New cookbook features healthy recipes that can save the planet – Food Tank

The Kitchen Connection Alliance and the UN The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) teamed up to create a new cookbook that promotes human and environmental health. The Cookbook in Support of the United Nations: For People and Planet is a collection of 75 recipes from chefs around the world and will be available this fall.

The cookbook invited a diverse list of professional and non-professional cooks to share their recipes for the project. Chefs Massimo Bottura, Grace Ramirez, and José Andrés are among the book’s contributors.

Earlene Cruz, director of Kitchen Connection, helped make this project a reality. “It was a wonderful experience, sometimes challenging and often enlightening, to meld local and global perspectives to create this multi-faceted project,” Cruz tells Food Tank. “Ultimately, having advocates, farmers, indigenous peoples, chefs, UN and non-UN partners coming together around this issue highlights how important it is to humanity at large.”

The cookbook invites aanyone with basic kitchen tools or minimal kitchen experience to make more sustainable food choices. TThe cookbook also lists the carbon footprint of each dish, derived from calculating the sum of the carbon emissions associated with each ingredient. Cruz hopes that readers who use the book will help readers cook with the health of the planet in mind, helping readers support biodiversity, reduce food waste and mitigate climate change.

Cruz is also excited about the opportunity to introduce all readers to international cuisine and new cultures. “Just like sports and other arts, the culinary world has tremendous power to break down barriers and bring us all to the table,” Cruz tells Food Tank. “Once we are together, these vehicles are powerful tools to help us change our world for the better.”

For several years, Kitchen Connection had been approached by publishers about the possibility of a cookbook. But once the UN approached Kitchen Connection to support their act now Campaign, Cruz recognized the role a cookbook could play in furthering the campaign’s mission.

The ActNow campaign encourages people to make lifestyle changes that reduce environmental damage. One way they are driving a net zero future is by educating people about the carbon footprint of their diet. With the food system responsible for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Researchfood choices can make a difference.

The Cookbook in Support of the United Nations also aligns with the UN Sustainable development goals and the mission of the Kitchen Connection Alliance to educate and empower the world’s youth to build a better food system. Cruz hopes this cookbook will leave a lasting impact on readers. “With this non-prescriptive guide, we hope to inspire readers to create new dishes beyond the Cookbook that are good for human and planetary health,” she tells Food Tank.

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