Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sustainable Table

"Up to 60% of our personal eco-footprint is embodied in the food that we buy".

"Every dollar we spend is a vote for the type of food system and earth we want to be a part of" - The Sustainable Table

What can I say - this really is an incredibly interesting book. It mixes interviews with a wide range of people (chefs, transition groups, kitchen garden schools etc) with predominantly vegetarian recipes. It also has a fantastically detailed section at the back about shopping and eating sustainably.

And I think it's put in such a way that it is accessible to so many different people.  Plus even though I knew a lot of the info inside, there was still enough to make me re-think how I shop and cook. Sort of refining my system - it made me realise how I had fallen into the habit of going to the mainstream supermarkets to buy organic items like pasta and oats, when I really should support smaller Australia businesses (like Four Leaf Organics).

And the two quotes above really resonate with me. So often you come across people who say that how they shop cant possibly make a difference. And it's this sort of book that you want them to read, that you want to inspire them to change they way they shop and cook and eat.

I've now added this to my gift giving list for Christmas. I always like to give things that inspire change or make people think. For example, if I dont know someone very well I generally give them a porcelain reusable cup and / or a reusable shopping bag.

1 comment:

  1. I just bought this book, an extra Christmas present (my husband convinced me) and a couple of the bags, including some for Christmas presents for relatives... such a worthy cause, and 15% off at the moment too.

    I remembered reading your review about the book & having followed their Facebook page since then! Thank you, again, for your recommendations!!