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Food Is the Solution

Food Is the Solution

What to Eat to Save the World - 80+ Recipes for a Greener Planet and a Healthier You

Matthew Prescott

Flatiron Books

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“The way we eat reflects how we are taking care of the planet. This book can guide us towards real change.” — Alice Waters

In Food Is the Solution, Matthew Prescott, Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society and a leader in the environmental food movement, shows how our plates have the power to heal the world. This lavishly designed resource and recipe collection shows how anyone can help solve the world’s major issues—environmental problems chief among them—simply by incorporating more plants into their diets. Featuring investigative reporting, compelling infographics, and essays from notable contributors like Dr. Michael Greger, John Mackey, James Cameron, Paul McCartney, and Wolfgang Puck, Food Is the Solution will inspire us all to put more plants on our plates.

What we eat will determine what kind of world we live in and what kind of world we live on—and Matthew Prescott proves that meat-heavy diets are destroying the planet. Imagine a world in which we are all healthier. Imagine a world where the air is clean, forests dense, water pure, and animal life healthy. That world is a happier world, a better world—and the delectable plant-based foods Prescott shows us how to prepare in Food Is the Solution will help us create it.

“Food is power, and this book will help you use it.”
Chef David Chang, Momofuku

“Devour this book. Eat it up. It might just save your life and the world.”
— Michael Greger, MD, New York Times-bestselling author of How Not to Die

“Environmental eating just got tastier!”
Chloe Coscarelli, founder of by CHLOE and author of Chloe’s Kitchen

“This informative and motivating book highlights how we can make a big difference to the future of the planet simply through our food choices.”
— Paul McCartney

Food is the Solution shares easy ways to look and feel great while also respecting the Earth. Talk about a win-win!”
— Elle Macpherson

Food is the Solution demonstrates how food lovers can change the world for the better.”
—Wolfgang Puck

“The planet needs us, and this book can help.”
— Moby

“This book can help lead you on a creative and delicious adventure—and contribute to a healthier Earth.”
Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook, one of the top-ten-bestselling cookbooks of all time

“There’s a place at the table for everyone when it comes to environmental eating, and this book can help you find yours.”
— Bob Perciasepe, former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

“Eating with the Earth in mind has never been easier, thanks to this important and eye-opening book.”
— John Mackey, Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market

“This is one of the most crucial books of our time. It offers amazing, healthy food while being environmentally conscious and informative. A must read!”
His Royal Highness, Khaled bin Alwaleed, Prince of Saudi Arabia

“The fact is: the more plant-based we eat, the better we feel, the better we are. No more alternative facts.”
— Rosie O’Donnell

“There’s a crisis in our oceans and on our planet. This book offers concrete, easy and delicious ways to help.”
Louie Psihoyos, Academy Award-winning director of The Cove and Racing Extinction

Food is the Solution is the guide I wish I had as a young mom. This is the blueprint for anyone who eats.”
— Laurie David, Academy Award-winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth and Fed Up

“We impact the world at each meal, and this book can help us use our plates as a force for good.”
— Richard Linklater, Academy Award-nominated director of Dazed and Confused, Boyhood and Fast Food Nation

“Great book, great food, better world—what more could we ask for?”
—Chef Tal Ronnen, Crossroads Kitchen

“More people than ever are enjoying plant-based foods as a way to help themselves and the planet. Matthew Prescott's book makes it easy and accessible for anyone to lend a hand—and fork.”
Téa Leoni

“The world—literally, planet Earth—needs this book!”
— Kathy Freston, New York Times-bestselling author of Quantum Wellness, The Lean and The One

“For those of us already enthralled by Matthew Prescott's perspective and insight into how what we eat affects who we are and the fate of the world, this book comes at exactly the right time.”
Mayim Bialik

“The message for the future is really very simple: Get as close to a whole food, plant-based diet as possible.”
— Dr. T. Colin Campbell, New York Times-bestselling author of The China Study

