrated or Confined Animal Feeding Operations - CAFO’s for short. I knew it wasn't good but I have a better understanding of the issues involved now. ...more
Susan Le
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first part that discusses the environmental impacts of the meat industry is super interesting and eye opening. The recipes I think could be more exciting.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I skim read this until the recipes. I think it's approach was great; Prescott picked and arranged the chapters so they would really make an impact. Also, his string of A list celebrities sharing their stories was fascinating. Prescott footnotes every fact which, as a science-loving person, I really appreciated. This book is all about saving the environment and I love it! A lot of plant-based books cover it all; the environment, animal welfare, and health... or just singularly the latter two, but ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had pretty pictures and drew attention to this issue. It also makes an effort to let people know that all change is good, and the author doesn't expect everyone to be vegetarian or vegan (though I bet he would strongly prefer this). However, I was put off by James Cameron's comment in the foreword that going vegan was easier than he and his wife thought it would be. Yes, it probably is easier if you have a lot of money. It also depends, to some extent, where you live, even in North America. I ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started following a plant-based diet for my health. Now I see how we need to eat this way for the health of the planet. My eyes were opened regarding the effects of factory farming on the environment, from deforestation, to animal waste in our water supply, to hazardous air we breathe, to climate change to name just a few. Each of the chapters in the “Our Planet”section of the book ends with a bulleted list of major points of the environmental impacts of reliance on animal agriculture for the ...more
Jul 07, 2020 added it
Really good start to my journey to incorporate more plant based foods and recipes into my everyday diet. There were a ton of recipes that I am really excited to try out (eventually). I will say that there were some small formatting issues that I had, including that some recipes didn’t have pictures but instead had a gigantic sized font with a quote from a well known celebrity. It seemed weird to be talking about eco friendly solutions, but having a book where there was just an ungodly amount of ...more
Anna Lowrance
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this and have tried a few of the recipes! I am not a vegan but am interested in decreasing my animal product intake. One thing I did not like about this book is that most recipes require a good bit of skill off the bat, and a lot of them take longer than an hour to prepare. One of my biggest struggles with eating a more plant based diet is the time required to create fun recipes, and this definitely does not solve that problem. This book also recommends so many faux-meat, soy base ...more
Kat Lahr
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, a beautifully produced cookbook with great recipes that also teaches us about how our food choices affect the planet... A must read for those looking to learn more about why so many of us are choosing veganism, and it's role in activism towards environmental health, and respect for all living things. For example, for those of you who eat bacon, know that you are supporting a female pig stuck in a cage the size of it's body for it's entire life, unable to turn around, looked at as a machibe ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted this book to be an in depth look at regenerative food choices and ways of looking forward through food. Instead it was mostly about the evils of the current food industry, at about the level that vegetarian girl in middle school would tell you - informative and impassioned, but not in depth or integrated. The second half of the book is recipes and they didn't really add much. If you're interested in this subject, I'd watch a documentary or read a cooking blog instead of reading this. ...more
Chris Worthy
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book - This is the book to read if you are considering a vegan diet because you are concerned about reducing your carbon footprint and making a very real and positive impact on the environment. The recipes are vegan but not WFPB, but they do seem modifiable. Plus, it's just a beautiful book that brings in a chorus of voices to speak about the environmental issues that could be solved simply by food. ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very effective presentation of how animal agriculture of any sort has a huge detrimental impact on the environment, our health, and is a major contributor to green house gases.

The recipes are delicious, I’ve already tried quite a few of them!
Donna Ciccarelli
A must-read for anyone who truly wants to help our planet get back on the right track and to also improve their own health. Lots of good recipes for plant-based dishes as well.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An inspiring and honest look at the ecologically harmful food production industry while offering hope and practical ideas.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Couple good recipes but overall not that great. Didn't read the book just checked out the recipes. Lemongrass coconut curry was delicious. ...more
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