Kristina’s Bookshelf

Meat-Less: Transform the Way You Eat and Live –
One Meal at a Time

by Kristie Middleton
(Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2017) 

Oakland resident Kristie Middleton, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States, is a passionate advocate for animal welfare. Part of her passion is a commitment to eating a meat-free diet. Her new book shares scientific and nutritional research regarding the negative effects on people and the environment caused by meat consumption. To give a human dimension to the facts she provides, Middleton presents stories of individuals who have changed their diets to eat lower on the food chain and shares her own advice for more plant-based eating.
Although it includes more than 60 recipes (no photographs or drawings), Meat-Less is less a cookbook than a book about the benefits—in terms of health, the environment, and sustainability—of eating less meat and fewer animal products. The small steps Middleton advocates for changing eating habits and behaviors, together with advice, tips, and recipes, will be helpful to anyone looking to make the transition to a diet with less meat.
Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations with
our readers.