“Use this book as an important tool to help you turn your diet into a force for good.”
Kierán Suckling, Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity

“Eat more plants for a better planet: Easy peasy. Bon appétit!”
— Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens

“Matthew Prescott provides a compelling case that most foods that are good for you are also good for the world. Whether you’re a carnivore or vegan, you’ll benefit from reading this book.”
Lawrence Williams, Chairman and CEO of the United States Healthful Food Council

“Matthew Prescott has created an outstanding resource to support global change.”
Julianaa Satie, founder of The School of Natural Cookery

Food is the Solution will help you save the Earth and live more compassionately.”
— Gene Baur, New York Times-bestselling author of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life and Farm Sanctuary

“This book is the best thing since sliced bread.”
— Bruce Friedrich, Good Food Institute Executive Director

“A menu of ideas to help us eat in a more environmentally-responsible and healthy way.”
— Janet Ranganathan, World Resources Institute

“For your health, the environment, and animals—this book has everything you need to make a difference!”
Doron Petersan, Fare Well and Sticky Fingers Bakery

“Food tastes so much better when you know it is giving back to the world. This book highlights how and why.”
Chad Sarno, co-founder of Wicked Healthy and co-author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen

“With so many people looking to eat healthier and more sustainably, this book comes at the perfect time.”
Kristie Middleton, author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time

“This book is a great guide to a simpler, healthier and more compassionate way to live.”
Wendie Malick

“We can use our plates to help the planet. This book is a giant lightbulb switched on to help us.”
John Schlimm, award-winning author of Five Years in Heaven

Food is the Solution can help you invest in your health and the health of the Earth at every meal.”
Leslie Samuelrich, President of eco-investment firm, Green Century Capital Management

"Food plays a big part of our identity, and this book will help us align what we eat with who we are." Keegan-Michael Key

"A timely resource to help us all eat better and tread lighter on the planet." —Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife and former Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

“For anyone wondering what they can do for the climate, this important book proves our everyday choices can have powerful consequences – not to mention, some seriously delicious results.”
—Ken Berlin, President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

"Each one of us can help protect the planet when we choose what to eat. It's simpler than you may think! This book will give you all the tools you need."
—Vani Hari, New York Times-bestselling author of The Food Babe Way

“When it comes to food and its impact on the environment, animal welfare and public health, we’ve reached a fork in the road—and Matthew Prescott’s book will help you use yours to choose the right way.”
—Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

“We can heal our bodies through the right types of food, and by consuming and producing the right ingredients, food also becomes a medicine for our planet.”
Petra Nemcová

"Changing our diets won't save the world by itself, but we won't be able to save the world without dramatically changing our food and agriculture practices. Matthew Prescott has assembled a detailed and delicious road map to survival."
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

“Protecting our environment takes all hands—and mouths—on deck. Food Is the Solution shows how simple it can be to adopt a more Earth-friendly lifestyle which is a critical first step to changing our habits as a society.”
Margie Alt, Executive Director, Environment America

"This book is an important call to action for anyone who eats."
Emeril Lagasse

"Matthew Prescott proves that food can be delicious while also helping mend the social and ecological fabric of our world."
— Michael Symon

About the author

Matthew Prescott

Matthew Prescott is a leading figure in the global movement to reform how we farm and eat. He’s Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States and adviser to the Good Food Institute. A sought-after speaker and thought leader, Prescott has spent over a decade and a half sharing his ideas with Ivy League universities, Fortune 500 companies, consumers, and more. His efforts have directly led to sweeping changes in the supply chains of hundreds of major food companies, impacted countless individuals’ diets, and have been covered extensively by the media: his work has been featured by CNN, in the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and countless more; his writing’s appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, Barron’s and others; his photographs have been featured in the Rolling Stone and Food & Wine; he’s been as a guest on national television news programs; and he was even once a guest on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, the author Lara Prescott.

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