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September 21, 2021
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The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook: Save Food, Save Money, and Save the Planet

In The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook, food and travel writer Cinda Chavich reveals some hard-to-swallow numbers. Every year, producers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers around the world, toss and waste 1.3 billion metric tonnes of food, enough to feed 3 million people. Individually, Stats Can indicates that’s 122 kilograms per Canadian, with 51 percent of the waste occurring at home.

What’s more, Oceana, a group of leading foundations focused solely on oceans, reported in 2014 that global bycatch accounts for 40 percent of the world’s total catch of fish per year. Scientists say that will lead to a complete collapse of the world’s fisheries within the next 30 years. Is there anything a consumer can do besides feel utter despair?

Beyond bleak realities, The Waste Not, Want Not cookbook published by TouchWood Editions, has 140 ideas on how home cooks can use up all of the stale bread, slightly wrinkly produce, and leftover roasts, bones and carcasses in their kitchen. The recipes that follow are suggestions on how to eat up staples: apples, carrots, red peppers and bread. The cookbook also includes tips on how to store and preserve food to make things last longer, and how to cook once and create three different meals.

Recipes © Cinda Chavich, 2015, The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook. Reprinted with permission from TouchWood Editions.

Recipes from the book