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Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. One-star reviews of this book seem to focus on whether recent science has disproved some of its assertions, or whether the recipes are any good.

There's even a somewhat vituperative stream on climate change, diet links to blood groups, and other contentious issues. For me, these are essentially peripheral and miss the point.

I have spent most of my professional life concerned with trying to improve people's conditions in developing countries. So what resonated with me was the theme that America's devotion to excess protein has severe adverse implications not just for how the rest of the world eats but also on much broader issues such as food security, international trade and balance of payments.

Of course, it would be comforting to be sure that the author's statements are rigorous and based on fact I'm an engineer, and we prefer to avoid vague assertions. But ultimately whether, for example, protein complementarity is valid is of less importance than the general principle that we need to eat lower down the food chain, and that there are excellent ways of doing so without necessarily becoming a complete vegetarian.

The 20th Edition is now itself over 20 years old, and doubtless outdated in many ways, but it serves to spark inquiry and debate about a very important subject - and along the way provides some recipes well worth exploring! Allen Smalling Top Contributor: Classical Music.

Mass Market Paperback Verified download. Many "vegetarian" or "vegan" cookbooks teach in terms of substitute proteins -- what I call the "tofurkey" approach that focuses on replacing animal meats with imitations and analogs. It was Frances Moore Lappe's great gift to us to throw out the concept that something called an "entree" must center the dinner table, whether or not said entree consisted of meat, fish, molded lentils or whatever. Instead, she focuses on protein complementarities, the technique of melding vegetable sources with incomplete amino acids into full proteins for example, corn and legume beans; milk and peanuts.

It's a wonderful way to think, plan, and cook; as a result this wonderful little book has braved the test of time and is now in its third decade.

This is very useful for students or This book is very informative, especially about how to eat meatless meals, yet get all the protein you need. It has many recipes for dishes which you can make without meat but which are protein-rich. This is very useful for students or others on a small budget who can't afford to download a lot of meat.

site Edition Verified download. This is the first vegetarian cookbook I downloadd, back in , when I first explored going vegetarian. My paper copy is getting very tattered and worn so a new copy for my site was warrented. There are many favorite recipes in this book that helped my family transition to vegetarianism. Though my husband never fully made that transition, he enjoyed many of these dishes. This is the little book that started me on my way to becoming vegan back in the 70s.

It's a beautiful little book and it deserves to be on everyone's shelf. Recipes are basic and fundamental as are the principles. I liked the original better since author provided estimates of usual easy protein.

Recipes are still good and there are a few new. My original was so used that pages were falling out. Good book if you want to be eco conscious. One person found this helpful. Have the original book and now have the year anniversary issue to see what Francis Moore Lappe learned along the way! Using some of the info in my health coaching business, too! As a life long vegetarian I have used this book since it first was published, and it is now worn out from heavy use.

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Back to top. Those people aren't our enemies. LAPPE: One of the biggest parallels between our country and most underdeveloped nations is the increasing concentration of food control. Look at farming. The profit margin from crops is so thin by , real profits per acre had sunk to half what they were in that the only thing for farmers to do is, as Earl Butz put it, "get big or get out".

And the key to getting big is to first own a lot of that valuable land.

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As agricultural economist Donald Paarlberg said, "We are developing a wealthy hereditary landowning class which is contrary to American traditions. In fact, if two-thirds of America's growers tried to live solely on the sales of their crops, their income would be well below the official poverty line.

Farmers are forced to compete against each other and to produce more and more, yet that same increased production depresses prices so that they have to produce more still in order to make the same income.

There're always ways to get rid of the extra food, though: Half of our harvest is fed to livestock, and our agricultural exports have doubled in the last decade. But the pressures of steadily expanding production are leading to the destruction of food-linked resources. Increased monoculture planting of erosion-inducing crops has resulted in a constant loss of topsoil on more than a third of our cropland. Farmers have had to rely on irrigation to raise yields, and the added demand is draining the water from giant aquifers.

