I am a reader. Since a very young age, I devoured books at an astonishing rate. (I’ve slowed down in my old age, but it’s always a goal to read more often.) Because of my propensity for literature, the first step in my (very slow) conversion to zero waste was to read every single zero waste kitchen book I could get my hands on.
Metaphorically, of course. I try not to buy physical books anymore.
I thought I’d recommend some zero waste kitchen books I’ve found useful on my journey. They range from books specifically about zero waste to amazing cookbooks that focus on using the entirety of local, eco-friendly foods.
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- Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too*: I love how this book is laid out – in such detail, with so many great sections for easy reference. While the book isn’t strictly about the kitchen, there are plenty of sections specifically on reducing waste in the kitchen and during shopping trips.
- My Zero-Waste Kitchen: Easy Ways to Eat Waste Free*: I read this book recently and while it wasn’t super informative, it did offer some useful tips. The book promises to show how easy it is to live more sustainably without making a complete lifestyle change. Great for beginning zero wasters!
- Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food*: I really enjoyed this book because not only does it discuss reducing food waste, but it also frames the problem as a way to save money in the kitchen which I really appreciated. Fill with both practical tips as well as tons of stats, this book is a great primer to going zero waste in the kitchen.
- Make the Bread, Buy the Butter*: Author Jennifer Reese decided to find out whether it really was cost-effective to DIY in the kitchen. A great resource about what you should and shouldn’t DIY based on cost. From a zero waste perspective, a great way to see alternatives to store-bought items, even if they may be slightly more expensive.
- The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day*: people are scared of making bread, but it’s really not the difficult process people make it out to be. DIY bread is one of the easiest ways to reduce grocery waste, and this book does an amazing job of introducing people to how easy bread can really be!
- Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty: This is a brand new book that looks really promising, although I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. To quote directly: “features 100 recipes by Mads Refslund, one of the initial partners at Noma, the world-renowned Danish restaurant, using local ingredients in a sustainable, no-waste fashion.”
- The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove*: Love love love this book. Part non-fiction about the author’s life as she gives up going out to restaurants, part cookbook of all the recipes she creates… I cannot recommend this more for people trying to break the cycle of consuming so much outside the home!
What books do you keep on hand to help cultivate a zero waste kitchen? (Or any particularly great cookbooks? I love a great recipe!) Please share in the comments below!