The Blue Plate: A Food Lover's Guide to Climate Chaos

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About the Author
Mark Easter is an ecologist who has conducted research in academia and private industry since 1988. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1982 and a M.S. in Botany from the University of Vermont in 1991. Easter authored and co-authored more than fifty scientific papers and reports related to carbon cycling and the carbon footprint of agriculture, forestry, and other land uses. He contributed analyses to multiple reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2018 he was named a fellow of the Colorado State University School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Besides his scientific work, Easter co-founded the organization Save The Poudre and is a founding board member of the organization Save the Colorado. He works with these organizations to help restore rivers to healthy conditions and protect rivers from water development. He loves to read, cook from his garden, hike and ski in wild places, and spend time with his wife, Leslie Brown and their dog, Bonny.
Anthony Myint is an American restaurateur, chef, activist, author, and food consultant based in the Mission in San Francisco. He is a founder of Mission Chinese Food, "The Perennial," Mission Street Food, Mission Cantina, "Mission Burger," "Lt. Waffle," and "Commonwealth Restaurant." He is a pioneer in the environmental and charitable restaurant movement.

The Blue Plate is the food book of the decade, and it tastes like hope. With the story-telling chops of Michael Pollen, the ethics of Thoreau, and the climate expertise of James Hanson, Mark Easter lays it all out: We CAN feed the world and nourish the earth at the same time. Here is how it can be done. And here is how you can participate. Authoritative, entertaining, and useful -- this is the book I have been waiting for.

-- Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Encouragement for Earth's Weary Lovers

Every bite we take--whether from a peach, a lamb chop, or a chunk of braised tofu--has an impact on a landscape somewhere in the world. Many thanks to Mark Easter for his thoughtful and comprehensive appraisal of the methods by which our food is produced and for this roadmap to align our eating with our concerns for the planet's health. --Kristin Ohlson, author of Sweet in Tooth and Claw and The Soil Will Save Us

Tag along with one of the premier scientists studying our food system's carbon footprint, as he takes us on a fascinating journey to meet the farmers, ranchers, and composters who are dramatically slashing emissions and transforming agriculture from a climate problem to a climate solution.

Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground, Grain by Grain, and Healing Grounds

Calling all foodies! Calling all soil and earth-loving readers! The Blue Plate is a lively look at the carbon footprint of our food -- a journey that takes us across America and zooms in on our favorite eats. Similar in spirit to Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush, this book directs an honest gaze at what's going on - and what we can do about it. Grounded in science, and yet told in story, this book teaches, inspires, and informs. From peaches to bread to beer to fish, The Blue Plate is indeed about our planet, our plates, and our future." - Laura Pritchett, winner of the PEN USA Award, the Colorado Book Award, and author of The Blue Hour, Stars Go Blue, and Red Lightning.
In a well-structured mash up of research, analysis, and - above all - story, Mark Easter has created one of the most compelling books about climate change in recent memory. Or wait, is it about food? That's the beauty of the book - it is truly about both, and how our daily choices about what to put on our plates ties us into a global network of food production and delivery that has been the largest contributor to global warming, yet also holds the key to reversing the trend. In they end, they give the readers the power that only knowledge can instill: how to make the choices that support a food system that heals both body and to create blue plates." - Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet.

Mark Easter gives us a different way of looking at food and a different way of looking at climate change. He clearly loves food and has something important to say about it. Mark Kurlansky, bestselling author of Cod, Salt, and many other books
Anyone asking "Can we eat ourselves out of the climate crisis?" should begin with this book. Mark Easter offers not only a beautiful hymn to the elements, but a wonderful introduction to the difficult demands that science makes of us when we ask the most difficult questions with deep honesty and commitment. -- Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

An entertaining, enlightening, and uplifting guide to the food-climate connection.

--David R. Montgomery, co-author of What Your Food Ate and The Hidden Half of Nature