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Diet for a Small Planet (20th Anniversary Edition) Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1985
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Here again is the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating-- one that remains a complete guide for eating well in the 90s. Featuring: simple rules for a healthy diet; a streamlined, easy-to-use format; delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat; hundreds of wonderful recipes, and much more.
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Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of many books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment. Beginning with the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet in 1971, her books include Democracy’s Edge, Getting a Grip (in two editions), EcoMind, and World Hunger: 10 Myths.
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For me, these are essentially peripheral and miss the point. I have spent most of my professional life concerned with trying to improve people's conditions in developing countries. So what resonated with me was the theme that America's devotion to excess protein has severe adverse implications not just for how the rest of the world eats but also on much broader issues such as food security, international trade and balance of payments.
Of course, it would be comforting to be sure that the author's statements are rigorous and based on fact (I'm an engineer, and we prefer to avoid vague assertions) . But ultimately whether, for example, protein complementarity is valid is of less importance than the general principle that we need to eat lower down the food chain, and that there are excellent ways of doing so without necessarily becoming a complete vegetarian. The 20th Edition is now itself over 20 years old, and doubtless outdated in many ways, but it serves to spark inquiry and debate about a very important subject - and along the way provides some recipes well worth exploring!