Don’t Cook the Planet by Emily Abrams

updated May 2, 2019
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The angle: Eating well and helping the planet don’t have to be a trade-off!

Recipes for right now: Chilled English Pea Soup, Hickory Hill Deviled Eggs, Kale Caesar, Spinach Soufflé, Spring Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, Buttermilk Chicken, Artichoke Risotto, Pasta with Ham and Peas, Lavender Butter Cookies

Who would enjoy this book? Parents teaching kids about environmental-awareness, cooks subscribed to CSAs, fans of celebrity chef recipes

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Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Emily Abrams

Who published it: Triumph Books

Number of recipes: 70

Other highlights: Happy Earth Day! Say hello to Emily Abrams — this young lady is on a mission to change the environment, starting with our food choices. In this book, she’s invited celebrities from Alice Waters and Michael Pollan to Chevy Chase and Senator John Tester to contribute to a unique collection of ingredient-conscious recipes. All of the proceeds from this book go to non-profit organizations working toward environmental causes.

The recipes might come from chefs, but they are squarely in our camp as home cooks. With farmers markets starting to open and fresh produce finally coming in, this will be a good cookbook to have on hand.

I also appreciate the integration of environmentally-focused essays, infographics, and side-notes that accompany the recipes. They are useful for learning more about key environment issues and making more educated food choices as we shop for ingredients. I could also definitely see cooking from this book along with an enthusiastic young family member — the recipes are easy enough to help teach basic cooking skills along with lessons on sustainability.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Don’t Cook the Planet by Emily Abrams

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