Change Food welcomes you to the launch of our Reading for Change series! Here, we will be sharing reviews of some of our favorite food and farming-centered books each month. We kick off today by introducing Waste-Free Kitchen: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food
by Dana Gunders. In this new release, the author, a Change Food friend, provides us with practical and easy-to-follow strategies as to how to reduce food waste within our own homes. You may have seen Dana’s work featured on Dr. Oz, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, NPR, and many more media outlets — now, this knowledge is readily available for your reading pleasure.
According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, where Gunders resides as a Staff Scientist, the average American throws out about 25% of all their purchased food and beverages. For a family of four, this ends up being between $1,365 and $2,275 in wasted food each year. Imagine not only the money, but the opportunity cost in time spent shopping, as well as the sheer volume in produce we could save on a macro level if every household were more informed on how to conserve their groceries.
Waste-Free Kitchen is the ultimate handbook for any modern cook — not just the already waste-conscious ones. It conveniently explains effective and realistic strategies for even the busiest of households to cut down on their food waste, from providing recipes featuring ingredients traditionally thought of as “ugly” or “bad,” to how to better organize storage spaces in order to expand the shelf life of staple foods and produce. Heed the advice featured in this go-to reference and watch your kitchen and wallet transform for the better.
Here at Change Food, we believe that individuals have the power to make meaningful changes in the food system. Taking the initiative to cut down on waste is a major way one can reduce their own environmental impact. Waste Free Kitchen: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food by Dana Gunders is currently available for order on Amazon.com, so order a copy, study up, share with your friends what you’ve learned, or serve one of the 20 “use it up” recipes featured in the book at your next gathering to prove how delicious conserving food can be.
And, of course, stay tuned for more reading recommendations courtesy of Change Food!
Kelly Mertz earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies and French Language from American University, where she focused on International Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is fascinated by public nutritional health campaigns and the politics of food aid.