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Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes and Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon Lifestyle Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2009
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I also enjoyed the clever little tips throughout the book that make reading it interesting and enjoyable. Plus, leaving no stone unturned, the book was printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks. I highly recommend you buy this book and see for yourself!
Still, once I learned to use it, I found some recipes I'll probably try. It's divided into sections - spring, summer, autumn, winter, and any-time recipes, with each of these sections subdivided by type of recipe. Each section offers what seems to me to be way too many snacks, dips, salads, desserts, drinks, etc., for the number of soups (maybe 2) and entrees (3-5 meat fish or poultry, maybe the same number vegetarian). But that's because it doesn't fit the way my family eats - and entrees and soups are the first things I look for in a cookbook.
If you're looking for recipes for appetizers and salads and drinks and such, this book would probably be a good choice for you. But if you're seeking more recipes for entrees and soups that are good for you and not all that bad for the planet, IMHO Sandra Woodruff's The Good Carb Cookbook : Secrets of Eating Low on the Glycemic Index and the Manning & Desmond Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet are better choices.
Greenwashing (a compound word modelled on "whitewash"), is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly. (via the dictionary).
Some of the clues. It has a lot of recipes that involve tropical fruits. As the author lives in New York City, and I live in New York State (a.k.a. Upstate NY) we should share a similar type of local foods. Instead starfruit, papaya, etc are called on a lot. She preaches about eating locally in the beginning of the book, but in no way do most of her recipes conform to it.
It also advocates a heavy helping of meat and animal products (such as dairy) while also saying in the preface that these are some of the most environmentally devastating products and how we should all eat meat one day less a week.
I could literally go on with dozens of these conflicts between the teaching and the practice, but I think you get the idea.
So if you really want some tasty recipes and don't actually care about the environmental impact of them, get this book.
If you do want to save the Earth, get a vegetarian cookbook and grow our own food. Buy local and seasonally (again this book recommends that and then does not seem to practice it) and read the tons of information, or watch one of the many movies out there, those things will get you much closer to an environmentally friendly lifestyle and eating habits.
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Not into the green movement, don't know why I bought this.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought this was an interesting concept for a cookbook, especially since I am already very aware of reducing my carbon footprint in whatever ways possible. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Geraldine
NOT what I thought it was going to be.Mostly healthy recipes and i thought the recipes where not simple .Would not recommend!Published on June 19, 2014 by Connie Hammond
The recipes where nothing new but the book is full of interesting facts and information to pass on while you are standing on your soap box.Published on October 15, 2013 by Thistle Hill
I was pleasantly surprised to see not only recipes but all sorts of ways we could reduce our negative impact on the planet. An interesting and informative book.Published on August 21, 2013 by Paula
It was not the cookbook I thought I was ordering. There are no pictures and I don't like cookbooks that don't have pictures.Published on February 23, 2013 by Sharon Bevis
I need to return It was the wrong cookbook. I thought it was The Big Green Egg cookbook. It was not at all what I was looking for.Published on January 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I should have looked at this closer before I bought it. I was just buying several cookbooks with recipes for the Big Green Egg. Actually I want to leave a large carbon footprint.Published on November 29, 2012 by Jon
The Big Green Cookbook should be in everyone's kitchen. I have hundreds of cookbooks and this is one of my favorites! Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD