I first heard of this book while reading an article about the recently deceased Steve Jobs. Apparently, it is the book that convinced him to become a vegetarian. To my surprise, it is not so much a book about food —which it obviously is— as about the social, political and economic implications of our food choices. To be fair, Lappé discusses in detail how to follow a healthy diet, including information about combining proteins and a good amount of vegetarian recipes. Yet, the core of the book truly is about politics, stressing the need to take the power back in our own hands, instead of leaving it in hands of the big corporations and special interests that have come to corrupt our democracy. Lappé goes even further, pointing out that the origin of many of our problems can be traced back to the changes brought about by Modernity itself back in the 17th and 18th centuries, when our current approach to the world first developed.
As a solution to these problems, Lappé proposes a vegetarian diet and a clear involvement in grassroots projects that helps build a new form of democracy to counter the influence of large corporations.
In a final section, the book includes a good number of vegetarian recipes....Continua