Monday, June 14, 2021

The Low-Carbon Cookbook Reduce Food Waste and Combat Climate Change with 140 Sustainable Plant-Based Recipes


The Low-Carbon Cookbook is a philosophical look at climate change and reducing readers' carbon footprint by incorporating more local foods and adopting a plant based diet. Released 8th June 2021 by Penguin Random House on their DK imprint, it's 260 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats. 

This is an expository monograph on climate change with recipes. The emphasis is on local food, reducing food waste, and choosing plant based foods over animal based. About 25% of the content includes information on climate change, what a low-carbon diet and lifestyle encompass, and an action plan for making changes. The following chapters include the recipes arranged thematically: breakfast, small bites, salads, sides, soups & stews, main dishes, beverages, desserts, sauces dips pickles & more, and some info on meal planning and make-ahead dishes. 

Recipes include a description, ingredients in a bullet list sidebar (measurements are given in US standard with metric in parentheses (yay!)), followed by step-by-step prep instructions. Tips and alternative presentations are provided in footers at the end of each recipe. Nutritional info is not provided. Ingredients will be mostly easy to source locally for most of North America. Many of the recipes are quite appealing and are inspired by a wide variety of world cuisines. Roughly 25% of the recipes have photos. Serving suggestions and food styling are appealing and appropriate. I wish there were more photos since many of the recipes are somewhat complex (for me) and I like seeing what recipes "should" look like before I get overwhelmed.

Four stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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