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Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Protest Kitchen is an empowering guide to the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time.

Our food choices have much more of an impact than most people imagine. They not only affect our personal health and the environment, but are also tied to issues of justice, misogyny, national security, and human rig
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Red Wheel (first published 2018)
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Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
recommended for: (almost) all human readers, adults and some older teens and even some younger teens, though see caveat at the bottom of this review

I’m a huge fan of these two authors, as vegan & intersectional activists and as people. I’m so glad that this vegan book is not only vegan but also intersectional. It addresses how our food choices can address not only our own health and the rights of animals but also the environment/climate change, and human rights, and also issues such as misogyny,
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: foodie, read2018
The title is great, but this is really just another vegan manifesto. If you've read enough about factory farms already, I'm not sure you need this book. It speaks extensively on using alternate milks, but includes almond milk, and when it gets to the water chapter never bothers mentioning the amount of water almonds take to produce. Environmentalists who are actually environmentalists know that the almond crops in California are having a direct and negative impact. So call me skeptical if a book ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chances are, you know someone whose awareness of justice and environmental issues has been piqued by the current political climate. Maybe s/he is a radical retiree who is finding their protest sea-legs again, or a young person who has begun taking stock of how the current way of doing things might jeopardize their future.

And while these folks are getting out the vote, mobilizing against climate change, and resisting the values of Trump, there’s a very good chance they’re supporting—and even defe
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I became a vegetarian again two years ago and I hadn't looked back. But Protest Kitchen is just the push I have been looking for to move toward veganism. Chapter by chapter, Adams and Messina present information that will make anyone interested in justice and humanity reconsider a diet of meat and animal products. Better yet, they offer recipes and cooking tips that make a transition to a vegan diet easy. From the first recipe I tried, Simple Stewed Pinto Beans and Collard Greens with Tahini Dri ...more
A great resource for those who are feeling overwhelmed by politics and looking for ways to produce a meaningful impact at every meal. This book is packed with real-life, daily actions for combating climate change, social injustice, and human and animal cruelty. A must-read for progressives, vegan or not.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading books about healthy food choices, especially ones that promote being vegetarian/vegan. This book was no exception. Although it sometimes felt that the political analogies the authors used to promote making empowered food choices were a little forced - perhaps just a way to make sure they were able to discuss their political agenda. Beyond that though, this was an enjoyable read that reinforced eating a healthy plant-based diet for ourselves, our fellow humans and animals, ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! I love eating food and resisting oppression 😜

The recipes are simple and tasty. And the info and practical daily actions are empowering!

For long-time vegans, some of the info is old news, but I found lots of good info that I had forgotten or um, “forgotten” like how child slavery is used by African farmers to supply us with cheap chocolate. I downloaded the app suggested and made a vow to only buy good chocolate from now on!
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I've been following @iyeloveslife on Instagram and I applaud her activism regarding social justice and veganism and it made this title jump out to me.

One of the most disheartening things I hear from vegans experiencing compassion fatigue is that they start feeling overwhelmed by all the injustice done to animals and start to harden towards humans to a certain degree. For the most part, I've seen vegans at the forefront of progressive social issues... but sometimes the messaging has
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Protest Kitchen is a book that I immediately wanted to like. As a member of the Food Ethics Council, encouraging producers and consumers to take a more consciously ethical approach to their food, the subtitle “Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time” was instantly appealing. And it comes with recipes! A social and environmental justice manifesto, a 30-day plan, and 50 recipes, all rolled up together. What’s not to love about that? The authors have impressive ...more
John Brownlow
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not a cookbook, although there are some vegan recipes in it; it's an interesting look at how food, a central element in all our lives, is inextricably linked to many social justice issues. It's thought-provoking and well worth a read whether you are vegan, or thinking of going vegan, or not and if you want to understand how our food choices have wider consequences. ...more
Jim Thompson
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This is probably better than the three stars I'm giving it. It was a perfectly nice book but didn't do a lot for me.

I won't say it didn't do anything at all. There's good stuff in here, and some of it was good to see, good to read through.

The authors-- both of whom I have read before, but neither of whom I have read a whole lot-- present veganism as part of a sort of intersectional way of life. They connect it-- legitimately-- to misogyny, racism, class struggle, environmentalism, while also m
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
"Animals are crowded.
Animals are deprived of the outdoors.
Animals are denied food.
Animals live with low unnatural light.
Animals may live in their own waste."