And of course, more fertilizers and pesticides are needed to maintain maximum productivity under these deteriorating conditions. PLOWBOY: But if food production is increasing, surely somebody—besides the small minority of growers who are big enough to survive—must be benefiting. Here the concentration of economic control is even more extreme than it is in farming at this point. Take the largest trader, the Minneapolis-based Cargill Corporation, for example. Yet this firm, surviving on U. The company's major trading arm, Tradax, is chartered in Panama and based in Geneva.

Cargill exports over a quarter of all the grain that leaves this country. And because the company has significant foreign operations as well, it actually competes with American farmers in order to keep farm prices down! Since World War II, our nation has lost half of all its food manufacturing businesses. And only 0. Consequently, in the cereal, baby food, soup, and beer product areas, four corporations control over half of the sales.

They have what's called a shared monopoly. Well, the chapter presents five or six possible plans—such as making more products to grab a bigger share of the market, creating consumer loyalty with a heavy advertising blitz, processing foods into "prepared" dinners in order to charge higher prices for the same ingredients, cutting costs by replacing substantial food ingredients with less expensive ones such as salt, sugar, and artificial flavors , and so forth—and then demonstrates that each moneymaking strategy leads to the creation of more additiveladen, less healthful food.

The point is that one doesn't have to be an evil cutthroat to follow these steps. Indeed, Dr. Kellogg—founder of the giant corporation that bears his name—was a strict vegetarian. And the first creation of the man who launched General Foods was Postum, a coffee substitute devised to free us from the evils of caffeine. Simple, profit-maximizing logic led these and other once well-intentioned companies to take steps that were detrimental to consumers' health.

LAPPE: Let me put it this way: To eat the typical American diet is to participate in the biggest experiment in human nutrition ever conducted. Americans are eating more fat, more sugar, and more salt than they used to-while taking in too many calories and too little fiber-and each of these changes has been linked to heightened risk of disease.

The problem isn't that individuals are adding too much sugar, salt, and fat to their foods. Many Americans eat two or three times the recommended daily intake of salt without once wielding a saltshaker! And the average U.

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But these abused food ingredients are being added for us by the processing industry. Almost half the calories in a Big Mac or a Ritz cracker are fat. I'd like to get people to open their eyes and see the priceeconomic and otherwise—that we all pay for the food system we're tolerating. Consider just one recently created food, a pie filling that's made by liquefying whole fruit, injecting sugar into it, and then re-forming it into perfectly shaped little berries or what have you!

People here and abroad are starving, yet 60, such "new" food items—products that actually lose nutritional value as they're being processed—have been introduced in the U. Reduce your consumption of eggs, full-fat dairy products, and meats. It's really not difficult to develop a nutritious—and delicious—diet: People have been eating that way for thousands of years.

This goal is a lot easier to achieve, of course, for folks who quit shopping in supermarkets and start using cooperative food stores and farmers' markets. PLOWBOY: I'm sure some people would be surprised that you recommend limiting the consumption of meat, but not eliminating it from our diet. If you want to eat meat, I recommend that you use it as the Chinese do, as a flavoring in a meal that's basically made up of vegetables.

I understand, of course, that grain-fed meat is not the cause of the world hunger problem-and eating some of it doesn't directly take food out of the mouths of starving people-but it is, to me, a symbol and a symptom of the basic irrationality of a food system that's divorced from human needs. Therefore, using less meat can be an important way to take responsibility. Making conscious choices about what we eat, based on what the earth can sustain and what our bodies need, can help remind us that our whole society must begin to balance sustainable production with human need.

One thing is certain: It would be impossible for everyone in the world to emulate the American meat-centered diet. Grain-fed livestock is such an enormous drain of resources that, in many ways, eating a prime steak is like driving a Cadillac. Consider this. Producing a one-pound steak uses up 2, gallons of water.

Furthermore, most of our nation's soil erosion—about 5.

