Diet for a Changing Climate: Food for Thought

128p. bibliog. diag. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Oct. 2018. Tr $37.32. ISBN 9781512481211.
Gr 7 Up—In an easy-to-digest format, the authors present the myriad alternative food choices, from weeds to insects, that are readily available, and the consumption of which could have a restorative impact on the planet. Colorful photographs allow readers to identify various weeds presented, including dandelions, pineapple weed, lamb's quarters, and purslane, many of which have a long history of being used in recipes. Tips for foraging these edibles encourage safety, and sources for identification are included in the text as well as in the bibliography. Invasive wild life, such as wild boars, iguanas, and various species of fish, are presented as viable food sources to help balance ecosystems. The authors introduce a number of people who have embraced these culinary alternatives, which establishes the book as more than a theory. Recipes are also included to encourage readers to try some of the ingredients presented; wild and weedy quiche, pickled purslane, and how to cook a cricket. An extensive glossary, bibliography, and related websites give potential chefs knowledge of alternative foods, where to find them, and how to prepare them.
VERDICT A great resource for those exploring environmental issues and seeking ways to combat climate change.

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