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Diet for a Changing Climate
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Diet for a Changing Climate
Food for Thought
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The United Nations supports a compelling solution to world hunger: eat insects! Explore the vast world of unexpected foods that may help solve the global hunger crisis. Weeds, wild plants, invasive and feral species, and bugs are all food for thought. Learn about the nutritional value of various plant and animal species; visit a cricket farm; try a recipe for dandelion pancakes, kudzu salsa, or pickled purslane; and discover more about climate change, sustainability, green agriculture, indigenous foods, farm-to-table restaurants, and how to be an eco-friendly producer, consumer, and chef. Meet average folks and experts in the field who will help you stretch your culinary imagination!

The United Nations supports a compelling solution to world hunger: eat insects! Explore the vast world of unexpected foods that may help solve the global hunger crisis. Weeds, wild plants, invasive and feral species, and bugs are all food for thought. Learn about the nutritional value of various plant and animal species; visit a cricket farm; try a recipe for dandelion pancakes, kudzu salsa, or pickled purslane; and discover more about climate change, sustainability, green agriculture, indigenous foods, farm-to-table restaurants, and how to be an eco-friendly producer, consumer, and chef. Meet average folks and experts in the field who will help you stretch your culinary imagination!

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About the Author-
  • Christy Mihaly writes nonfiction books for kids, about topics including moose, redwoods, fashion, and math. She also writes articles, stories, and poetry, and blogs about children's literature. She writes in Vermont, under the supervision of her dog and cat.

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  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2018

    Gr 7 Up-In an easy-to-digest format, the authors present the myriad alternative food choices, from weeds to insects, that are readily available, and the consumption of which could have a restorative impact on the planet. Colorful photographs allow readers to identify various weeds presented, including dandelions, pineapple weed, lamb's quarters, and purslane, many of which have a long history of being used in recipes. Tips for foraging these edibles encourage safety, and sources for identification are included in the text as well as in the bibliography. Invasive wild life, such as wild boars, iguanas, and various species of fish, are presented as viable food sources to help balance ecosystems. The authors introduce a number of people who have embraced these culinary alternatives, which establishes the book as more than a theory. Recipes are also included to encourage readers to try some of the ingredients presented; wild and weedy quiche, pickled purslane, and how to cook a cricket. An extensive glossary, bibliography, and related websites give potential chefs knowledge of alternative foods, where to find them, and how to prepare them. VERDICT A great resource for those exploring environmental issues and seeking ways to combat climate change.-Denise Moore, formerly at O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2018
    Providing sobering facts about our challenged planet, this book encourages young readers to rethink their food sources.Warming temperatures, rising seas, vanishing species crowded out by invasive ones--these are just some of the challenges of climate change. With earnest enthusiasm this book invites young readers to educate themselves and believe they can make a difference--through a "focus on food." Reviewing the link between human food production and climate change, the authors note that eating invasive plants and animals (like dandelions, kudzu, and iguanas) might help us limit use of damaging chemicals and fertilizers and rebalance the ecosystem. Similarly, consuming protein-rich, low carbon-impact bugs such as crickets and grubs reduces the harmful effects of raising livestock--and may soon be "cool" (after all, eating lobsters 200 years ago provoked the "ew" that sampling crickets gets today). In 10 chapters with plentiful color photographs and illustrations, the authors educate and encourage, offering observations, often posed as chapter title directives: "Exotic Pests Can Be Delicious" or "Expand Your Aquatic Menu." Persuasive explanations and concrete actions readers can take are accompanied by recipes, apps for plant identification, instructions for growing your own edible mealworms, and a list of restaurants around the world that serve bugs.An optimistic introduction for those who want to "take a bite out of climate change." (source notes, glossary, bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

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  • Booklist

    September 15, 2018
    Grades 8-10 In a world of rapid climate change and ecosystems where man-made intervention has often wreaked havoc, what is the easiest solution to the issue of invasive species and unintended pests? Eating them. Invasivorism is a movement encouraged by chefs and environmentalists that promotes the consuming of invasive species as a means of controlling them. This ambitious vision is hampered only by a wary public unwilling to eat weeds and insects. Yet despite reservations, maintaining a diet of invasive species is completely doable and more common than consumers might realize (as in the consumption of invasive fish in the U.S., for example). The author points out that, in the past, species have been wiped out by mass human consumption (e.g., the passenger pigeon), so there is precedent for eating as a means of extermination. Readers interested in embracing invasivorism might want to try their hand at some of the recipes, which include Wild Kudzu Salsa, Pasta and Periwinkles, and Crisp and Crunchy Beetle Croutons. Extensive back matter provides further opportunities for research.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • School Library Journal

    "In an easy-to-digest format, the authors present the myriad alternative food choices, from weeds to insects, that are readily available, and the consumption of which could have a restorative impact on the planet. Colorful photographs allow readers to identify various weeds presented, including dandelions, pineapple weed, lamb's quarters, and purslane, many of which have a long history of being used in recipes. Tips for foraging these edibles encourage safety, and sources for identification are included in the text as well as in the bibliography. Invasive wild life, such as wild boars, iguanas, and various species of fish, are presented as viable food sources to help balance ecosystems. The authors introduce a number of people who have embraced these culinary alternatives, which establishes the book as more than a theory. Recipes are also included to encourage readers to try some of the ingredients presented; wild and weedy quiche, pickled purslane, and how to cook a cricket. An extensive glossary, bibliography, and related websites give potential chefs knowledge of alternative foods, where to find them, and how to prepare them. VERDICT A great resource for those exploring environmental issues and seeking ways to combat climate change."—School Library Journal

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