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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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'...a kitchen essential for all eco conscious foodies'. (Ecologist.com, June 2011).

About the Author

Jackie Newgent, RD, is a registered dietitian and cookbook author who contributes to Glamour, Weight Watchers, Prevention, and other national publications. She appears frequently as a culinary, nutrition, and health expert on television and radio. The author of the award-winning The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook, Newgent is also an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Her Web sites are biggreencookbook.com and jackienewgent.com. Check out biggreencookbook.com for recipe photos and to learn more about cooking green.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470404493
  • ASIN: B0031569J2
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,703,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this to be a really thoughtful and straightforward guide to a greener lifestyle. I like how the recipes are easy-to-follow and don't require a ton of ingredients and the text is printed large enough that you don't have to crank your neck to read it when you're following a recipe in your kitchen.
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!
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I absolutely LOVE Big Green Cookbook! Not only does it have tasty recipes, but it is so full of useful tips and great information. We all need to be paying closer attention to the planet and our personal carbon footprint. This cookbook is a wonderful place to start to learn how to change how we eat to be more eco-friendly. Love it!
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I just purchased this cookbook a few weeks ago and couldn't be happier with my decision! Jackie Newgent's twenty-seven clever tips for low-carbon cooking are truly innovative and have helped me lower my energy bill quite significantly. I really appreciate her common-sense approach to cooking and living an eco-friendly lifestyle--plus, her recipes are delicious!!
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I bought this along with four other cookbooks, looking for ways we could eat healthier, and think I might find it more useful if I had access to a large farmer's market, or a well-stocked market with a good organic produce section. But I don't. Eating locally for me means seeing what's available here and then seeking out a recipe to cook it, and I'm usually better off with my big old-fashioned cookbooks (which offer me some choices) than I am with this book.

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.
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I love the concept of this cookbook--and appreciate how it's divided up by seasons. It's great for people like me and my family who aren't vegetarians but want to eat better and greener. There are so so many really clever ideas in the book. I especially like Jackie Newgent's "lid cooking" idea with pasta; it totally works--and saves energy! But the best part is the recipes. My family and friends keep requesting that I make several of them again and again, especially the Hass Avocado-Black Bean Salad, Baby Arugula Orzo Salad, Sweet and Savory Organic Meatballs, Submarine Wrap, and Happy Planet Chocolate Chip Cookies. So delicious! I highly recommend this cookbook.
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Although the recipes are fine and the few I have made taste good, this cookbook is in no way "green" and in fact is a good example of "green washing."

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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