Originally published in 1971, "Diet for a Small Planet" by Frances Moore Lappé features delicious recipes such as Tiger's Candy, Frankie's Feiojada, and Peanut Butter Cookies with a Difference. But the book includes much more than cooking recipes. At the core of its message, the book holds that access to a healthy, plant-based diet gives a global springboard for healthier democracies, economies, environments, and social justice systems. “I felt from the beginning that food had special power,” says Lappé. “It viscerally connects you to the earth and to people. I remember learning that the word ‘companion’ is rooted in the French word for bread, the idea of breaking bread with another person. What we eat, others notice.” 3.5 million copies later and now at its 50th-edition, the book has triggered and continues to trigger food revolutions everywhere. It has sparked and influenced farm-to-table movements, community-supported agriculture, organic farming practices, and the plant-based industry.

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