Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet

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The author of the classic Diet for a Small Planet and her daughter travel the world, discovering practical visionaries who are making a difference in world hunger, sometimes one village at a time.

Thirty years ago Frances Moore Lappé started a revolution in the way Americans think about food and hunger. Now Frances and her daughter, Anna, pick up where Diet for a Small Planet left off. Together, they set out on an around-the-world journey to explore the greatest challenges we ...

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Overview

The author of the classic Diet for a Small Planet and her daughter travel the world, discovering practical visionaries who are making a difference in world hunger, sometimes one village at a time.

Thirty years ago Frances Moore Lappé started a revolution in the way Americans think about food and hunger. Now Frances and her daughter, Anna, pick up where Diet for a Small Planet left off. Together, they set out on an around-the-world journey to explore the greatest challenges we face at the new millennium. Traveling to Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, they discovered answers to the most urgent issue of our time: Whether we are able to transcend today's consumerism and the isolation of "me-first" capitalism and find the paths that each of us can follow to heal our lives and the planet. Featuring nearly seventy recipes from celebrated vegetarian culinary pioneers-including Alice Waters, Mollie Katzen, Laurel Robertson, Nora Pouillon, and Anna Thomas-Hope's Edge highlights true trailblazers engaged in social, environmental, and economic transformations.

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Publishers Weekly
Thirty years ago, Frances Moore Lapp 's groundbreaking Diet for a Small Planet challenged Western assumptions about hunger. Lapp was the first to argue systematically for the rejection of meat-based eating and cultivation in favor of a system where "corn becomes filet mignon" and eating lower on the food chain (i.e. more grains and vegetables) is crucial the key to ending worldwide hunger, since non-meat proteins are much more efficient and sustainable to produce. Her new book, co-written with her daughter, comes into a world still grappling with the problem. Describing their journeys through Brazil, Pakistan, Holland and the U.S., the Lapp s continue to question the economic status quo as well as discuss the way different countries handle food production in times of scarcity and plenty. By focusing on their individual journeys and choices, the Lapp s bring intellectual concepts to a personal level, and in doing so, challenge us to do the same. What we eat directly, they argue, connects us to the earth and people around the globe. "Food has a unique power," Lapp writes. "With food as a starting point we can choose to meet people and to encounter events so powerful that they jar us out of our ordinary way of seeing the world, and open us to new, uplifting and empowering possibilities. They call us to travel `hope's edge.' " Recommended for those interested in a better understanding of the world hunger crisis and personal ways to make a difference and for healthy cooks too: a recipe section features delicious vegetarian, organic and whole-foods dishes from celebrated restaurants such as Chez Panisse and Angelica Kitchen. (Feb.1) Forecast: The first Diet was a foundational book for modern vegetarianism, finally providing a thoroughly argued rationale that did not rely on the cruelty-to-animals argument. Many boomers will pick up the new edition to see that argument updated for the era of globalism, and younger browsers will recognize the authors from their parents' battered copies. Expect strong, steady sales. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Frances Moore Lappé is the well-known author of Diet for a Small Planet (1973), a manifesto of global food politics. For this follow-up, she and daughter Anna unblinkingly document an international journey they undertook to see how things stand nearly 30 years later (unfortunately, not too well). In nine countries, the Lappés meet and talk with prodemocracy organizers, farmers, villagers, educators, and other people working to create life outside of corporate globalization. Some of their stories from Bangladesh, Kenya, India, and elsewhere are terrifying, but they never lose their nerve. Tough-minded but optimistic, they capture the ills of genetic engineering, pesticides, and corporate concentration, as well as successful efforts by local people to restore their dignity and interconnection to life. The main focus is food (recipes from vegetarian, organic, and whole-foods advocates are included), but it quickly becomes obvious that for the Lappés eating well and responsibly means living the same way, with true democracy for all. An extensive bibliography of sources and contact organizations is provided. Essential for all public and academic libraries. Karen Munro, Univ. of British Columbia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585421497
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/31/2002
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of Diet for a Small Planet and eleven other books.

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Table of Contents

The Beginning
An Opening Note 3
Prologue: Pushing the Edge of Hope 5
Ch. 1 Maps of the Mind: Exposing five thought traps blocking our path 13
The Journey
Ch. 2 The Delicious Revolution: California, U.S. - San Francisco Bay Area 37
Ch. 3 The Battle for Human Nature: Brazil - Sao Paulo, Curitiba, and encampments 63
Ch. 4 Beautiful Horizon: Brazil - Belo Horizonte 93
Ch. 5 The Hyacinth Principle: Bangladesh - Dhaka and villages 104
Ch. 6 Seeking Annapoorna: India - New Delhi, the Punjab and villages 138
Ch. 7 Walking to Nairobi: Kenya - Nairobi and the village of Kyaume 167
Ch. 8 Stirring the Sleeping Giant: Holland, Central America, and the U.S. 196
Ch. 9 The Last Taste of Paris: Belgium and France - Brittany and Paris 212
Ch. 10 Taking Off the Cowboy Hat: Wisconsin, U.S. - Madison and Dane County 244
The Homecoming
Ch. 11 Traveling the Edge of Possibility: Learning the five liberating ideas helping us find our way 279
Taking Off
Epilogue 313
Entry Points 315
The Five Thought Traps & the Five Liberating Ideas 328
Coming to Our Senses
Sect. 1 Recipes from Pioneer Vegetarian and Whole-Foods Cookbook Authors 336
Sect. 2 Recipes from Pioneer Chefs and Restaurants Bringing Us Organic and Whole Foods, and Celebrating Locally Grown Cuisine 356
Food for Thought
A Short List of Recommended Readings 413
Bibliography 415
Endnotes 420
Acknowledgments 436
Index 440
Small Planet Fund 449
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    WONDERFUL MUST READ

    Frances Moore Lappe has done it again! She and her daughter have brought us a book that's given me renewed energy, hope, and spirit. Their stories, of real people making a difference, are invaluable. Congratulations.

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