And meat animals are protein factories in reverse: It takes eight pounds of grain protein to make one pound of beef. Overall, our livestock population today consumes ten times the grain we Americans eat directly.

But as you said, not eating meat won't solve the world's food problems. What other steps do you recommend that an individual take?

Assume that you've been miseducated and taught a lot of fallacies about how the world works. Learn what's really happening, and then question your life choices-where you live, how you treat your children, where you work, what you eat-and ask yourself whether these actions support a status quo that promotes suffering or offer an alternative that's even one small step better.

Of course, we all have to make compromises between our visions for the future and what we have to do to survive in our society. If you, for example, attempted to sever all links between yourself and the exploitative aspects of our culture, you'd probably drive yourself-and those close to you-nuts! On the other hand, though, you have to be willing to risk really changing by trying things you haven't done before. I also believe that it's almost impossible for people to change alone.

We need to join with others who will push us in our thinking and challenge us to do things we didn't believe ourselves capable of. Thus a big part of our work at the institute involves helping people link up with the thousands of groups around the country that are working for democratic change.

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I'm not, however, suggesting that everyone become a food activist like me. Maybe some other issue—a community problem, perhaps—ignites your passions. Most of the gravest difficulties facing our society today—whether they be in education, health, the legal system, or energy policy—have common roots.

I believe they can be solved only as part of an overall movement toward a more just sharing of economic and political power.

And the only way such a democracy can be built is for the less influential people, ordinary folks like you and me, to take on more power. Our nation's role shouldn't be to go in and "solve" problems there, but—instead—to identify the obstacles that stand in the way of people's struggle for selfdetermination in the Third World.

And, of course, we should never forget that there are many people in the United States, right now, who don't have enough to eat—some 25 million Americans live below the poverty line—and that our country hasn't accepted the responsibility of providing for the basic needs of its most vulnerable members, such as the elderly, the disabled, and the single-parent families.

In a recent study of eight industrial countries, the United States ranked among the lowest in the adequacy of benefits for those in need. Our infant mortality rate deaths per 1, birthsranks sixteenth in the world, almost double that of Sweden or Finland. Worse still, among nonwhites the infant death rate is 22 per 1, Is there another that you prefer.

But I am convinced that we can learn valuable lessons from other countries. From China, for example, we can discover how the redistribution of control over farmland—giving management to the villages under a system which allows everyone who works to have a say in how the resulting profits are used—has greatly reduced hunger in one of the world's most densely populated countries. Many western European nations can teach us that it's possible to provide security to those unable to care for themselvesthe elderly, the handicapped, etc.

And we can learn from countries such as Nicaragua, which are still in the birth process, too. That land is attempting to establish a "mixed economy". The government is developing food, health, and educational assistance programs for the poor.

What do you mean by that? LAPPE: Well, I'm saying that the idea of democracy-which, in essence, refers to a system in which people have a right to have a say in how things are run and to recall leadership when it fails to listen—has to embrace economics as well as politics. You simply can't have a genuine political democracy without economic democracy as well.

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As the famous Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis once said, "We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth in a few hands, but we can't have both. The truth is that most Americans have absolutely no training at all in how to share power effectively. Our lack of experience at democratic planning has really come home to me in my work at the institute. You see, we're trying to run our project on an inclusive, group basis. All the full-time staff is involved with the decision-making processes—in everything from personnel to salaries—and we're having to find out by trial and error how to work well together.

One thing we know for sure: People have to have basic trust and good will if group decision-making is to work at all! There's an awful lot of mistrust in the world. However, many individuals need the feeling that they're connected to, and serving, something bigger than their pocketbooks. Most of my acquaintances get tremendous personal pleasure out of knowing that their lives have meaning beyond themselves. Most of us work at jobs that—while they pay the bills—don't seem to serve society.

