I’m excited to announce that my new book, The Zero-Waste Chef: Plant-Forward Recipes and Tips for a Sustainable Kitchen and Planet, is here!
In it, I outline strategies for reducing plastic, packaging and food waste, from shopping, to cooking methods, to storing food in order to make that food last so you can buy less of it.
The book includes 75 recipes for cooking with every last bit of your food, creating fermented staples, and making highly adaptable dishes that will help you use up all of your groceries before they have any chance of becoming waste (plus end-of-recipe tips on what to do with your leftover ingredients next).
I started down this road in 2011 because, after reading about plastic swirling around in our oceans and harming wildlife, I simply wanted off of the stuff. I had no idea that in my small attempt to tread a little lighter on the planet, I would also benefit! By replacing single-use items (like plastic wrap to cover a bowl of leftovers) with reusable items (like a plate to cover a bowl of leftovers), and eliminating food waste, I saved money. I stopped eating all highly processed food and began eating more whole foods, which improved my health. And just as importantly (I believe), thanks to this journey, my food tasted better.
But that journey had many bumps along the way. I hope that my book not only helps readers have a smoother trip on the road to more sustainable living but also sparks lots of ideas along the way. And zero-waste living is a journey, not a destination. You never actually reach that elusive zero and that’s just fine. A small number of people doing zero-waste perfectly will have a small impact—millions doing it imperfectly will transform the world.
If you haven’t already, you can head to my book page here or to your favorite retailer’s website to grab your copy of The Zero-Waste Chef today.
When your book arrives, I’d love to see a picture of it! Please tag me on Instagram @ZeroWasteChef and use the book’s official hashtag—#ZeroWasteChefCookbook. I’ll share as many posts as I can in my Stories. I’d also love to see what you cook or what riffs you come up with.
If you love the cookbook, please consider reviewing it on Amazon (reviews improve the searchability and help more people find out about the book), your favorite retailer, or Goodreads. (You can literally just copy and paste your retailer review to the Goodreads website).
Thank you again for your support. It means the world to me. With gratitude,