"Replacing animal food with plants is the most effective dietary change you can make for the health of the planet."

"We have the opportunity to consume in a way that lightens the burden of global warming for the rest of the world."

"One tablespoon pf flaxseed powder with three tablespoons of water can be an egg substitute."

"Through daily tas
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm not going vegan after reading this book. However, what it accomplishes is making the reader more mindful of their food choices and how food is political at various levels. Some of the reasons to switch to veganism are a bit of a stretch. My takeaway is that maybe I can largely remove meat from my diet (difficult because a number of my favorite dishes to make are meat-oriented) and help lead to an impact on farming that contributes to greenhouse gasses, mistreats animals to keep up with high ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to see Carol Adams speak about this book a couple of months ago, and she and the book both radiate so much positive energy about veganism. No preaching or shocking cruelty to unveil in here! Just gentle affirmation of your desire to do right by the world around you and how our diets can be a simple way to make positive change when things can otherwise seem so overwhelming. The recipes look delicious and simple, too. I particularly appreciated the inclusion of a chapter on self ...more
Dani Scott
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're considering going vegan, or even vegetarian, this is a perfect book to give you momentum. The recipes are simple and yummy, but more importantly, at least for me, are the clear, well-researched chapter starts where the authors describe the link between what we eat and social ills. I am a vegetarian and have been considering veganism for a long time. This book cinched it for me. Really glad I picked it up! ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of potential but it’s mainly a collection of simplistic vegan propaganda. The transition between topics is abrupt and choppy, arguments aren’t fully made, counter arguments aren’t addressed, and the authors are a little too passionate (vitriolic) in their platform for veganism.

That being said, the recipes sound delicious and the recommended resources are a valuable guide. However, you could do your own research and stumble across them.
Nital Jethalal
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
While there's a lot of basic material in here that already-veg people may find redundant, this book is written well and concisely and its lens of looking at food consumption through lens of colonial history is particularly helpful for illustrating the broader point that food choices are not strictly personal. There's a much broader system to consider. ...more
Lina Jerina Ljubojević
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to anyone that needs a fresh and innovative view on vegan diet. I liked how the book explored intersting aspects of plant based diet, from the impact veganism has on gender relations, racism and mental health, alongside the more obvious relations betwen vegan diet and environemntal issues or human health.
Suzanne GT
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love this manifesto for protecting the earth, animals, vulnerable populations and our sense of ourselves as compassionate beings. Wish there were a few more recipes but appreciate the many helpful tables, charts, and suggestions that help the reader make the transition to a vegan diet.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good beginner’s why-to on going vegan and what your dinner has to do with being an activist.

Audiobook. Unfortunately there seem to be a lot of visual elements and a reference section—I’ll get a print copy from the library at some point.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
borrowed from the library, good resource - I would like to own this book someday
Natalie Cartledge
Must have book for activists!

I love Carol Adams' books and this by far is her best one for these turbulent times! Excellent as always!
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fic
Subtitle says it all! Plus great recipes.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very informative and inspiring book. I learned a ton!

Nancy Currie
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eye opening. A good book. Lots of food for thought.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Veganism as activism. Great book for vegan noobs, otherwise a nice gift for would-be-herbivores needing context.
Alyson Fortowsky
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A great overview of how vegan cooking can act as resistance against populist politics.
Shannon Schmoll
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I think it brings up some good points, but I don't feel like they are fully fleshed out in this book. The tips for being vegan are helpful though. ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable, informative, thought provoking discussions of living one's values daily. Delicious, easy recipes. ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Comprehensive and really useful!
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Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegetarian theorist and author of books on eco-feminism and the links between species oppression and gender oppression.

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“Adopting a vegan diet brings your choices and actions in line with those same beliefs that underlie a commitment to resisting regressive politics: generosity, compassion, and a commitment to justice and fairness. By acting in a way that reflects your values and what you believe, you relieve the cognitive dissonance that can make stress and depression worse.” 2 likes
“Our lives are a meaningful stand against injustice, and we can make meaningful choices every day. Your food choices are far more powerful than you imagine. Veganism offers a daily way to enact your values while helping to protect the environment and enhance your health. It becomes a daily reminder that change is possible.

Social change is not just something we must work for; it’s something that constantly asks us to change.”
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