Few people, then, have the freedom to feel useful. So the real question, you see, is not how to extinguish individual self-interest in order to serve the community, but how to plan and create structures in which people can serve both themselves and the community simultaneously. But that has little to do with what I advocate. Besides, longterm plans are made daily in our society, only they're fashioned by those who control such institutions as our food-processing and grain-exporting corporations.

Our fear of planning makes us blind to the ways our economy is already being manipulated in the interests of those at the top. The question isn't whether or not we should have planning. Planning can be democratic. For the most part, Americans are taught to associate capitalism with democracy and socialism with totalitarianism.

Yet in the world today we can see extremely antidemocratic economic structures in both "socialist" and "capitalist" systems, and democratic elements in both, as well. In the "capitalist" Philippines, for example, there are very few signs of democratic participation. What I would most like to see is a genuine democracy, one in which people have political and economic power.

If that's how you define socialism, then I guess I'm a socialist. PLOWBOY: But wouldn't you admit that achieving true democracy here and abroad—especially when, as you say, economic power is getting more and more concentrated—seems almost impossible? LAPPE: My lifetime is just a tiny wink in the sweep of history, and I believe that what I'm doing is part of along human evolutionary process, so I don't expect to see all the changes I've dreamed of. But humanity is making progress.

It's been only in very recent history that we've begun—on a society-wide basis-to demolish myths that kept huge segments of the population in place for centuries and justified the status quo. Of course, many such doctrines-which legitimized the caste system in India and allowed repression of women in the Middle East-have yet to crack, worldwide.

PLOWBOY: If you see an increasing belief in people's abilities and rights along with greater concentration of economic power, you must be expecting some serious collisions between the two opposing forces.

Maybe I misled you by saying that I don't expect to see the fruits of my work in my lifetime. I feel that way, for the most part, because I'm a U. Our nation-with its enormous wealth, resources, and military might-will probably be one of the last countries to undergo any profound change.

I'd most likely feel different about the future if I lived in a village in the Philippines. My work, though, is in the United States, and we still have a long way to go. Now I don't mean to say that once there's a revolution in a country like El Salvador, the people will automatically establish the ultimate righteous form of government, and then things will be better forever.

To me, defeating the entrenched interests that want to maintain repression is only the first step. Then comes the real work. In fact, one of the most valuable things we can learn from the countries that are trying to work toward genuine democracy is the concept of process. All too often, we want to be given one answer that will work now, next week, and ten years from now.

And that ties back to what I said earlier about personal change. We have to let go of the fear of change. We need to be open to new structures so we and they can evolve. The most important qualities to cultivate, then, are the willingness to take risks and the tolerance to be patient so we can deal with the complexities of life.

And I believe that doing so can make for a very exciting and joyous existence. I used to think that the "good life" meant settling down with a family and career. It took me a long time to realize that taking risks could be part of truly joyful living, but I know now that it certainly can. Lappe' uses to support the statements made in this interview can be found in the institute's many publications.

A few of these are: Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity: a page study of the causes of world hunger that's filled with data and stories of specific countries. World Hunger: Ten Myths, a concise page critique of the common beliefs about hunger. Aid as Obstacle: a detailed page investigation of the varied and often "hidden" forms of American foreign aid and their effects.Now this situation isn't part of a plot by cruel landowners to starve local people, yet the very processes that increase the food production in such circumstances also increase hunger!

In fact, a number of Sahelian nations actually increased their production of such export crops as cotton, peanuts, and vegetables during this awful period. One-star reviews of this book seem to focus on whether recent science has disproved some of its assertions, or whether the recipes are any good. It's no longer a case of only the traditional tropical crops—such as bananas, pineapples, and coffee—being shipped out of Third World nations.

Low Carb Diet. We need to be open to new structures so we and they can evolve. Even if those politicians were granted all the high-sounding concessions they ask for from the industrialized powers, the majority of their people would still go hungry.

My work, though, is in the United States, and we still have a long way to go. In Nicaragua—which is genuinely attempting to redistribute land and wealth—coffee export income is used for basic development. So I became more miserable and confused.