50th Anniversary Edition of Diet for a Small Planet 

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Diet for a Small Planet: 50th Anniversary Edition


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By Frances Moore Lappé 

The 50th-anniversary edition of the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating—one that remains a complete guide for eating well in the new millennium—was released September 21st. This edition features a new introductory chapter, simple rules for a healthy diet; a streamlined, easy-to-use format; delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat; hundreds of wonderful recipes, and much more. It boasts eighty-five updated plant-centered recipes, including more than a dozen new delights from celebrity chefs including Mark Bittman, Padma Lakshmi, Alice Waters, José Andrés, Bryant Terry, Mollie Katzen, and Sean Sherman. Most importantly, it features a new introductory chapter emphasizing how the conversations, lifestyle choices, and impacts we can have on our food systems are, in 2021, equally if not even more crucial to consider as our culture shifts to more sustainable, plant-based eating based on the imposing threat of the climate crisis that threatens our society and world. This edition expands on the idea of diet as a powerful agent of social change, emphasizing how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, and move us toward real democracy.


  • Simple rules for a healthy diet

  • Streamlined, easy-to-use format

  • Food combinations that make delicious, protein-rich meals without meat

  • Indispensable kitchen hints—a comprehensive reference guide for planning and preparing meals and snacks

  • Hundreds of wonderful recipes


ISBN 978-0593357774

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Our Choice, Our Power: Introduction to the 50th Anniversary

An Extraordinary Time to Be Alive: Introduction to the 20th Anniversary


BOOK ONE: Diet for a Small Planet

Preface to the 10th Anniversary Edition


Part I. Recipe for a Personal Revolution

Part II. Digging to the Roots of Our Small Planet

Part III. Our Dangerous Diet—We Can Do Better!


BOOK TWO: Plant- and Planet-Centered Cooking for Everyone,

Preface to the 50th Anniversary Edition


Part I. Kitchen Tips for Eating Well on a Small Planet

Part II. Discovering the Pleasures in Planet-Centered Eating

Book Two Contributors





Permissions Acknowledgments


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Book Overview

Diet for a Small Planet is a 1971 bestselling book by Frances Moore Lappé, the first major book to note the environmental impact of meat production as wasteful and a contributor to global food scarcity. She argued for environmental vegetarianism—practicing a vegetarian lifestyle out of concerns over animal-based industries and the production of animal-based products, demonstrating how our everyday acts are a form of power to create health for ourselves and our planet. This extraordinary book has sold over three million copies worldwide and was groundbreaking for arguing that world hunger is not caused by a lack of food but by ineffective food policy. In addition to information on meat production and its impact on hunger, the book features simple rules for a healthy diet and hundreds of meat-free recipes. 

In the Fall of 2021, world-renowned food expert Frances Moore Lappé released a special 50th-anniversary edition of the book in which she dives even deeper, showing us how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, and move us toward real democracy. Sharing her personal journey and how this revolutionary book shaped her own life, Lappé offers a fascinating philosophy on changing yourself—and the world—that can start with changing the way we eat.

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Diet for a Small Planet: 20th Anniversary Edition (1991)

Twenty years and 3 million copies sold after its publication, Lappé returned once again with a 20-years-later version of her bestselling book in 1991. Expanding upon the rules for a healthy diet, guides to plant-based meals, and featuring a new introductory chapter “Diet for a Small Planet Twenty Years Later - An Extraordinary Time to Be Alive,” this edition launches Lappé’s original ideas for a food revolution into the changing mentalities, sustainable methods, and inspiring opportunities of the world as it approaches the dawn of the 21st Century.

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Diet for a Small Planet: 10th Anniversary Edition (1982)

Ten years and two million copies after its initial 1971 publication, the extraordinary book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating remained a powerful food guide well into the ‘80s. Sharing her personal evolution and how this groundbreaking book changed her own life, Frances Moore Lappé returned with a second, completely revamped version of Diet for a Small Planet for the 10th-anniversary edition in 1982.

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Diet for a Small Planet: 1st Edition (1971)

A book with a unique point of view and with unique information

  • what foods to put together to make delicious protein-rich meals without heavy use of meats

  • why you must have protein, and how much

  • cost comparisons of non-meat protein

  • recipes, charts that demonstrate a whole new world of protein eating


“A plan for eating less meat (or none!) and actually improving our overall nutrition… how to blend vegetarian foods to obtain protein that is far better in quality and quantity than most people get when they eat standard fare… it makes all other cooking obsolete.”


“Frances Moore Lappé is one of the few people who can credibly be said to have changed the way we eat—and one of an even smaller group to have done it for the better.” —David Marchese, New York Times

“This book [Diet for a Small Planet] started a food revolution in 1971—And It’s Never Felt More Relevant. Diet For a Small Planet argued that plant-centered eating is better for ourselves and our planet. Fifty years later, that idea is still shaping how we eat.” —Jonathan Kauffman, Bon Appétit

“Nearly 50 years ago, Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet laid out how we could feed the world by using fewer resources, transporting food more efficiently and streamlining our access to protein and calories by consuming them directly from plants. These ideas have only become more relevant and urgent [today].”

— Mia MacDonald and Gene Baur, Daily News

"When Lappé wrote Diet for a Small Planet, she changed the lives of an entire generation. Long before anyone was talking about sustainability or climate change, Lappé was doing the math and showing us that the American way of eating was unsustainable. . . . Diet has influenced my food choices ever since then." —Ruth Reichl, Food and Wine writer and PBS  host of Gourmet’s Dairy of a Foodie